Occasional furniture in the modern home comprises items of furniture, usually relatively small in comparison with the other pieces furnishing a room, which can be used on occasion when required. Such items need not be placed in a permanent position, but can be moved around according to its needs. It is not optional, but usually comprises useful items such as coffee tables and side tables.
In fact, occasional furniture can be essential components of a properly furnished home – if there is such a thing. The wrong choice of such furniture can look out of place and ruin the decorative and functional effects you are trying to attain, while the correct choice can convert an ordinary room into a magnificent one.
Examples of Occasional Furniture
So what type of furniture are we discussing here? Examples are coffee tables and end tables, traditional hickory rocking chairs, chests, ottomans and commodes. Items of home furniture that are not classed as occasional furniture include small round display tables, free-standing globes, such as globe wine racks, and curio cabinets which are generally classed as accent pieces.
Occasional furniture is functional rather than decorative, and can be used when needed rather than being essential items such as sofas and chairs. Yes, many believe a coffee table to be essential, but only on the occasions when you need it to rest a drink or a plate. You can spend an evening comfortably watching TV from your sofa without having to use an occasional piece of furniture.