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Revealed: How to Make a House a Home

Your home is more than just where you live. The idea of a ‘home’ has a big impact on our emotions and our wellbeing. And it’s especially true now when many of us are spending more time than ever in our homes. That got us thinking – what does it mean to be ‘at home’? How long does it take for a house to really feel like home, and what can we do to get that feeling faster? 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.


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

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