Furniture Glossary and Terms

Antique Finish
Special finish to give the appearance of age. This is mostly done by finishing some part of the furniture is darker and lighter color than the rest.

Burl Veneer
Veneers with decorative irregular mottled pattern. Made from tree's knots.
Burl Veneer

California King
Standard bed size that measures 72" wide and 84" long. Mostly used only in West Coast region.

Club Chair
Chair with a low back. Mostly made from leather.

Corner Blocks
Triangular pieces of Wood used to reinforce drawers.

Crotch Veneer
A veneer cut from the branching point or the part near the root. This veneer shows irregular pattern.

Dovetailed
Type of drawer construction which usually signify a better construction.
There are two kinds: English or French Dovetailed.
Dovetailed

Distressing
Wood that is purposely marred to give a rustic look. This is mostly done by creating imperfection in the wood surface or finish purposely.

Eight-Way Hand-Tied Springs
Coil springs which are hand-tied to keep springs in place. This is done mostly for higher end upholstery.

Futon
A special type of sofa that can be converted into bed.

Inlay
Wood veneer that is constructed to produce a pattern. Usually consists of different types of veneer.

Knock Down (Or KD) Furniture
Furniture that needs some minor assembly. This is different from RTA (Ready to Assemble) furniture which require a lengthy assembly process.

Laminated Wood
Layers of Wood that are fastened together. Usually for lower priced furniture.

Left-Facing
We determine what is left facing by standing directly in front of a the foot of the chaise, if the arm is on the left side, it is left facing. (See right facing)
Left Facing


Mattress Sizes
SizeWidth (inch)Length (inch)
Twin3975
Full5475
Queen6080
Eastern King7680
California King7284
Mattress Sizes

Nail-Head Trim
Decorative nail head or nail head strip usually used in sofa.

Ottoman
Footrest which is usually part of living room or sofa collection.

Polystyrene
A man-made synthetic used to simulate Wood. Often used to reproduce expensive Wood trim. Can also be used to make frame parts or entire frames.

Polyurethane
Man-made synthetic foam used for filling and for cushions. Rigid polyurethane can also reproduce Wood trim or make entire frame.

Recliner
Chair, Sofa, or Sectional that can recline. The footrest will pop up and the back of the item can recline back.

Right-Facing
We determine what is right facing by standing directly in front of a the foot of the chaise, if the arm is on the right side, it is right facing. (See left-facing)
Right Facing

Rocker
Any chair which tips back and forth in place.

Hand Rubbed Finish
Painting technique that is used to create an antique look.

Top Grain Leather
The uppermost layer and highest quality part of a hide, used for fine Upholstery Leather.

Veneer
A thin decorative layer of Wood which is applied to underlying Wood solidsto match and balance grain, create inlay and banded effects.
Wood Veneer







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