No one truly knows the origin of furniture. However, stone furniture was found in an excavation of Skara Brae, a Neolithic village located in Orkney. The site in the United Kingdom dates from 3100 to 2500 B.C., and experts believe that the stone furniture was built because of a shortage of wood in the area.
In 2013, the typical living room furniture in a house is not made from stone. Families often fill their homes with furniture sets, and often the living room furniture is comprised heavily from leather furniture. Leather furniture is often in high demand because it stretches and molds to the natural curves of the body while retaining its shape.
Furniture is typically the third biggest investment a person will make, just behind a house and an automobile. Sometimes bedroom furniture sets and dining room furniture sets can cost quite a bit, and as such, when furnishing a home it is important to choose furniture wisely. Experts suggest that people look for furniture that will retain its value.
The 17th century was called “the century of magnificent beds.” Elaborate beds like four chambers have been noted from the era, and the style of the time actually influenced the design of furniture in the 21st century. As such, there are bedroom furniture sets that can trace their design roots back to the 17th century. Many stores and companies even offer throwback furniture regularly.
The Egyptians actually had high bedsteads which were ascended by steps. These steps would be adorned with bolsters, pillows and curtains around them, all of which was meant to work in conjunction to show off wealth and success. The Egyptians lived comfortably, although it is safe to say that in this day and age, we live more comfortably than Ancient Egyptians.
On that note, the furniture options today are far more complex and high-end than any types of furniture in the past. In Medieval England, for example, only people of high class sat in chairs while everyone else sat in stools or on the floor. Fortunately, there is so much high quality furniture available today that furnishing a home is actually a challenge.