Do You Know the Correct Names for These Pieces of Furniture?

Kennita Leon

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About This Quiz

Furniture has been used for a lot longer than you think. Prehistoric man used natural objects such as rocks, tree stumps and mossy patches as tables, seating and beds, respectively. Since then, we've evolved from living in caves to tiny stick shacks to wooden houses, and now to the condos and mansions we live in today - filled with the best and fanciest of furniture, of course. 

But do you know the names of some of the things you use every day? Sure, you know what they feel like and what their functions are supposed to be, but do you actually know their names? Could you identify a  fainting couch, divan, lowboy, credenza and hutch if we showed you pictures of them? 

We're going to test exactly that today by showing you a series of pictures. Your job is to tell us what they are. Simple enough, right? Well, we're even going to give you hints as to what they are, in case you happen to get stuck. 

So, if you want to prove your furniture prowess, this is the quiz for you. By the end, we'll know if you've got what it takes to be an interior designer, or if you're not even fit to help someone pick out a table at Bed Bath & Beyond. 

What piece of furniture is this?

A chair is a seat with a raised surface supported by legs, that has a back and often armrests, and is designed for one person. A chair typically has four legs, but some have three.

Can you tell us what this is called?

A bean bag chair is a large fabric bag, filled with dried beans or polystyrene beads. The first bean bag chair was created in 1968 by three Italian designers.

What is this item called?

A recliner is a type of armchair or sofa with a backrest that tilts back and a footrest that extends forward. A lever, usually located at the side of the chair, is used to recline.

What is this particular piece of furniture named?

A step stool is a portable set of steps, used to help people reach high shelves and such. Some models can be used as an extra seat as well.

Which option best fits this picture?

A couch, divan or chesterfield is a piece of furniture designed for two or more people. It consists of a bench, armrests, partial or complete upholstery, springs and tailored cushions.

What name does this piece go by?

A rocking chair is a type of chair with two curved bands attached to the bottom of the legs which allow the occupant to rock back and forth by shifting their weight. So relaxing.

Give us the name of this object?

A bed is a type of furniture primarily used for sleeping or relaxation. It is typically composed of a mattress, pillows, bed frame and a solid base.

Can you match this item's name to its picture?

A hammock is a sling made of rope, netting or fabric, suspended between two or more firm anchor points. It is used for sleeping, relaxing or swinging.

Which option best matches the picture shown?

A crib is a small bed for infants which has high sides with slats, narrowly spaced for the baby's safety. To reduce the risk of SIDS, resist the urge to make the baby "cozy" - do not add loose pillows, blankets or quilts.

Tell us what this is supposed to be?

A billiard table is a bounded table which is specifically designed for cue sports, such as pool, carom billiards, snooker or English billiards. Rack 'em up!

Just what is this piece of furniture?

A jukebox is a music-playing device, usually coin-operated, which will automatically play the selected musical recording. Traditional jukeboxes play vinyl 45-rpm records, but modern ones may play digital media.

What was this piece christened?

A changing table is a small raised platform which is used to change an infant's diapers. It consists of a flat surface for changing and shelves or drawers to store necessary supplies.

Please identify this piece of furniture?

A desk is a piece of furniture with a flat table-style work surface. It may have compartments, drawers or pigeonholes for storing supplies.

Can you correctly guess the name of this piece of furniture?

A console table is an ornamental piece, usually positioned against a wall. Used in an entryway, it's a convenient place to keep keys - in a decorative container, of course.

Can you do us a favor and tell us what this is supposed to be?

A coffee table is a low table which is placed in front of or next to a couch or upholstered chair to support beverages, books, magazines or decorative objects. The beverages don't have to be coffee.

What piece of furniture is this?

A dining table is a table found in the dining room, where formal meals are served and eaten. It may be large or small, rectangular or round. Some are adjustable, to accommodate small or large groups.

Can you tell us what this is called?

A workbench is a sturdy rectangular table where manual work such as woodworking, metalworking, electronics or gardening is done. It's usually not glamorous.

