The Benefits of Furniture
Furniture normally refers to movable objects designed to support multiple human activities including seating (e.g, chairs, stools, and lounges), eating (breakable dishes, cups), and resting (breakable beds). Furniture is used in many homes and most commonly in the home office to help with common activities. The most common types of furniture include couches, armchairs, sofas, chairs, dressers, beds, desks, and cabinets. Furniture is even used to hold larger objects at a convenient height for use during work (as adjustable shelves above the floor), or to conveniently store items (like drawers). Some examples of common furniture include bookshelves, dressers, entertainment centers, picture frames, television stands, and computer desks.
Furniture in offices, schools, churches, hospitals, and other venues can be movable to create an accessible environment. For instance, in public schools, furniture can be easily moved from one room to another with ease by teachers, administrators, and janitors. This also allows students to accommodate themselves when sharing a classroom without the risk of sitting in front of a desk. A similar benefit of movable furniture is provided by special seating for people with disabilities who may have trouble sitting in standard chairs because of their differences in height.
Furniture has been made from different materials throughout time; however, two main types of furniture are wood and metal. Wood furniture (including chairs and tables) is relatively expensive because of the material and labor required to create the pieces. Metal furniture, on the other hand, is extremely durable and is much cheaper than wood. Movable articles such as desks, tables, and chairs are much more affordable than movable articles like beds, mattresses, and refrigerators.