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Furniture Names and Definitions

Make furnishing your home that much easier: furniture terminology with pictures will give you a general idea of what you might be looking for, whether that's a mission-style bench or an end table with a parquet design. If you're not sure what terms like "mission-style" mean, now's the time to find out!

Bed Steps
Bed Steps
A set of steps on four legs that allows you to easily climb into and out of a tall bed.

Beveled Edge
The quality of a table where the square edges slope slightly.

Bun Foot on a Furnishing
Bun Feet
A traditional style of furniture legs that feature a flattened sphere shape.

Caster on a Vanity Chair

A mount that attaches to the wheel on a chair or cart that allows for easy rolling.

Console Table

Console Table
A table that is meant to sit flush against the wall in a foyer, living room, and a variety of other places.

Convertible Table as a DeskConvertible Table as a Game TableConvertible Table as a Dining Table
Convertible Table
A smaller table that folds out to a mid-sized table and finally becomes a dining table with the addition of included leaves.

Wall Curio Cabinet
Curio Cabinet
A display case with shelves meant for presenting small collectibles and trinkets.

Demilune Table
A table or a bench shaped like a half-circle.

Corner Etagere
A tower of open shelves that can be fit into the corner or against a wall.

The color applied to a furnishing in hues like walnut, mahogany, black, maple, or cherry.

Jewelry Armoire

Jewelry Armoire
A slender cabinet with a series of central drawers, two side doors, and a top mirrored lid concealing storage for jewelry.

Mission-Style Bookcase
Mission Style
A type of furniture characterized by simple lines and flat, board-like panels.

Nailhead Trim on a Table
A round metal stud that, when used in multiples, forms the trim on a piece of furniture.

Nesting Table Set
Nesting Tables
A set of tables in descending heights so that one can scoot easily under the other for storage.

An upholstered cube or cylinder on legs that provides seating and sometimes, hidden storage.

Parquet Design Tabletop
Parquet Design
The look of a surface where the wood grain appears to fit together in a geometric mosaic design.

Pedestal Table
Pedestal Table
A table designed to display a single vase, houseplant, or sculpture.

Powder Coat Finish
Powder Coat Finish
A dry, fine-grained substance applied to a wall sculpture through static electricity and later hardened into a durable outer layer in an oven; it is resistant to UV rays, tarnish, and weather.

Space Saver
Space Saver
A tower of shelves that is designed specifically to rise up over the toilet tank.

Spindle Table Leg
Spindle Leg
A long, skinny table leg that features a series of symmetrical curves.

Tufted Ottoman
An indented button on the upholstered fabric on an ottoman, bench, or chair.

Vanity Stool
Vanity Chair
A chair or stool with or without wheels that is designed to slide beneath a makeup table.

Veneer on a Bookcase
A thin layer of wood that is glued or otherwise bonded to a surface.