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Banksy13 Sun 10-Feb-19 14:50:58

So is it a sitting room, a lounge, a family room, a TV room, a front room, a drawing room?! I'm not from the UK originally and I guess this may be class related. My husband calls it the lounge so we go with that, my family back home call it a sitting room however.

dudsville Sun 10-Feb-19 14:51:47

I say sitting room.

ImportantWater Sun 10-Feb-19 14:52:32

I call it the front room, which is what we called it when I was young. I would probably call it that even if it wasn’t in the front of the house!

Herja Sun 10-Feb-19 14:53:23

Sitting room.

EllieMentry Sun 10-Feb-19 14:54:08

Living room. Or front room/back room depending on which bit I'm sitting in. I irrationally dislike the word 'lounge'! Growing up it was the front room.

SecondTimeCharm Sun 10-Feb-19 14:54:16

I say front room too, even though it’s actually at the back of the house i live in now grin

FurCoatAndNaeKnickers Sun 10-Feb-19 14:54:23

I call it the living room.

danni0509 Sun 10-Feb-19 14:54:34

Front room.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 10-Feb-19 14:54:36

We say sitting room.

If you’re worried about the class thing, don’t say lounge. Lounges are only found in airports and hotels.

Personally, i don’t care what anyone calls it.

TheKitchenWitch Sun 10-Feb-19 14:54:43

Living room

ChesterGreySideboard Sun 10-Feb-19 14:56:18

Living room for me.

As a child we only had two rooms down stairs so it was called ‘the other room’, as in ‘dad isn’t in the kitchen so he must be in the other room’.

TinselAndKnickers Sun 10-Feb-19 14:56:24

Living room!

ChesterGreySideboard Sun 10-Feb-19 14:57:45

And I agree, never the lounge. Lounges are for hotels, airports and pubs, although less so in pubs these days.

DaphneduM Sun 10-Feb-19 14:58:06

Sitting room

GeorgieTheGorgeousGoat Sun 10-Feb-19 14:58:08

Sitting room

libellule1 Sun 10-Feb-19 14:58:32

Lounge or Living room interchangeably for me. I'm originally not from UK either.

iklboo Sun 10-Feb-19 14:58:57

Front room

babypsmum Sun 10-Feb-19 14:59:31

Living room!

merrybloominchristmas Sun 10-Feb-19 14:59:34

living room

the only people i know who have a drawing room were really posh and it was where they entertained visitors

lounge makes me cringe

Bubastes Sun 10-Feb-19 14:59:50

Sitting room. Most Irish people seem to say sitting room.

TheBreastmilksOnMe Sun 10-Feb-19 15:02:09

Living room.

ChesterGreySideboard Sun 10-Feb-19 15:02:23

I have friends who call it the parlour, but that is an affectation.

HowlsMovingBungalow Sun 10-Feb-19 15:07:41

Front room

flumpybear Sun 10-Feb-19 15:07:57

Lounge mostly, sometimes sitting or living room.
Drawing room is not the lounge, it's a room where women would 'withdraw' to when the men smoked cigars and drank brandy after dinner if I recall correctly

WarpedGalaxy Sun 10-Feb-19 15:15:01

Living room or family room. My wc grandmas used lounge but they also had separate parlours into which only the most preferred of guests (ie not us grandchildren) were invited. My mum also used lounge growing up but became a bit of a Hyacinth Bouquet when she left home and married and insisted on ‘sitting room’ because ‘lounge’ was ‘common’ and ‘living room’ not much better. I live in the USA now and a lounge is a place in a hotel or restaurant where you sit and have drinks.

MumUnderTheMoon Sun 10-Feb-19 15:15:28

Living room

Wintermonster Sun 10-Feb-19 15:20:20

Drawing room when I am pretending to be posh. Otherwise front room grin

CottonSock Sun 10-Feb-19 15:22:04

Lounge, no idea why

Thumbcat Sun 10-Feb-19 15:23:40

Front room, although in our new house it's at the back.

FuckYouRichardParker Sun 10-Feb-19 15:24:56

Our living room is our back room so call it both.

Oblomov19 Sun 10-Feb-19 15:26:58

Surprised so many people call it the sitting room.

