Furniture Glossary: Case Goods
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Rather self-explanatory, a bookshelf is a wooden piece of furniture with horizontal shelves to house books and other decorative items such as pictures or vases. The term is used interchangeably with bookcase though many in the latter term have glass cases to shield books from dust. The shelves can be fixed or movable depending on the style.
Chest of Drawers
Also called a night table or bedside table, this piece is almost always found next to a bed. Its purpose is to store items that may be needed by a person before, during or after the night is over. Before modern plumbing, the nightstand was the normal place to find a chamber pot. Because of its original purpose, the design was originally small cabinets (sometimes outfitted with a drawer) to hold the pot. Today they are used to hold books, an alarm clock or a glass of water. Image courtesy of Erinn Valencich
Sometimes called a buffet, a sideboard is a piece that is used in the dining room for serving food, displaying dishes or silver, and storing other items such as napkins, tablecloths and candles. Made of wood, it consists of a level surface, a set of cabinets or cupboards and one or multiple drawers. The height is waist-high to accommodate a guest serving him or herself at a buffet dinner. This type of furniture piece is also referred to as a server. Image courtesy of Erinn Valencich