This was the roman version of the greek Klinai. This too would have been used to recline on for meals and conversation. It could also be used for a couch or even a bed. The mattresses would have been made from feathers or other materials, and they were soft and quite high off the ground compared to the greek triclinium. Accubita also sometimes refers to the dining room itself. This interchangeable word was certainly used a lot in roman times.
I think a sofa is the thing in the world that has the most names for it… we have the settee, couch, sofa, suite, and more. But what about this one… Davenport. You Might have heard some people referring to the thing you sit on in your living room as the davenport. Well this is interesting. The mane actually comes from the manufacturer A H Davenport, who used to make sofas in Massachusetts.
An original davenport could often be made into a bed and slept on like a futon. It is hard to tell them apart though. Apparently some people testify the difference is that sofas are more formal, and go in a front room or a meeting room of sorts, whereas a couch is more informal and used by the family on a daily basis.
In some places where there can be adverse weather conditions and harsh winters there is a cosy pierce of furniture. Here we have the Korsi – this version is found in Iran.
It is a low lying table that has a heater underneath it. Sometimes this would be open and a brasier of cinders and coal would be the heat source. Then there is a blanket over it to keep the heat in and the food warm. You then sit at the table on cushions on the ground . with the tablecloth over your legs to get the full benefit of the warmth.
It would mostly be used on special occasions when the family is all together such as Nowruz or yalda celebrations.I think it sounds very cosy! There is also a similar thing in other cultures, see the kotatsu.
This is a japanese iteration of the same thing. The kotatsu is again a wooden table covered by a heavy blanket. Underneath is an electric heater which again was probably formerly a heated brasier. It is thought to date back to the 14th century. Today it is more likely to be made from plastic rather than wood, and using an electric heater.
A lot of japanese homes still do not have central heating, they use electric heaters and radiators, so this kind of explains why there was a need for a cosy space to sit and eat your food!/ it is also sometimes used to sleep under a kotatsu but because it is not really big enough it is mostly just suitable for children and smaller people.
Many cats love to sleep under this table as it’s cosy, protected and warm. Cool huh?
Find out more furniture types here such as the Stipo a bambocci