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Furniture Terms
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Accent Furniture

Furniture chosen for its aesthetic appeal, such as to compliment another piece of furniture as part of a set. Can be functional or sometimes purely decorative.

Antique

Any piece of furniture that is over a century old.

Acrylic

A type of upholstery that is less soft, but more durable and which holds its shape well over time.

Arrow Back

A chair back made from wide wooden slats that narrow to tapered tips.

Arrow Foot

A tapered, cylindrical foot topped by a small ring.

Accent Chair

Any type of chair chosen to match or complement the furniture in a living room or other seating area.

Adjustable Bed

A bed with an adjustable surface, allowing the feet to be raised or the back to be lifted into a sitting position.

Armoire

A tall, narrow piece of furniture with drawers for storing clothing.

Armchair

A dining room chair with arms, which is usually placed at the head or foot of the table.

Antique Finish

Finish designed to mimic the appearance of the natural process of aging, giving wood furniture the look of being antique.

Area Rug

A rug that only covers a certain section of the floor

Abattant

Also known as Secr?taire ? Abattant, a drop-front desk with drawers or cabinets underneath.

Acanthus

Decorative carving in the shape of a leaf; specifically, the leaves of the Acanthus Spinosus plant.

Alder

A type of wood from the Alder tree of the Birch family. A light brown hardwood used in making cabinets and other types of furniture.

Acetate

A type of man-made cellulose fiber, used in some upholstery weaves.

Applique

A decorative ornamental piece made by sewing one piece of material over another, such as decoration sewn onto upholstery.

Apron

Also known as a skirt, a piece of wood beneath the seat rail of a chair or under a tabletop for support.

Art Deco

A style from the 1920s and 1930s, consisting of geometric shapes in various bold and colorful patterns.

Ash

A type of light colored hardwood, usually used in cabinets and wooden furniture.

Astragal

A wooden strip or molding overlapping the seal between two doors, such as in a cabinet or armoire.

Arm Caps

Fabric covers that fit over the arms of a chair or sofa to protect the upholstery.

Anthemion

A carving in the shape of a stylized flower and leaves, resembling a honeysuckle.

Arabesque

A carving designed with floral patterns with geometric scrolls, spirals, and zigzags.

Acroterion

A classical or gothic type of carving which is mounted on the apex of a pediment, such as atop an armoire or dresser.

Alabaster

A translucent white stone, often used in decorative carving, lamps, and candlesticks.

Andiron

A metal support leg that holds wood in a fireplace.

Almond

A reddish wood commonly used in high-grade cabinetwork.

Apple Wood

A wood ranging from yellow to pink to orange, with interesting grain patterns that are useful for furniture and inlays.

Aniline Dyed

Leather upholstery which has been dyed in a dye bath, rather than a coated finish, so that the dye fully penetrates the leather.

Amboyna

A reddish-brown wood with a mottled grain, often used in veneers.

Angel Bed

A type of bed that has a canopy supported by posts on the headboard, but not by the footboard.

A/V Cabinet

A cabinet designed to store audio/video devices such as DVD players, video game consoles, etc.

Apothecary Chest

A chest with small drawers, originally used to store herbs.

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