Common Types of Furniture

The word furniture refers to a set of objects in a room or space that are used for ordinary activities. This set includes tables, chairs, counters, shelves, armchairs, and more. This doesn’t include appliances, machines, or storage. Furniture is all those horizontal surfaces and vertical angles that allow for comfortable sitting, working, or playing. Let’s take a look at some of the most common kinds of furniture. It can be either a piece of art or a piece of functional equipment.


Modernist designers of the 1960s embraced angular/diagonal lines in their designs. They were reacting to conventionality and the anti-establishment movement that was sweeping the nation and the world. Angular/diagonals have been popular design themes ever since. Modernists like Jacques Adnet and George Nelson also loved the look of angular/diagonals furniture. They found it refreshing and unorthodox, but still manage to remain both functional and elegant.

Miter joints

When assembling pieces of furniture, miter joints must be perfectly aligned in order to be glued together. Otherwise, the parts will slip past one another. Glue joints also need to be reinforced since the end grain surfaces are not strong enough to hold up under pressure. Here are some tips to create a strong miter joint. Using a screwdriver and clamp, you can fix a gap in a mitered joint without damaging the plywood veneer.

Track arms

Track arms are a stylish way to add character to a room. With a straight design and no outward curve, they are a great way to update a traditional space, while maintaining a vintage feel. Because they take up less space than other arm styles, they are a smart choice for small spaces. They can also be dressed up or down to fit any decor. In addition, they can be paired with a skirt for a more traditional look or show off legs for a more contemporary look.

Interlaced ornamental woodwork

An interlaced ornamental woodwork pattern is a simple pattern of cut-outs, usually with geometric patterns. It is most often seen on Chippendale furniture, but it can also add a global character to a room’s design. An example of interlaced ornamental woodwork is the violin back splat on a Windsor chair. This pattern is often done in gold or silver wire and represents the interlaced patterns of a twig.

Decorative surfacing

Decorative surfacing for furniture consists of a layer of durable material that is bright and glossy, resistant to fading, and relatively inexpensive to manufacture. This durable material allows for the designer to create designs with colors of extraordinary depth and brilliance, and should not emit volatile organic compounds. It also provides a high level of protection against chipping, peeling, and fading. And because it is recyclable, it is considered an environmentally friendly material.

Space-saving design

The need for space-saving furniture is growing by leaps and bounds. It has become an industry. Italian furniture manufacturer Clei has become a leader in this market and Resource Furniture is the exclusive North American distributor. Clei has produced an amazing video portfolio showcasing some of their modular designs, which went viral on YouTube, garnering 19 million views in a single month. Here’s an example of space-saving furniture: