In Western structure, a lounge, also referred to as a lounge room, lounge or sitting room, is a room in a residential home or condo for relaxing and socializing. Such a room is typically referred to as a entrance room when it is close to the main entrance at the entrance of the house. In massive formal homes, a sitting room is commonly a small non-public dwelling area adjacent to a bed room, such because the Queen's Sitting Room and the Lincoln Sitting Room of the White House. The time period lounge was coined within the late nineteenth or early 20th century.
In homes that lack a parlour or drawing room, the living room might also operate as a reception room.
A typical Western lounge could contain furnishings corresponding to a sofa, chairs, occasional tables, coffee tables, bookshelves, electric lamps, rugs, or other furniture. Historically, a sitting room within the United Kingdom and New Zealand has a hearth, courting from when this was vital for heating. In a Japanese sitting room, referred to as a washitsu, the ground is roofed with tatami, sectioned mats, on which individuals can sit comfortably.