ShannonRockallMalin Sun 10-Feb-19 15:29:01

Living room.

Growing up, we just called it ‘the room’, no idea why as it was not the only room in the house!

ivykaty44 Sun 10-Feb-19 15:30:49

Sitting room, it’s for sitting in 😉 but it’s bedroom not sleeping room

Theimpossiblegirl Sun 10-Feb-19 15:31:19

Living room or front room.

FrankUnderwoodsWife Sun 10-Feb-19 15:31:44

Sitting room
We also have a drawing room we only ever use at Christmas and with guests

DramaAlpaca Sun 10-Feb-19 15:31:58

Sitting room

Alongwaytogo Sun 10-Feb-19 15:32:34

Living room. And occasionally just the room - we always called it this as children

LemonRedwood Sun 10-Feb-19 15:35:51

Living room. Never lived in a house where it was at the front, so front room makes little sense to me grin

HoraceCope Sun 10-Feb-19 15:36:32

sitting room

Bluntness100 Sun 10-Feb-19 15:37:17

Living room,

Crowdo Sun 10-Feb-19 15:37:31

Living room.

lanbro Sun 10-Feb-19 15:38:16

Lounge here, sometimes sitting room, but my whole family say lounge...

Squ1ggle Sun 10-Feb-19 15:39:42

Lounge or living room here. Never sitting room. We're in the NW if that makes a difference

Time40 Sun 10-Feb-19 15:40:01

Drawing room is not the lounge

Yes it is. In order of posh-ness, the terms go: drawing room, sitting-room, living-room, lounge.

I call mine the sitting-room, but only because it's small, and I'd feel a bit of a tit calling it the drawing-room.

NameyMcNameChange1 Sun 10-Feb-19 15:41:57

Sitting room, simply because if I called it anything else my mother is likely to come back from the dead in order to a sharp intake of breath in my direction. We also have a drawing room but not because we’re oosh. It’s a cupboard that ds has a desk in and does his drawing.

chemenger Sun 10-Feb-19 15:45:04

Living room or sitting room. Growing up we had a living room and one called “the room” like some previous posters, which was kept for visitors and special occasions like Christmas.

DawgLover Sun 10-Feb-19 15:45:37

Living room. I don't know if it's true, but I was told that this is because the room used to be used for mourning and where a dead relative would be presented before burial, and once that practice decreased they changed the name to "living room" to reflect its new use

Pascha Sun 10-Feb-19 15:47:30

Living room here, though the kitchen sofa gets just as much use. I grew up with a front room.

lettymoo Sun 10-Feb-19 15:52:18

Living room, or maybe sitting room. It's only a technically a drawing room if you have it in addition to another such room. Lounges are in hotels and airports, it isn't really correct to describe a room in a house as one. My grandparents used to call it "the other room," which didn't entirely make sense as there were more than 2 downstairs rooms

blueskiesovertheforest Sun 10-Feb-19 15:58:00

Living room.

I think anything is fine except lounge, which as others say is in an airport or other public building.

BloomsButtons Sun 10-Feb-19 16:01:38

Living room. Lounge sounds all kinds of wrong to me grin

HollyBollyBooBoo Sun 10-Feb-19 16:02:36

Lounge - not sure why, probably because my mum does?!

lotusbell Sun 10-Feb-19 16:03:01

Lounge and quite like it despite it obviously being terribly wrong to so many. It's still a definition in a dictionary, so I think it may just be acceptable. Some utter snobs on here.

thefirst48 Sun 10-Feb-19 16:04:04

Living room.

blueskiesovertheforest Sun 10-Feb-19 16:04:25

Oh I take that back - drawing room and parlour are not fine unless you're in a Jane Austen novel grin Parlour sounds like the place you milk cows to me grin or a funeral parlour... and sounds very odd used to refer to a room in a 21st century private house.

Wasn't the word parlour used purely to point out you had more than one reception room even in the 18th century? So it's always been a bit affected.

Bubastes Sun 10-Feb-19 16:05:45

Lounge just makes me think of a pub with a bar bit and a ummm, lounge bit.

