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A Tudorbethan sitting room in the UK

A living room, also known as sitting room, lounge room or lounge (in the United Kingdom and Australia), is a room for entertaining guests, reading, watching TV or other activities. The term front room can also be used to describe a living room, because in many homes the living room is at the very front.

In modern homes and apartments, the living room has replaced the old-fashioned front parlour.[1] In the 19th century, the front parlour was the room in the house used for formal social events, including where the recently deceased were laid out before their funeral. The term marks the twentieth-century effort of architects and builders to strip the parlour of its burial and mourning associations. This room was relabeled with the more affirmative term "living room" in the 20th century.

A typical western living room will be furnished with a sofa, chairs, occasional tables, a television or stereo equipment, and bookshelves, lamps, rugs[2], as well as other pieces of furniture. Traditionally, a sitting room in the United Kingdom would have a fireplace. In Japan, people traditionally sat on tatami instead of chairs, but Western-style decor is also common these days.

In the United States, sometimes the living room is reserved for more formal and quiet entertaining while a separate recreation room or family room is used for more casual activities and drinking. In recent years, the term "great room" has come to be used to denote the family room, especially if it is open to the kitchen, and may feature a vaulted ceiling.


  1. ^ Martin, Judith (2003). Star-spangled manners: in which Miss Manners defends American etiquette (for a change). New York: W.W. Norton & Co. pp. 264. ISBN 0-393-04861-6.  
  2. ^ Home Decorating - The Living Room

Simple English

A living room is a room with a sofa in a home, but living room is a room for people to live. A living room has sometimes been taken by one group from another group. The living room in a home is shard by the people living in the home. In the living room they talk with each other and their guests and do other things such as reading or watching television. Living room furniture is put by the walls of the living room. The furniture includes a couch, cloth-covered chairs, and tables, lamps, a television, curtains and pictures. People may have started using the compound word, living room, in the early twentieth century.


  • Webster’s Third New International Dictionary of the English Language. G. & C. Merriam Company.
  • Concise Oxford English Dictionary. Tenth Edition. Oxford University Press.
  • The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company.
  • Living room. (2010, July 16). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:31, July 17, 2010, from


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