Furniture is a major part of every house, making it comfortable and complete. The type of furniture required depends on personal taste and the size of the home. Some prefer a thoroughly furnished house while others are satisfied with just the essentials.
Furniture includes a wide variety of items, from functional household equipment such as chairs and tables to decorative pieces like clocks and mirrors. It is generally made from wood or upholstered, but can also be made of metal, plastics, marble and glass. Furniture is designed to be portable, and its design evolves over time as new technology and materials become available. It is often grouped into categories according to its function: dining furniture, office furniture, bedroom furniture, living room furniture and so on.
The term furniture comes from the French fourniture, meaning equipment. It is a relatively modern word, replacing older terms such as “domestic equipment” or “necessary furniture”. In the past, people often created multifunctional pieces, such as trunks that could be used as seats or tables and that morphed into beds.
When purchasing furniture, especially expensive items, it is important to consider the construction quality. A good way to determine quality is to look for furniture with a solid, thick frame. The construction methods used are another indication of quality: better quality frames will be doweled, glued or mortise and tenon. Avoid pieces that are nailed or stapled together, since they will not hold up well over time.