Once the workplace is lost through unemployment, a person spends a high proportion of their time at home. In this context, the home is experientially altered. Actions become transformed, socially, psychologically and behaviourally, as the person copes with being unemployed. This paper investigates the dynamic and complex relationship between the unemployed person's emerging lifestyle and their home lifespace. Through in-depth interviews, attention is focused on the home as a restorative, supportive and/or worrisome environment, which acts as a system of constraints and opportunities for action.