In Western structure, a living room, additionally known as a lounge room, lounge or sitting room, is a room in a residential house or condominium for stress-free and socializing. Such a room is typically known as a front room when it is near the primary entrance on the front of the house. In giant formal homes, a sitting room is commonly a small personal living space adjacent to a bed room, such because the Queen's Sitting Room and the Lincoln Sitting Room of the White House. The term living room was coined within the late nineteenth or early 20th century.
In homes that lack a parlour or drawing room, the lounge may additionally function as a reception room.
A typical Western living room could contain furnishings equivalent to a sofa, chairs, occasional tables, coffee tables, bookshelves, electrical lamps, rugs, or other furniture. Traditionally, a sitting room within the United Kingdom and New Zealand has a fire, dating from when this was vital for heating. In a Japanese sitting room, known as a washitsu, the ground is covered with tatami, sectioned mats, on which individuals can sit comfortably.