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Make your new house feel like home

To find out, we surveyed 2,000 homeowners in the UK via onepoll to find out when their place felt like their own, and what things made the difference.
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Feeling at home is about emotional connection

When we asked homeowners what really made them feel at home, it was the little things that made the difference. Family photos, a bookshelf filled with books, having a ‘place’ on the sofa and being able to sleep in their ‘own’ bed were all top reasons why a house felt like home.

Children’s paintings on the wall, shoes by the front door and fridge magnets are also some of the little things which complete a place.

65% of homeowners says being able to sleep in their ‘own’ bed is the reason why a house felt like home.


These are the top 20 things that made a house into a home:

  1. Sleeping in my own bed
  2. Family photos
  3. A place on the sofa
  4. Memories made in the home
  5. A fridge full of food
  6. A bookshelf filled with my books
  7. The smell of freshly cooked food
  8. Freshly washed bedsheets
  9. The location of the house
  10. Natural light
  11. Plants
  12. A dining table
  13. My kids in the house
  14. Fresh towels
  15. Flowers in vases
  16. Candles
  17. A fireplace
  18. Having the bed made
  19. A large TV
  20. Blankets and throws

65% of homeowners says being able to sleep in their ‘own’ bed is the reason a house felt like home.

The living room is voted the homeliest space in a house

The living room was found to be the top space which homeowners wanted to make feel homely, followed by the bedroom and the kitchen. Decorating everything properly and getting new furniture were the two big factors in making a house more like a home.

Having a place on the sofa was one of the top three homely triggers, and we know how great it feels to have the right sofa for all the family. Making sure there’s space for everyone means corner sofas are always popular with families. Then you just need to agree who is sitting where, and your home will instantly feel more like your own!

To help you choose the best sofa, try our sofa buying guide and then use our sofa sizer tool to find the perfect fit for your home.


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