Furniture is the collective term for the movable objects in a building, by and large, horizontal surfaces supported above the ground. In general, they are objects either for humans to sit or lie on, or to hold or contain smaller objects such as tools, books, decorative items and so on. Types of furniture include chairs, tables, shelves, cupboards, lighting and beds.

Street furniture is the collective term for pieces of equipment installed in the street, such as street lighting, traffic signs, traffic signals and garbage boxes.

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1 Chair
2 Bed
3 Table
4 Cupboard
5 List of Furniture Manufacturers (Extant)
6 List of Furniture Manufacturers (Defunct)


A chair consists of a seat, legs, back, and sometimes arm rests, for use by one person. Without back and arm rests it is called a stool. A chair for more persons is a couch, sofa, settee, loveseat or bench.


A bed is essentially a soft horizontal surface, large enough to lie on; it is mainly used for sleeping, relaxing and sexual activities.

A chair is to sit on, a bed to lie on. However, one can also lie on a couch, sofa or bench, and sit on a bed.


A table is to put things on, often temporarily, e.g. food and eating utensils, etc. during a meal, cups for drinks, a book (especially a big one, that one can not easily keep in one's hands), a spread-out map, writing paper during writing, and anything that requires having several objects at hand, including various hobbies. Things may also be put more permanently on a table, e.g. a TV, computer, objects for decoration (including a cloth, usually arranged to lie flat on the top surface, and either hang near two ends vertically over two parallel edges of the table, or hang mostly vertical along all four edges of the table, with bunched folds hanging at the four corners of the table), etc.

For some tables the top surface can be adjusted in size, with a part that is foldable or can slide under the rest. Some tables are foldable for easy transport, e.g. for camping. Small tables in trains and planes may be fixed or foldable.


A Desk is a table with one or often several drawers, also often used in offices. Unlike a regular table, only one side suitable to sit on.

Not all desks have the form of a table, however. For instance, an Armoire desk is a desk built within a large wardrobe-like cabinet usually having the height of a man or a woman.


Some cupboards are not movable, see also closet.

List of Furniture Manufacturers (Extant)

List of Furniture Manufacturers (Defunct)

  • Stickley Brothers Furniture
  • Berkey & Gay Furniture

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