What is this item called?

A wash stand, also called a basin stand, is a piece of furniture specifically made to hold a jug, basin or bowl to wash one's hands and face. Antique ones are charming.

What is this particular piece of furniture named?

A bookcase or bookshelf is a piece of furniture with horizontal shelves on which books or other printed materials are stored.

Which option best fits this picture?

A bathroom vanity contains the sink. It often has doors or drawers for storage.

What name does this piece go by?

A closet is an enclosed space which is used to store things. Types of closets include broom closet, coat closet, linen closet, walk-in closet and pantry.

Give us the name of this object?

A cupboard is a cabinet or closet with shelves, a door and/or drawers in which dishware such as cups, plates and saucers are stored. It can also be called a china cabinet.

Can you match this item's name to its picture?

A pantry is a small room or closet where food, beverages, and sometimes dishes, utensils, household cleaning chemicals, provisions or linens are stored. A pantry can also be freestanding.

Which option best matches the picture shown?

A chest of drawers, also called a bureau, is a piece of furniture that contains several drawers, in which clothing such as underwear and socks may be stored. It's typically found in a bedroom.

Tell us what this is supposed to be?

A coat rack, also called a coat stand or hat stand, is an item of furniture on which clothes may be hung. Keep it in your foyer, entryway or mudroom.

Just what is this piece of furniture?

A hat stand, hat rack or coat rack is a type of furnishing which is used to store hats, coats or umbrellas.

What was this piece christened?

A filing cabinet, also called a file cabinet, is a type of office furniture in which paper documents are stored in file folders. It is usually made of metal, but sometimes wood or plastic.

Please identify this piece of furniture?

A wardrobe or armoire is a large, tall standing cabinet in which clothing may be hung or stored. It's useful in a room without a built-in closet.

Can you correctly guess the name of this piece of furniture?

A wine rack, which can be built out of a variety of materials, is a set of shelves specifically designed for the organized storage of wine. Bottles should be stored horizontally.

Can you do us a favor and tell us what this is supposed to be?

A safe, strongbox or coffer is a lockable box which is designed to protect objects from theft and or damage (such as fire). Use a key or secret combination to open the safe.

What piece of furniture is this?

An umbrella stand is a storage item, used to hold umbrellas or walking sticks when they are not being used. Keep it in your entryway or mud room.

Can you tell us what this is called?

A TV stand is a cabinet on which a television is placed. It is also used to store electronics and accessories, such as video games or DVD players.

What is this item called?

A shoe rack, which may be small or large, is a type of furniture with shelves or brackets, primarily used to store shoes. Sort shoes by color for extra style points.

What is this particular piece of furniture named?

A nightstand, night table, bedside table, bedside cabinet or day stand is a small table or cabinet with drawers and/or shelves, typically placed at the side of the bed. It often holds a lamp, and it's a fine place to keep your phone.

Which option best fits this picture?

A chifforobe is a piece of furniture which combines the long hanging space of a wardrobe with a chest of drawers for storing folded clothes. It can also be called a bureau.

What name does this piece go by?

A storage chest, also called a coffer or kist, is a rectangular-shaped box with four sides and a removable lid, in which various items are stored. Some chests are quite ornate and expensive.

Give us the name of this object?

A cellarette is a small furniture cabinet, available in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs. It is used to hold bottles of alcoholic drinks, such as whiskey and wine.

Can you match this furniture's name to its picture?

A chaise lounge is an upholstered sofa which is long enough to support the legs. A chaise lounge usually has a back and arm support only one one side. It also refers to any long, reclining chair, such as a deck chair.

Which option best matches the picture shown?

An ottoman is a low, upholstered seat or footstool, which has no back or arms. It is sometimes used as storage, with the seat hinged to form a lid.

Tell us what this is supposed to be?

A grandfather clock is a tall (6-8 feet), weight-driven pendulum clock, which usually has a decorative wooden case. This sort of clock is often destined to become a family heirloom.

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