The one item that can make a house a home...can you guess what it is?

Furniture village reveal the 10 things that can transform a house

Children's paintings, fridge magnets and shoes by the door are among the items which makes a house a home.

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A study by Furniture Village of 2,000 homeowners has revealed what transforms a house into a home. Sleeping in your own bed topped the list, with 65 per cent of people saying that their bed made a house feel like their home.

A further 48 per cent said that having a dedicated 'space' on the sofa made them feel at ‘home’. Personal touches including children’s paintings on the wall (20 per cent), fridge magnets (19 per cent) and even shoes by the door (19 per cent) also help complete a place.

bedroom with bed and cushions

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dominic Blackmore)

'This fascinating study confirms that it’s a combination of favourite pieces of furniture along with all those familiar little touches that make a house a home,' says a spokesperson from Furniture Village.

'It’s clear that having furniture you love – like your bed and your spot on the sofa – is really important at the end of the day. But it’s the simple things like family photos, flowers in a vase, and a well-stocked bookshelf that can instantly make your home the place you want to be.'

The research, by Furniture Village, also revealed the living room is the biggest priority when it comes to making a house homely, followed by the main bedroom and the kitchen.

white kitchen with cabinets and table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Ryan Wicks)

Decorating also has a big impact on making a house a home according to 53 per cent. However, 79 per cent admitted they feel like they will always have a never-ending to-do list of jobs around the house.
More than a quarter of those polled, via OnePoll, said a home has to be completely redecorated to feel like it's their own.

Almost half (46 per cent) feel a home represents an owner’s personality. This explains why artwork, a full bookshelf and personal treasures, such as festival tickets on display, made the list of what makes a house feel like home.

10 things that make a house a home

1.     Sleeping in your own bed
2.     Family photos
3.     Your own spot on the sofa
4.     The memories made in the home
5.     A fridge full of food
6.     A bookshelf filled with your books
7.     The smell of freshly cooked food
8.     Freshly washed bed sheets
9.     The location of the house
10.   Natural light

living room with grey sofa and carpet

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

'While bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens score highly as places for homely touches, having distinct spaces carefully designed for entertaining friends, connecting with family, and keeping tidy and organised all help people feel happy, comfortable and relaxed at home,' explains Furniture Village. 'Home has always been an important space, and that’s particularly true right now as so many of us are spending more time than ever in our homes.'

'As well as emotional touches such as memories made and kids running around the house, it’s important to have beautiful high-quality products which the whole family love and which add a touch of personality to the place.'

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Rebecca Knight
Deputy Editor, Digital

Rebecca Knight has been the Deputy Editor on the Ideal Home Website since 2022. She graduated with a Masters degree in magazine journalism from City, University of London in 2018, before starting her journalism career as a staff writer on women's weekly magazines. She fell into the world of homes and interiors after joining the Ideal Home website team in 2019 as a Digital Writer. In 2020 she moved into position of Homes News Editor working across Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc and Ideal Home covering everything from the latest viral cleaning hack to the next big interior trend.