SubisYodrethwhenLarping Sun 10-Feb-19 16:06:06

Sitting room smilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmile

PhilODox Sun 10-Feb-19 16:07:10

Sitting room.
But I often sit in the kitchen, particularly in winter, because it's warmer.

Liz38 Sun 10-Feb-19 16:07:42

Living room. DH has a lounge though and i hate it!

Zoflorabore Sun 10-Feb-19 16:07:48

Living room here too.
My mil says "back kitchen" which drives me bloody crazy, especially as our kitchen is in the front and she still says it!

Veronicat Sun 10-Feb-19 16:08:04

Old farmhouse so we call them the front room and the other front room. Or the fridge, as the other one is so cold.

PhilODox Sun 10-Feb-19 16:08:31

And I think of a lounge as somewhere you lounge around...and we were never allowed to do that as children, so we didn't have one!

RaininSummer Sun 10-Feb-19 16:09:08

Living room or front room.

Dhalandchips Sun 10-Feb-19 16:10:29

Where I grew up 'front room's was what the 'lower class' people had. My dad had delusions of grandeur! We have a sitting room.

SheepyFun Sun 10-Feb-19 16:12:23

Living room, though we don't have a dining room - might use sitting room if we had both (I do realise that's weird!).

Rather posh friends of ours have a drawing room, but that's in addition to a kitchen/dining/family room (they have a large house, so it's a big room with a good amount of space for each of those functions). I still can't imagine using the term 'drawing room' even if we had a house as large as theirs!

GiveMyHeadPeaceffs Sun 10-Feb-19 16:13:00

Living room here although my ds calls it the toy room 🙄

JiltedJohnsJulie Sun 10-Feb-19 16:13:14

Living Room.

KeithLeMonde Sun 10-Feb-19 16:13:51

Interesting - was wondering where "front room" sits in the class stakes!

My ILs say "lounge" and it's one of the few non-U words that really sets my teeth in edge (I am not posh)

RaininSummer Sun 10-Feb-19 16:16:42

Never thought of front room as a class thing. Mine is literally the front of the house. I also have a middle room aka computer room and a back room aka dining room I guess.

CoachBombay Sun 10-Feb-19 16:16:53

Living room for us too.

tierraJ Sun 10-Feb-19 16:16:54

We always called in the lounge in my family.

Shimy Sun 10-Feb-19 16:16:56

Drawing room. [shimy]

NothingOnTellyAgain Sun 10-Feb-19 16:17:32

This is all a class thing isn't it!

Growing up we had a lounge which is weird as the class list says they should call it something else
Our house DH called the lounge (my word) the front room

Then we had an extension and the name "big room" has stuck! The room that was the lounge / front room went out of action and was filled with crap but now we are sorting it out and will have to give it a name. We were thinking "morning room" (joking obv) as it gets the sun in the morning how's that on the poshness scale grin

Shimy Sun 10-Feb-19 16:17:38

Meant drawing room grin

Grinchly Sun 10-Feb-19 16:17:37


Bluntness100 Sun 10-Feb-19 16:18:28

So basically a living room is the largest room in thr house. It's where thr family congregate to do their. "Living"

A sitting room is a smaller room than the living room, and for, well, sitting.

So for example I say I have two living rooms. I don't, I have a living room and a sitting room. If you only have one, then it would be thr living room.

A drawing room is more formal and a different from for entertaining guests

A lounge is a public space, ie hotel bar, and again s is for waiting or guests etc, technically you can have a lounge in your house, I assume if you've a large house.

There is no class denominator in the terms, simply room definitions.

NothingOnTellyAgain Sun 10-Feb-19 16:18:58

Op just call it whatever comes naturally.

No-one worth knowing will actually judge you by what you call the room where you sit and watch telly grin

Other options
Family room

irisheyesaresmiling7 Sun 10-Feb-19 16:33:24

We have a living room and a snug.

LittleBearPad Sun 10-Feb-19 16:37:39

Sitting room.

There is no class denominator in the terms, simply room definitions.

This is not true.

April241 Sun 10-Feb-19 16:40:13

Living room here

riotlady Sun 10-Feb-19 16:40:18

Living room.

