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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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