What is the meaning of the furniture term Cassapanca?

Cassapanca is an Italian term that refers to a type of traditional storage chest or bench. It is typically made of wood and features a hinged or lift-top lid for accessing the storage compartment. Historically, cassapanca was often used for storing clothing, blankets, or other household items. Nowadays, it can serve as a functional piece of furniture in various settings, such as entryways, bedrooms, or living rooms, providing both storage space and seating. Italian settee formed by adding arms and back to a chest. The name derives from cassone and banca.
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