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Furniture Terms

Besides offering an extraordinary selection of affordable furnishings, we also want to be your go-to authority for stylish décor. This digital glossary was created to help you get better acquainted with the variety of terms used to describe our HomeStore products. The more information we can provide, the more confident you’ll feel about choosing us for your home.

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Bachelor's Chest
A small low chest of drawers which first appeared in the 18th century.
Back Splat
A section of flat, occasionally pierced wood in the center of the back of a chair
Back orders
Items on a purchase order with insufficient inventory to satisfy demand.
Balance
A state of equilibrium; can be symmetrical or asymmetrical. Arrangement of objects around an imaginary central point to achieve a pleasing result.
Ball and claw
A turned food of spherical form with a carved bird's claw clutching the ball. Inspired by ancient Chinese figures of a dragon claw holding a jewel
Balloon back
A chair with a circular back resembling a balloon; popularized in Victorian times.
Banquette
A long bench-like seat, often upholstered and generally built into or along a wall.
Bas relief
A sculpture or carving whose design projects a little from the surface.
Blanket Chest
A low storage chest with a hinged lid and often a lower drawer, serving also as a bench.
Key Town Blanket Chest
Beading
Decorative detail resembling a row of flattened beads.
Bentwood chair
A chair popularized in Paris café culture made from wood bent using a steaming process.
Bergère
An upholstered French armchair with outwardly rolling arms and sections of its wooden frame exposed.
Bleaching
The process of chemically treating wood to provide a lighter, more uniform color.
Bolster
A long, often cylindrical, cushion or pillow for a bed, sofa, etc.
Bombe
(Pronounced Bombay) A low, usually heavily decorated chest of drawers with outwardly bulging front and sides.
Bonheur Du Jour
A delicate 18th century French ladies writing desk having a small glazed cabinet on top.
Bonnet top
Also called a Hooded or Dome top. A full dome or curved, covered top section.
Bookcase Headboard
A headboard for a bed that has space to store books, radios, clocks, and other small items. Sometimes called a storage headboard.
B228 - Bookcase Headboard
Book Match
A method of veneer matching where pairs of adjacent slices of veneer, as they are cut from the log, are opened up like the pages of a book, producing a mirror image of the grain pattern.
Bow front
Outwardly bowing front of an item of wooden furniture.
Box Match
A veneering pattern similar to diamond match and angled to create a series of consecutive squares radiating out from the center.
Brace Block
A piece of wood or metal, fitted into an angle of a piece of furniture to add strength or rigidity.
Bracket foot
A foot resembling an “L” on its side placed at the corners of cabinet furniture.
Breakfront
An item of furniture divided vertically into three sections, with the center section projecting forward.
Broadloom
Carpet woven on a wide loom.
Brocade
Used in fine, formal upholstery, it has raised surface patterns resembling embroidery.
Broken pediment
A decorative feature placed at the top of an item of furniture, which resembles a camel's hump. The center section of the hump is removed (hence the term “broken”) to make room for additional ornamental features.
Buffet
A buffet/sideboard without a hutch or storage cabinet on top. The French definition of the word is "a small sideboard; a place to keep dishes.”
Bun Foot
A foot shaped as a slightly flattened round ball typically used on chests of drawers or upholstered chairs.
Brennville Chest - Bun Foot
Bureau
A desk built on top of a chest of drawers. The desk is revealed when a flap or “fall” is lowered. Occasionally a bookcase sits on top of it.
Burr veneer
A veneer specially cut from a log to produce a highly figured, wavy pattern.
Butler's tray
A wooden tray with high sides and handles, which sits on top of a table or folding trestle. Occasionally made with folding sides which, when lowered, creates an oval shape.
Butt Joint
This is a type of joint where wood ends meet perpendicularly at right angles without overlapping or notching.
Butt Match
Veneer arrangement similar to book match, but joined end-to-end in a continuous strip. This may also be called end match.
Butterfly Table
A small folding table with splayed legs generally turned. The top has wing brackets underneath to support drop-leaf wings on either side.