Also keep in mind Minecraft is more survival-oriented. Not saying I don't like it for that reason, but you have to factor in how if you're trying to survive you probably wouldn't make a table out of your firewood.
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If you'd like to talk with me about other games, here are a few I play.
Left 4 Dead series
Elder Scrolls series
Team Fortress 2
Dead Rising series
7 Days to Die
Come to think of it, I mainly play fighting-based games.
There's a reason that furniture exists in real life. Coordinators and interior designers make an effort to make tables and chairs look nice, but that's not why we have furniture. If the furniture does nothing except look pretty, there's no point. Just as a bathroom in Minecraft has no point.
Different people play MC with different ideas in mind; there clearly exists a group for whom 'interior decorating' constitutes a significant amount of the fun they derive from the game.
My impression [I would be unlikely to be counted among their number] is that the creation of the furniture is often a major part of the attraction (eg. making a chair from stairs and two trapdoors is more interesting than putting X planks & Y sticks on a crafting table in configuration Z then placing the resulting 'same-as-everyone's' chair).
I would think these players would be better served by continuing to introduce new blocks with new appearances (the various new wooden pressure plates are likely to be more appreciated by this community than the purely technical players). Beyond this, the introduction of new blocks with new functions and — incidently — new appearances (eg. a recent suggestion for prismarine based pressure plates that function in water) would continue to benefit both the technical and 'interior decoration' focused players.
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WARNING: I have an extemely "grindy" playstyle; YMMV — if this doesn't seem fun to you, mine what you can from it & bin the rest.
I notice that villages try to have some furniture made out of other objects like carpet on a fence post for a table. As the game already attempts to create furniture in buildings, it might not be so bad to have some real tables and chairs for example. Stick a flowerpot on a table. There are things like pictures available, and carpet. I tend to put things like crafting tables and chests besides beds to have a bit of a bed side table feel.
Nice necropost. This topic is almost a year old.
There are a few different furniture items already in Minecraft, so why not tables and chairs? Well... As it turns out, there's a good reason.
Let's take the first four "furniture" items in Minecraft that I can think of: The Bookshelf, the Plant Pot, the Item Frame and the Painting. None of these items have to be exactly what they are. Paintings can be used for monitors and screens, or even tapestries. Item Frames can be used for any situation where putting an item in a chest wouldn't fit. (A tool hung on a wall, etc.) OR it can be used to display items that you are proud to have found, like your first Clownfish or your first-ever Diamond Pickaxe.
The Plant Pot is another use for the slightly useless clay. (It's hard for me to get enough to build a house with, but easy enough that I can get a few stacks to sit in my chest forever.) It's also a nice way to display saplings without them growing into trees, or putting plants in places they otherwise wouldn't grow. (Caves, Mushroom Islands, etc.)
If you got rid of the bookshelf, there aren't a lot of other blocks that look like "a shelf full of books", much less a shelf full of anything. Heck, there's not a single alternative to the bookshelf I can think of that would be more practical. Plus books have been around since forever, so it almost goes hand-in-hand with the last 500 to 1500 years of civilization that Minecraft portrays. Bookshelves can also look like shelves of cereal or other food boxes, which are also bright and colorful because of the designs that marketing teams print on them.
Meanwhile, chairs and tables are hard to morph into anything but chairs and tables. They also wouldn't have much of a practical purpose unlike the bookshelf. Plus, if you add chairs and tables, where do you stop with furniture? What about armchairs or couches? There are many designs for chairs and tables, like different numbers of legs, different color designs, etc. Should you include chairs with one basic design, or with many different designs?
(Not to mention a nicely detailed chair isn't going to fit in the same house with a lawn chair made of slabs and stairs. So do you include every piece of furniture conceived from the beginning of time? Obviously not.)
The stairs, fences and pressure plates we have can work in their practical situations and in their own decorative situations, as well as for furniture. That's good enough for me.
I get offtopic a lot, be warned. I also often mention a Minecraft clone called Minetest. The clone is nowhere near playable with it's default game in my opinion, but it's at least the start of a good open-source voxel rendering engine, and maybe one day it might be decently playable.