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Fluted furniture, why do we all love you?


fluted console table

If you are interested in interior design or furniture, it is 100% that you have already seen fluted furniture, and there is a pretty high chance that you even have some kind of fluted surfaces in your own home, too. It seems we all love fluted furniture, but how has it got its viral popularity?


The answer lies in several reasons.


The two most important reasons are possibly the followings:

  • Fluted design has a calming aesthetic. The vertical patterns create an elegant and sophisticated look. This classic style of ornament has a psychological effect producing a feel that the given piece of object or art represents a higher value.

  • Fluted furniture is living its heyday again - and possibly it will always remain with us. Why? Because it has been with us for so long, as it originates from the Greek and Roman, and also ancient far east civilizations. It is already “coded” in us, almost like symbols - so we are familiar with the look.



It is also possible that the popularity of japandi style took effect on fluted designs, as it often includes fluted elements. Fluted nightstands, fluted tables, and fluted wall panels are typical in japandi interiors.


Fluted furniture: the origin


Fluted furniture, characterized by its distinctive vertical grooves or channels carved into wood surfaces, has a rich history dating back to ancient times. The use of fluted designs on furniture can be traced back to both Greek and Roman civilizations.



  • Greek influence: Fluted columns and furniture were prevalent in ancient Greek architecture and design. Greeks used fluting as an architectural element to add decorative detailing and a sense of order. The fluted style became especially popular during the Classical period (5th and 4th centuries BC), where it adorned columns and furniture like chairs and tables.

  • Roman adoption: The Romans were heavily influenced by Greek culture and adapted many Greek design elements. They continued to use fluted designs, especially in the construction of columns, which were incorporated into various pieces of furniture, such as thrones and seating.

  • Asian usage: vertical patterns, typical in Asian and Japanese design, also go back to centuries. Fluted texture resembles various natural sights, such as the waves in the water, the straws of bamboo, and more. Vertical orientation has multiple occurrence in Asian culture and design, just to mention a well-known example: traditionally, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese languages are written vertically in columns going from top to bottom.


fluted walls

How fluted design takes effect on furniture


Undoubtedly, fluted features put the given furniture to another level. But why is that? It also has multiple reasons - like these below:


  • Aesthetics: Fluting adds a sense of elegance and refinement to furniture. The vertical channels create visual interest, breaking up plain surfaces and adding texture. It can be micro or macro fluting, creating a sophisticated ornamentation, enhancing the overall aesthetics of the piece.

  • Craftsmanship: Creating fluted surfaces requires skilled craftsmanship or high-precision machinery. Knowing that, we instantly feel that the making of the given piece of furniture was more complex and took more time, therefore it represents a higher value and aesthetic.

  • Historical significance: Fluted furniture often carries a sense of historical and classical appeal - as we wrote about it earlier. It connects modern pieces to their ancient origins, making them reminiscent of the art and design of the past.

  • Light and shadow play: Fluting plays with light and shadow, casting interesting patterns and highlights, further contributing to the visual appeal.



Fluted furniture by mybettershelf


We at mybettershelf have recently introduced our fluted designs. Currently we have fluted nightstands and fluted dressing tables in our offerings, but take custom orders as well if you wish to have other pieces with fluted features (for example a fluted bathroom vanity).




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