I think front room v living room is a regional thing rather than class? The side of the family that are in Lancashire all have front rooms, the ones in Northumberland have a living room.

Knittedfairies Sun 10-Feb-19 16:40:53

Sitting room.

walkingtheplank Sun 10-Feb-19 16:43:39

I'd say Lounge. I had no idea it was so declassé.

ShadyLady53 Sun 10-Feb-19 16:44:50

Living room mainly. Occasionally lounge.

workshyfop Sun 10-Feb-19 16:51:20

The DCs refer to ours as ‘the telly room’ and it’s stuck so we all call it that now

MistyMaudMilou Sun 10-Feb-19 17:11:15

I call it the sitting room, living room and front room. Whichever pops into my head first. Husband calls it the front room. I grew up calling it the sitting room. My mum has a sitting room upstairs and a morning room downstairs!

TeacupDrama Sun 10-Feb-19 17:20:05

my parents call the receptions rooms the lounge and the dining room ( west midlands)
I call my room the library it's my retreat and a toy free zone some people would call it a snug I never would, the other main reception room is the sitting or living room, DD calls it TV room her toys are there too, we are in Scotland

WingsofNylon Sun 10-Feb-19 17:26:27

Sitting room for the main one.

I'd use living room in other people's houses if it was an open plan type set up I suppose. Or had dual use, such as sofas and a dinning table or play area in it.

Lounge gives me the hebiejebbies, as it gives me an image of a slightly tubby man slouched on a sofa in his not so white pants....

No objection to other people using it though.

TellerTuesday4EVA Sun 10-Feb-19 17:26:39

Front room - which is actually at the front & then the room at the back which is technically DD's playroom but where we spend most time is the 'other room' not sure why it's not the back room but that's just how it is.

Bluntness100 Sun 10-Feb-19 17:27:33

This is not true

Yes it is. It used to be there was a class denominator, but not any more, people use the terms inter changeably and often inaccurately.

Things like front room possibly still do and are regional,

Bubastes Sun 10-Feb-19 17:28:59

Nah. Like everything in the UK different words to describe the same thing always have class connotations.

Meandmetoo Sun 10-Feb-19 17:31:15

Front room. No idea why as I don't have a back room!

CountFosco Sun 10-Feb-19 17:42:24

We have 2 'living' rooms. One is called the playroom by us, but other people usually call it the family room. Probably a more accurate description TBH so might become that eventually. The other one is the sitting room (or the library but that's a bit of a family joke).

In the extended family the following terms are used for rooms people sit in: living room, study, sitting room, lounge, porch, family room, snug.

Bluntness100 Sun 10-Feb-19 17:52:29

We also often call the second living room thr play room, probably as that's what we called when our daughter was young and it stuck. Now it houses the play station, x box etc, as well as a tv and sofas. More and more though I find us referring it to it as the other living room.

Technically it is a sitting room and the main one is a living room though, but I can't imagine I will ever call it the sitting room.,

joystir59 Sun 10-Feb-19 17:53:42

Living room

Megan2018 Sun 10-Feb-19 17:55:12

Sitting room or living room. I prefer sitting room but it was living room when I was little

irisheyesaresmiling7 Sun 10-Feb-19 17:58:19

Our living room has doors between it and the kitchen and is where we have our visitors whereas our snug has bookcases and is really just for DH, DC & I.
Both have a stove, tv and comfy sofas.

flowery Sun 10-Feb-19 17:59:41

Lounge. I would feel like I was trying to be posh or something if I called it sitting room or living room.

The term lounge doesn’t remotely suit the actual room in question in our house, but it’s stuck anyway, that’s what it always was growing up.

(Mind you I still have to remind myself to say coaster rather than beer mat...)

Boom76 Sun 10-Feb-19 18:00:55

We have a sitting room and a family room. Growing up, I’d always say living room though

3out Sun 10-Feb-19 18:03:40

I disagree with the two living room comment. If you have two living rooms (and are hyacinth bucket-esque) then you’d probably refer to them as the sitting room and the drawing room. ‘Living room’ wouldn’t pass the debretts test.
Of course, you can call the rooms in your own home whatever the heck you like though!

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