Furniture generally refers to movable durable objects designed to support different human activities like eating, seating, and sleeping. Furniture is used either to hold fixed objects in an easy to reach and organize position for use, or to hold temporarily fixed objects at a convenient height for use. Furniture is often considered an artistic form and is actually a result of artistic design. There are many types of furniture which include modern, traditional, casual, functional, classic, Victorian, and traditional-transitional.
The basic pieces of furniture that are found in most homes include the table, chairs, dressers, desks, nightstands, and chests. The most common type of furniture is the single-piece furniture that consists of a table, chairs, chest, and possibly a bookcase. A matching set of tables and chairs are usually found together. Other examples of single-piece furniture include dining tables, side tables, coffee tables, chest-on-chests, sideboards, and loveseats.
The most popular type of furniture is the single-piece with coordinating drawers and/or chests. This type of furniture has dressers and cabinets both attached to one another with metal clips or by means of wood shelving. A matching chest or dresser can be used to accommodate footwear, belts, hats, gloves, scarves, sunglasses, neckties, scarves, and other accessories. A matching ottoman, side table, or dresser can be used to accommodate lingerie or other items.
A hutch is a piece of decorative furniture that features open spacing between the compartments of the piece of furniture. It is most often seen in families or with entertainment systems since the hutch often serves as a work space for adults. The name hutch comes from the term “hut” which meant a roofed compartment in ancient times. Historically, these types of furnishings were made with wooden slats to protect them from the weather.
There are also various types of accent chairs. These are pieces that are not needed for seating, but serve as decorative accents to an interior space. Club chairs, chaise lounges, and accent chairs all fall into this category. They can either feature a back for sitting or they can have arms on the chairs.
In terms of larger items such as tables and chairs, there are two different types of small furniture that are popular with consumers. The first type of small furniture is the hall tree. Hall trees look like miniature trees with a center post for storage and other branches on its top. This type of furnishing is perfect for a kitchen since it allows one to save space when it comes to storing dishes and other small items.