Knowing the rooms in a house in French is useful knowledge to ensure your accommodation in France, especially Paris, have what you're looking for. Trust us when we say the French really appreciate it if you try to learn French, even just the basics.
When looking to rent an apartment (l'appartement), a house (la maison), a fancy hotel (l'hôtel), or an Airbnb, knowing the French words for rooms of the house will be beneficial. These words will also help you to get around a new and unfamiliar place or home and allow you to speak with homeowners about their homes.
In this article, we'll teach you the French house vocabulary pertaining to the French rooms of a home, along with the furniture and appliances that you would typically find in each room.
But first, we'll go over some grammar rules to use when speaking about the home.
The French word for house or home is maison. When discussing home and describing who the house belongs to, the possessive pronoun must change to match the personal pronoun being used.
Also, you'll find that the French won't use maison when describing which home belongs to whom. They prefer to use chez which directly translates to at the house of.
Here is how you would use chez and adapt the possessive pronouns to talk about people's homes:
|Personal Pronoun (French)||Chez + Possessive Pronoun (French)||Translation (English)|
|Je||chez moi||(This is) my house.|
|Tu||chez toi||(This is) your house.|
|Il||chez lui||(This is) his house.|
|Elle||chez elle||(This is) her house.|
|Nous||chez nous,||(This is) our house.|
|Vous||chez vous||(This is) your house.|
|Ils||chez eux||(This is) their (a group of men) house.|
|Elles||chez elles||(This is) their (a group of women) house.|
|Person's name - Pierre/Anne||chez Pierre, chez Anne…||(This is) Pierre's house / (This is) Anne's house|
If someone asks you where are you? (Où es-tu), you could respond with à la maison (at home) as opposed to à chez moi.
This is my house can be said c'est ma maison or c'est chez moi
As you continue through this lesson, you'll notice some nouns have le in front of them and others have la and a few will even have les. These words all mean the same thing - the. Each designates a noun to be either feminine or masculine like so:
le - the (masculine)
la - the (feminine)
les - the (for plural nouns so matter the gender)
To remember which designation to use will simply take time, practice, and lots of memorization! Let's begin by learning the names of the rooms of the house in French.
This is a list of the most commonly found rooms in a house in French. After this, we're going to take a deeper dive into a related vocabulary for rooms in a house in French such as appliances and furniture you can expect to find in each room.
|la buanderie||laundry room|
|la salle à manger||dining room|
|la salle de séjour||family room|
|le salon||living room|
You may want to give the owner of your home a compliment or simply inquire about where a particular room of the house is. Here are some ways to do both:
Here are the main appliances and necessities you may find in a French kitchen (la cuisine):
|la batterie de cusine||pots and pans|
|la cafetière||coffee maker|
|la cuisinière à gaz||gas stove|
|la cuisinière électrique||electric stove|
|le placard||kitchen cabinets or cupboards|
These are some questions or comments you may find yourself needing to say as a guest at someone's home or when inquiring about renting or purchasing a house.
Moving onto the living room or family room of a home (la salon), here is French vocabulary for some furniture and appliances you can expect to find.
|la console de jeux video||gaming console|
|la table -basse||coffee table|
|la télécommande||remote control|
|le bout de canapé||end table|
|le fauteuil relax||armchair|
|le fauteuil relax||recliner|
These are the typical pieces you'd find in a French house in the bedroom (la chambre):
|la chambre à coucher||bedroom (very specific)|
|la commode||chest of drawers|
|la lampe de chevet||bedside lamp|
|la pièce||room (any room)|
|la table de chevet||nightstand|
|le drap normal||flat sheet|
|le drap-housse||fitted sheet|
The bathroom (la salle de bain) is one of the most visited rooms of the house! It's also a place that goes by many names, each with its own distinction. Let's take a look:
Here are the words for all the items you may find in a washroom:
|un porte-avon||soap tray|
|un porte-serviettes||towel rack|
|un tapis de bain||bath mat|
Where is the bathroom? This can actually be answered in three different ways:
Here are some other ways to have a conversation about bathrooms in French:
These are the words to describe dining room (salle à manger) furniture in French:
|la nappe de table||tablecloth|
|la vitrine||dish cabinet|
If a home or apartment has a home office, this is how to say the furniture and appliance names in French:
|chaise de bureau||desk chair|
|le classeur||filing cabinet|
If a home or apartment happens to have a laundry room Buanderie (this would be quite a luxury), this is how to say the appliance names in French:
|la machine à laver||washing machine|
|le cintre||clothes hanger|
|le panier à linge||clothes basket|
These are the other features in a home you may like to know including how to describe levels.
|la nursery||children's room, nursery|
|premier étage||first floor|
|porte d'entrée||front door|
|la salle de jeux||game room|
|la terrasse patio||patio terrace|
|le potager||vegetable garden|
Do you know anyone who has pets? Well, it may be useful to learn animal names in French in case you want to talk about someone's pet while visiting their home, or maybe you'd like a pet and need to know what it's called in French!
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