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The chair is a “staple” so to say, in our household furnishing collection. I dare to say that I could not walk into a house today and not find at least one chair of one type or another. The chair in its basic form is a raised platform, usually supported by four legs and is about 18 to 20 inches off the ground. Most chairs have a back rest or a platform that is vertical, which one would place their back against. This is a description of the basic, no frills, no bells, no whistles chair. There are so many forms of this piece of furniture available today that it could take pages and pages to mention them all. Be sure not confuse the chair with your basic stool, which in essence, is a chair with no backrest.
The rocking chair, which is an offshoot of the regular chair, has curved railings on the bottom of the legs and has the ability to move back and fourth on the up curved rails. This particular type of chair has a rich history in the world. In America these were commonly seen on the front porch of houses. People would sit on the front porch in the evening and socialize while rocking back and forth in one of these. The backs of these chairs are commonly much higher than on a standard chair, and also much sturdier.
Today the types of chairs available can suit many needs. There is the office chair which is designed for sitting at a desk for long periods of time. It is usually fully adjustable, so as to fit the person perfectly and give the user long periods of comfortable sitting. It is not very decorative for the home.
In the home, you may find the reclining chair. This chair is usually overstuffed and plush, with a feature that allows the user to sit back into a reclining or partial laying down position. This chair is also commonly fitted with a footrest. The footrest can be brought forward to raise ones feet while either in the reclining or sitting position. This is a great chair for the living room or T. V. room. The bulkiness of this chair does not lend its use in small rooms or for sitting at a table.
When a person needs a chair, it is good to know exactly what the chair is going to be used for before going out to buy one.