Furniture, also called furnishing, refers to movable ornamental objects designed to support different human activities including seating (e.g, tables, chairs), eating (toasters, dining tables), and sleeping (beds). Furniture has been used in all human civilizations for thousands of years. Early Egyptians built pyramids without any furniture, and the Aztecs built their cities’ high with large stones. Ancient Chinese buildings called hut-style houses likewise lacked furnishings. Socrates pointed out the futility of furniture in an ancient debate, and Plato likewise expressed the same ideas when discussing the nature of intelligence and the nature of reality. According to Jean Baptiste Say, furniture is a symbol of luxury in ancient societies because it signifies wealth, whereas precious stones and artifacts were symbols of luxury in pre-classical times.
There are many kinds of furniture types including chairs, tables, couches, chairs (couching), and tables (lamp posts, table tops, and chair backs). Traditional chairs have arms and/or cushions that rest against a backrest. A chair can be divided into two types: low back chairs and high back chairs. Folding chairs are also available for those who are interested in seating for more than one person.
Coffee tables are important furniture types, because they usually contain a cabinet or a drawer or two beneath it. The most popular types of coffee tables are round, rectangular, or square. A coffee table is used to hold magazines, newspapers, cookbooks, trinkets, cards, or other reading materials. Entertainment centers are also useful furniture items. Entertainment centers can hold television sets, video game consoles, DVD players, or any other media devices.