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Fun & Fascinating Furniture Facts

9 Oct 2015, 3:29 PM

Fun and Fascinating Furniture Facts

10 Fun & Fascinating Furniture Facts

Everyone has furniture. Furniture is great – it provides us with a comfy place to sit in front of the TV, a great night's sleep, a place to eat dinner & something to relax on. While we love our furniture, sometimes we do consider it to be boring.

Well things are about to change, as we've pulled together 10 fun and fascinating furniture facts, to impress you.

  1. The average life-span of a sofa is 2,958 days (that's roughly 8 years).

  1. The oldest bookcase in the world is located in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University – which is also one of the oldest libraries in Europe.

  1. After a house and a car, furniture is usually the third most expensive item a person will buy during their lifetime.

  1. Have you ever wondered who invented the office chair? It was none-other than Charles Darwin in the 1800s, who added wheels to his chair to get around his study quicker.

  1. Throughout a sofa's life, it will host roughly 782 visitors.

  1. An average sofa is used as a place to sit while eating a meal 13 times a month. That translates into 1,261 meals over the sofa's lifetime.

  1. The oldest known chairs were ceremonial furniture from Ancient Egypt 5,000 years ago.

  1. Chairs didn't come into common use until the 16th century. Before then people sat on stones or wooden benches.

  1. Why do kings sit on thrones? In early history, chairs or thrones were generally used by people of higher society. People with less calibre sat on stools.

  1. There are more than 147 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves, at the Library of Congress.

So next time you are in a shop buying a new piece of rustic furniture or handmade furniture or perhaps you're sitting down for a meal at your rustic dining table or even ordering some bespoke furniture pieces, remember there is a lot of fascinating facts and history about that piece of furniture.




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