There are certain essential items of furniture that you cannot do without if you are going to have a fairly comfortable home. The things that come to mind are tables and chairs. There are some cultures that are able to do without these items because of the way that they use the living spaces available to them. However the Western culture generally tends to use these items as part of the home furnishings. Unless there are specific lifestyle choices that prevent this generality, most people will have a set of tables and chairs. The market has had to respond by creating products that appeal to a diverse market in terms of demographics and income groups.