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The types of furniture usually on display in Egyptology museums are largely from tombs of the elite. Some pieces may therefore be funerary items (such as the lion bed legs) rather than everyday objects. Although there are several pieces which are parts of furniture Egyptians had very little furniture in their homes. Chairs and beds would have only been used by the elite. Most people would have slept on a mat on the floor. Headrests would have been used by most people.

Bed legs

W2059a stool leg

W2060 Duck-legged stool

Pottery stool

EC8 Lion-headed furniture terminal

W345 A pottery stool from Amarna



Further Reading 

Geoffrey Killen, ‘Wood’, in Paul T. Nicholson and Ian Shaw eds., Technology, in Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology Cambridge, 353-371.