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Lounge lovers

Wednesday, 21st November, 2018 3:56pm

We’re a nation of lounge lovers as over half of us now see our ideal Friday or Saturday night as kicking back on the sofa with a takeaway.

According to new research from DFS, we are staying in more than ever before, with 56 per cent saying that when it comes to the weekend they prefer a good night in over a good night out.

58 per cent of people said they are going ‘out out’ significantly less at weekends this year.

With only 17 per cent of people saying they regularly go to bars or clubs, for many of us the appeal of a night spent in the living room is strong.

DFS is starting to see the emergence of a new trend for ‘big nights in’ at home. When it comes to important social occasions and get togethers, it seems we are no longer going ‘out out’ but are in fact opting to stay ‘in in’.

A nation of lounge lovers

After a lack of cash and energy, one of the main reasons why staying in is so appealing is access to creature comforts. 75 per cent of those surveyed cite the simple pleasure of being able to get a seat - “being able to relax on my own sofa” - and the intimacy of quiet, calm surroundings where you can hear yourself talk, as a must for a good night in.

As a result of not going out as much, over 60 per cent of people say it’s important to them to be able to entertain at home. 75 per cent of people feel the most important thing about hosting is to provide a comfortable space for their guest to relax in, and as a result over a third are turning to the hospitality industry for interior design inspiration.


63 per cent of people feel that décor is an important factor when entertaining at home, and one in three of us decorate with guests in mind.

To help get a look that we’re proud to host in, over a third take interiors inspiration directly from bars, restaurants and hotels.

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