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Poor Romans would have had no furniture and would have slept on bug-ridden mats in their crowded insulae, apartments.

Even the well-off Romans did not have much furniture.

The main item of Roman Furniture would be a bed on which the Roman slept, rested and even received visitors.

Ancient Roman beds were made out of wood, and expensive beds were decorated with shell, ivory and gold and covered with colourful and rich damask cloths.

Couches were used that were similar to the beds for sitting on during the day and eating meals.

Tables were used but were lightweight items, often with folding legs.

Chairs were not often found though a wealthy Roman Woman might have a cathedra, which was a chair with a sloping back. She would have used this when putting on her makeup, receiving visitors, and resting.

The only other significant item of furniture found in wealthy Roman homes was the strongbox. The strongbox would have been fitted with an iron lock and key and would have been used to store the families valuables.

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An Ancient Roman reconstructed wooden couch (lectus) with ancient bronze fittings modern.
Tunis, Bardo Museum. Credits: Barbara McManus, 1982.
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