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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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Rabbet Joint
A joining technique for supporting shelves or drawer bottoms in vertical units. The edge of the vertical piece of wood fits into a groove in the horizontal piece. Also known as a dado joint.
Rail
A generic term used to describe a long section of wood serving a functional purpose in furniture. Examples are the top rail in the back of a chair and the rails, which connect the headboard and footboard of a bed.
Random Match
In veneering and decorative surfacing, a casual, unmatched effect with no attempt at a symmetrical or a repetitive pattern.
Reeding
Close, parallel rows of convex moldings. The opposite of fluting.
Relief
A carved decoration, which stands proud of the surface on which it appears.
Reproduction
New furniture which is a copy of an antique.
Restoration
Work carried out on furniture to bring it back to its original condition.
Retro
A setting, furniture pieces or decorative element that revives a style or look of the past.
Return
The part of an L-shaped desk that is at right angles to the main work surface, providing additional workspace.
Reverse Box Match
A decorative veneer technique similar to a reverse diamond match, and aligned to create a cross-patterned center with right-angled patterns going off in four directions.
Reverse Diamond Match
Four wedges of wood or veneer set together to form an X at the center with consecutively smaller V's radiating out from the center in all four directions. May also be called butterfly match.
Rhythm
The alteration of strong and weak elements to create movement. We want the eye to travel around an area.
Roll Top Desk
Desks with a tambour cover which rolls back to reveal the writing surface.
Rotary-Cut Veneer
A slice of veneer made by cutting a log in a circular manner around the circumference. A bold, variegated grain is then produced because the cut follows the log's annual growth rings.
Runner
A rail used to support additional leaves on an extending dining table.
Rush
A variety of sea grass that is used to weave chair seats or a long stem of marsh-growing plant.