In Western architecture, a lounge, additionally known as a lounge room, lounge or sitting room, is a room in a residential home or condominium for relaxing and socializing. Such a room is typically known as a entrance room when it is near the main entrance at the entrance of the house. In giant formal houses, a sitting room is usually a small non-public residing space adjoining to a bedroom, such as the Queen's Sitting Room and the Lincoln Sitting Room of the White House. The term lounge was coined within the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.
In houses that lack a parlour or drawing room, the lounge might also operate as a reception room.
A typical Western lounge could contain furnishings equivalent to a sofa, chairs, occasional tables, espresso tables, bookshelves, electric lamps, rugs, or different furniture. Historically, a sitting room within the United Kingdom and New Zealand has a hearth, courting from when this was obligatory for heating. In a Japanese sitting room, known as a washitsu, the floor is roofed with tatami, sectioned mats, on which individuals can sit comfortably.