Canterbury Furniture

Many people are searching for antique Canterbury furniture because they find it to be both useful and attractive to your interior design. They also love the history behind it. A Canterbury is a piece of occasional furniture that is a low stand or rack, created for storing media including magazines, books, newspapers or sheet music. Canterbury magazine racks typically have slatted storage partitions and they usually have an open top so you can easily reach in and access the items stored inside. However, sometimes there is a shelf on top and you reach in through the front. Other types are in an open U shape. It is generally quite portable due to its compact size, and sometimes has casters to make it easy to roll around. 

Canterbury Luxury

Whether you're looking for a bookcase with fretwork for your living room, or a dining table with an inlay for your dining room, we've got what you need. From side tables with turned legs to dining chairs and antique stands, we're sure that this selection will impress. With good quality and good condition, each table top has withstood the test of time. Many of these pieces date to the late 19th century, meaning they're collectible and built to last. 

A Canterbury History

The history behind versatile Canterbury furniture is very interesting. They were originally crafted by furniture makers in England at the end of the 1700s. It is said that the name comes from the fact that the Archbishop of Canterbury, the most important English bishop and leader of the Church of England, commissioned one to be built for him. The name stuck! Throughout the 1800s the designs became more and more ornate, and by the 1860s the furniture style had traveled to America, where it was considered a status symbol. Every wealthy home had to have one! 

Armoires and More!

Other pieces in our canterbury collection include armoires, a great fit in any home office. Perhaps an end table in this style could be the perfect spot for a table lamp. For your bedroom furniture needs, perhaps a canterbury dresser can help. Maybe a headboard, or sideboard with a hutch could fill this need. 

From sideboards to magazine stands, etageres to Victorian canterbury coffee tables, Mid Victorian finials and more, this style is enticing. 

Quality Furniture Here

Originally, the carpenters and craftsmen used materials included mahogany, rosewood and walnut. Today, our online furniture store sells designs in all kinds of materials including those traditional woods, but also including more unusual materials. Perhaps a bamboo piece with a gorgeous painted floral Chinoiserie design on a black lacquer ground. Or a sleek stainless steel and brass piece based on chic 20th century European designs.

Some pieces have a drawer beneath for extra storage. They are very convenient and flexible to use, as they can be used as a magazine rack or holder for sheet music, or for easy storage for other similar items. The styles with a closed top can double as an occasional table.  However you choose to use your Canterbury, it will be useful in every room in your house.

Other Styles at

If Canterbury style isn't your forte, we've got plenty of other options. From Georgian to Chippendale to a Victorian mahogany piece, we can set you up with a quality piece of furniture sure to enhance your home decor.