Furniture is a type of fitted interior decoration that supports various human activities in the built environment, especially seating (chairs, stools, sofas), eating or working, sleeping and storage. It is usually made from wood or other materials. It can be functional, decorative, ceremonial or symbolic. Its form and function can vary widely over time. Its design and construction can be as simple or as complex as the object itself, ranging from a pine chest and stick-back country chair to an elaborate marquetry work cabinet and gilded console table.
When purchasing furniture, it is important to consider the quality and durability of the piece. It is also a good idea to keep your budget in mind when shopping, as it will prevent you from spending more money than you can afford. Lastly, it is important to choose furniture that fits with your overall style and décor, which can be achieved by picking a theme for your home.
Throughout history, furniture has undergone little innovative development in its functional aspects. For example, an Egyptian folding stool fulfills the same basic functional requirements as a modern one, and a Roman sella curulis looks very similar to the chair shown on a medieval panel from the Bayeux Tapestry. However, with the introduction of entirely new synthetic materials and fabrication techniques, there has been a considerable evolution in furniture design. In particular, the use of steel and plastic has permitted more imaginative forms and constructions than those possible with wood alone.