Furniture

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Ideas for furniture for Old House interior design, including antique and historic reproduction furniture, couches, chairs, beds and dining room sets. 

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Tappan Chairs

Handcrafted in Sandwich, New Hampshire since 1819, Tappan Chairs are not reproductions--they are the real thing.

J., Stephens Interiors

J. Stephens Interiors specializes in creating high-end residential interiors with an emphasis on a custom design that reflects the lifestyles and individual preferences of our clients.

Bertoia

Counter & Bar Stools

Interpretative & modern designs for counter or bar seating.

Rubylane

Ruby Lane, an e-commerce web site, has been designed to bring buyers and sellers of antiques, art, vintage collectibles and jewelry together online.

A piecrust tea table made in 1769 is surrounded by other period furnishings at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee. (Photo credit: Paul Rocheleau)

Tables for any Occasion

Side tables and small occasional tables in early America were portable, versatile, and delightfully varied in style.

A cabinet for a corner; its warm wood patina suggested the peachy wall color, then plates in complementary blue. Photo: Duncan McNeill

How To Create Furniture Vignettes

Furnishing a whole room, let alone a whole house, can be daunting. Here’s how to ease in.

Thos. Moser's Hancock Table

Dining Room Furniture

A curated collection of dining room furniture favorites.

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Corner Cupboards & Spoon Shelves

Ingenious ways and means for storing items in early homes teach us about beauty with utility.

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Furniture Classics

Period-appropriate furniture for every style.

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Furniture History: Desks

Desks of any sort were uncommon before public education created greater literacy at the start of the 19th century. Here's a look at common early desks.

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Seating Style

See our latest furniture favorites.

‘Marcellus’ bench from Stickley’s Finger Lakes Collection

Sitting Pretty: Bench, Settle, Sofa

Seating for more than one? Here we have ideas out of history—practical and sometimes ingenious.

Students hand shave wood stock in the Windsor chair class.

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, invites skilled amateurs.

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The Shaker Chair

The low-back Shaker chair.

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Spool-turned Furniture

Although it has come to be associated with 19th-century opera singer Jenny Lind, the history of this furniture predates the Pilgrims.

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The Love of Americana

The definition of “Americana” has shifted since a first wave of interest ca. 1820, but nostalgic collecting has always been diverse and tied to our enjoyment of artifact.

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Sit At Your Desk and Write

Remember the days when you had just a desk, a paper tablet with a pencil—or a pen and some stationery—and a stationary phone, and the only electronic device was your typewriter? I certainly do. And I’ve come to realize that true friendship must be cultivated in real time, not on the Internet or Facebook, but with letters, cards, phone calls, and actual visits. Social media is merely a support system.

A slant-top variant of a desk-on-frame, this early example is precursor of the familiar schoolhouse desk.

History of the Desk

Desks of any sort were uncommon before public education created greater literacy at the start of the 19th century. Here's a look at common early desks.

The first-floor office features a built-in, drop-front writing desk, below which is a twin hideaway bed.

A Guide to Built-In Furniture

The array of built-in furniture that graced early 20th-century homes makes them eminently more livable—and charming.

Scenic painting embellishes the top rail of a ca. 1820 armchair. Photo: David Bohl/Historic New England

Fancy Painted & Cottage Furniture

Paint-decorated furniture brought colorful fancy to rooms, and is still made today.

Oak Dresser Arts and Crafts furniture

How To Buy Arts and Crafts Furniture

Well-constructed Arts and Crafts furniture is made using mortise-and-tenon joinery techniques and naturally strong woods. Here's how to determine which pieces are appropriate for your old house.

Organized by color and in perfect context, primitive boxes and containers in varying shades of blue turn a cornflower-blue hutch into a breathtaking showpiece.  (Photo: Jessie Walker)

6 Rules for Displaying Collectibles

A common sense guide to displaying your collectibles.

The cannonball bed, with distinctive turnings for both head- and footboards, dates to the 1820–1850 period. This reproduction is from Circa Home Living, as are the coverlet, blanket, pillows, and hand-painted plantation box.

Furnishing a Bedroom in a Colonial House

Unlike the kitchen, the bedroom is an easy place to indulge in historical decorating and furniture.

A restored bungalow in Portland, Oregon (embellished with friezes by artist C.J. Hurley), boasts classic A&C seating: a Morris chair and matching ottoman, and an even-arm settle.

6 Arts & Crafts Furniture Essentials

Furnishing a Craftsman-style home? These iconic furniture pieces are at the top of every collector’s list.

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