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70s Furniture

It’s difficult to find just a word or two to describe the 70s furniture trends.

As a matter of fact, there wasn’t one particular furniture fad that took the decade by storm but several interesting new fads that would find their way into the homes and offices throughout America.

One thing for certain was that these 70s furniture trends were much different than anything that had come before.

Some would disappear by the end of the decade and others would be around for a long time afterward.


An Italian company named Kartell started manufacturing plastic furniture in the early 70s and the trend caught on not only in Europe but also in America.

Chairs, tables, and all kinds of other plastic furnishings were manufactured by Kartell and later by others who imitated this innovation. Kartell is still in business but the plastic furniture trend is certainly not as popular as it was in the 70s.


Chrome played a huge role in the design elements of 70s furniture. Tubular frames for chairs, sofas, and tables were often fashioned from chrome and the material could be found in just about any room in the house.

It was especially prominent in the kitchen but was also used to make bar stools and other such items. The look was ultra modern and indicative of the Space Age.


In the 70s, upholstered couches and chairs tended to be more comfortable than similar items from the previous decade.

These pieces of furniture were generally overstuffed and more free-form than the trim, shaped pieces of the 60s.

In addition, earth tones seemed to be the favorite color choices of the 70s including brown, rust, gold, and tan.


For those who shunned the more contemporary chrome furnishings, there was still plenty of the wood stuff around.

The chosen wood of the decade seemed to be pine and there were a number of stores across the country that specialized in pine furniture.

Historians agree that this was mostly a middle-class trend but, nonetheless, a prominent design fad of the 70s.

Others chose teak, which began to rise in popularity at the end of the 60s and remained so through the middle of the decade. Cane and rattan started to catch on at the end of the 70s.

Bean Bag Chairs

First appearing at the end of the 1960s, bean bag chairs were popular in the 70s as well. A lot of people in the 70s had their own bean bag chair, usually made of a shiny vinyl fabric in a favorite color.

They were light and could easily be dragged anywhere around the house for an instant seat wherever one was needed.