Welcome to our main types of furniture page for 2018. This is where you can access our epic furniture buying guides on every type of furniture imaginable including sofas, beds, tables, chairs, mattresses, ottomans, dining room furniture, entry hall furniture and more.
This is where you can access our numerous furniture articles and galleries.
I love, love, love sofas. My favorite are large, comfortable sectionals, but I'll gladly take a gorgeous Chesterfield or Tuxedo sofa for my formal living room.
Below you can access one of our most popular articles, which explains in details (with photo examples) every type and style of sofa you can buy.
Pretty much every house will have at least one table. Some houses will have 10 or more when you add up dining tables, end tables, accent tables, night stands, work tables, etc.
You'd be surprised how many styles and functions there are when it comes to tables.
My favorite type of chair is a large, oversized club chair. I love them. I have one and it's great (although there are nicer ones available).
My dad has the ultimate club chair - a massive, comfy oversized leather club chair you absolutely sink into.
However, there are many, many types and styles of chairs for the home.
Do not buy a bed until you read our massive bed buying guide setting out bed styles, sizes, materials and unique features.
There are dozens of different types of beds, hundreds if you count the various styles for each size.
I love desks. I always have. I had a beauty as a kid (my parents found this awesome desk in a used office furniture store).
I have several desks now and enjoy having them.
There's a wide variety of desks, with respect to layout, size, style and material.
Back in the day you didn't have much mattress choice.
Now, forget about it. There are so many mattress options that it can be mind-boggling. While they all sound great, you really do need to research the issue to ensure you get the right mattress for your needs.
We explain your mattress options in depth with some great illustrations.
Furniture Buying Considerations
In addition to knowing what type of furniture item you need (which is usually pretty obvious), once you've got that pinned down, you have several choices to make for most furniture options. The following sets out buying considerations:
Every piece of furniture has cheap, mid-price, upscale and ridiculously luxurious options. Usually, you're best off going for mid-price or upscale. Cheap doesn't last long (I know because I've bought plenty of cheap furniture in my day). Luxurious is usually ridiculously priced based on brand name or some other frivolous aspect that doesn't enhance quality at least relative to the increased price. That leaves mid-price and upscale furniture as often being the best investment when balancing quality and cost.
Wood and metal are your usual options. Some furniture also comes in glass and plastic. However, the biggest material consideration boils down to type of wood - whether it's solid wood, engineered wood or particle board.
For some furniture pieces, the shape is integral to the design. Tables are a good example - you can opt for square. rectangle, round or oval.
Style is a serious consideration and often dictates much of the aesthetic. Styles vary tremendously. Common styles include modern, contemporary. mid-century, rustic, farmhouse, shabby-chic, antique, asian, cottage and Mediterranean.
Always check unique features available. Frankly, many furniture pieces offer some ingenious design features. The options vary according to the type of furniture. A common furniture feature is storage. such as shelves or drawers.
Size is hugely important. If you have a large room or home, you want larger pieces to fill it up. If a smaller home, you have no choice but to buy plenty of small furniture. Fortunately most online furniture stores include dimensions for each item so you can tell quickly whether it will fit.