Furniture is movable articles intended to support human activities such as sitting (stools, chairs and sofas), eating or working with an item at a convenient height from the floor (tables), lying down to sleep or rest (beds), or to store items (cabinets and shelves). It may also be used to make a room look attractive.
Furniture can be made of wood or other materials. Decorative techniques such as carving, turning, inlay work and gilding are often applied to enhance its beauty. In modern times, the value of a piece of furniture is often determined by its design and finish rather than its function or utility.
When choosing furniture, it is important to consider the needs of the people who will be using it. For example, if a family has young children, they will need furniture that is durable and stain-resistant. In addition, it is a good idea to choose pieces that match the overall style of the home.
Before making a purchase, take measurements of the room where the furniture will be placed. This will help ensure that the new furniture fits properly and does not overwhelm the space. Also, try out the furniture to see how comfortable it is. If possible, it is best to purchase a piece that can be upholstered in fabric that can be vacuumed or damp-wiped clean. This will be easier to maintain than a wood or metallic piece that can only be wiped down.