"A house that does not have one worn, comfy chair in it is soulless."
-- May Sarton

Part of the art of making something seem like home is making it comfy - not just physically comfortable, but also comforting.

There are many ways to do this, and the best ways will vary based on the residents of the home.

Some potential contributing factors are

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got the pacifier, swaddled in the blanky and got my stuffed friend -- all comfy now!

  • familiar objects, for a small child this could be a stuffed animal, for others, grandma's quilt or the family bible or shrine, family pictures
  • routines, like sit-down dinners for everyone at a regular time, bed-time stories
  • a place of one's own to adjust and decorate as one likes
  • physical comfort is not enough, but it is helpful: a chair to curl up in, a warm bed
  • something to make you feel relaxed and special - a fire in the fireplace, a hot bath, a wine rack
  • putting down roots - sometimes literally with gardening or by getting to know the neighbors, participating in the community

What makes you feel "at home"—safe, comfortable?


Physical needs

A prerequisite for being comfy is a feeling of safety. Accessibility and protective features, such as bumpers on sharp edges, may also play a role. If someone has trouble getting around a building (too many steps, narrow hallways, etc.) that person is not likely to find the place comfortable.


Some styles or materials may also make a place feel more comfortable. For instance, while glass objects may be beautiful and decorative, softer materials such as fabric will probably be perceived as more comfortable looking.


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