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Confused about all of the terms that come into play when shopping for home furnishings? Goedeker's has you covered. We've created this handy glossary to help you understand the different styles and features of whatever piece of furniture you plan to purchase.
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Accent furniture - Any type of furniture meant to complement the other furniture in the room; may be purely decorative or may have some practical use
Americana style - Style that is nostalgic and patriotic; characterized by rustic pieces, nautical elements, and a color palette of red, white, and blue
Applique - A small design applied to a larger surface to decorate it
Armoire - A freestanding cabinet or wardrobe that may be ornately designed; smaller models can store jewelry or clothes, while larger models may house entertainment systems
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Ball foot - A simple, round foot
Ball-and-claw foot - A foot that resembles an animal's claw grasping a ball; sometimes written as claw-and-ball foot
Beveled - A style featuring a slanted or sloped surface or edge
Bombe chest - Short, squat style of chest that curves outward at the base
Buffet - A piece of furniture placed against the wall in a dining room that may feature shelves, drawers, or cupboards used for storage; sometimes topped with a hutch
Bun foot - A flattened ball foot
Bunk bed - One bed frame stacked on top of another to maximize floor space in a room
Burl - A tree knot that produces a patterned grain when sliced; used in inlays and veneers
Cabriole leg - Furniture leg with a convex upper curve and concave lower curve
Canopy bed - Type of bed that features a post at each corner with some type of decorative fabric draped over them to create a canopy
Club foot - A variation of the pad foot with a more pointed toe
Coffee Table - Long, low table which is designed to be placed in front a sofa, to support beverages, magazines, and other decorative items
Daybed - Type of bed that can also function as a sofa
Distressed - A style which aims to make a piece of furniture look aged, weathered, vintage, or antique
Dovetail - A style featuring interlocking notches
Drop-leaf - A hinged leaf on a table that can be raised to increase surface space or folded down when not in use
Fluted - A style featuring shallow grooves or ridges
Four-poster bed - Type of bed that features four tall posts, one at each corner
Futon - Type of bed that features a thin mattress which can be placed on a metal frame, a wood frame, or the floor; may often double as a couch
Hollywood Regency deco style - Style of furniture design which originated during the 1930s or what’s known as the golden age of Hollywood; characterized by generous use of color, classically-shaped furniture, and elements of fantasy and glamour
Hoof foot - A foot that resembles an animal's hoof
Hutch - A set of shelves or cabinets placed on top of a buffet, desk, dresser, or other type of lower unit
Inlay - A design or pattern embedded in a different material for decorative purposes
Lacquered - A style featuring the use of a protective varnish covering
Laminate - Material which is a combination of wood fibers, plastics, and resin
Loft bed - Type of bed that is elevated and may feature a desk or storage underneath
Louis Philippe style - Style of furniture design which originated during the reign of King Louis Philippe of France; characterized by soft lines, little ornamentation, and use of darker woods
Loveseat - Type of couch that is smaller and meant to seat two people
MDF - Medium-density fiberboard; wood fibers mixed with resin and wax
Melamine - Laminate covered in resin that makes it scratch and chip resistant, stain resistant, and easier to clean
Modern style - Style that has been recently popularized; characterized by subtlety, a neutral color palette infused with a few bold accents, and clean lines; sometimes used interchangeably with the term contemporary style
Pad foot - A flat oval-shaped foot; similar to a club foot
Parquet - Style of veneer that features geometric designs
Platform bed - Type of bed that features a raised mattress supported by a platform; often includes storage drawers
Queen Anne style - Style of furniture design which originated during the reign of Queen Anne of Britain; characterized by minimal ornamentation, emphasis of the material, and curved lines
Queen Anne style leg - Cabriole leg which most commonly ends in a pad foot; also may end in a club, hoof, or trifid foot
Scalloped - A style featuring the use of semi-circles
Sectional - Type of sofa formed from multiple sections that can be pushed together in different configurations; often used to wrap around walls
Sleigh bed - Type of bed that features a curved headboard and footboard which make it resemble a sleigh
Tapered - A style featuring a gradual diminishing in thickness at one end
Traditional style - Style that is very commonly seen; characterized by predictable organization, matching pieces, and a focus on functionality; sometimes used interchangeably with the term classic style
Transitional style - Style that is a combination of modern and traditional elements; characterized by a mix of masculine and feminine design attributes, a focus on comfort and simplicity, and a clean color palette
Trifid foot - A three-toed foot resembling an animal's paw; sometimes called a drake foot
Trundle bed - Type of bed that is slightly smaller, mounted to casters or rollers, and stored underneath a larger bed
Turned - A specific style of foot or leg carved by rotating the piece of wood on a lathe; may have intricate designs involving round or blocky shapes
Veneer - A thin layer of fine wood covering an inferior material for decorative purposes
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