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The Meyers’ Family Furniture Glossary

If you’ve made the decision that your home could use some new furniture, you might find that you’ll walk into a whole new world. In the home furnishings world, there’s so many different terms and names that you might have never heard of. Never fear – the Meyers family is here to help simplify, and help you be ready for when you stop in to shop with us! **Want to print this out and bring it in when you shop? We’re here to help – download and print our Furniture Glossary PDF now! 

Blanket chest — A storage trunk that doubles as a bench

Casegoods — Furniture items meant for storage that aren’t upholstered

Casters — Wheels on the bottom of heavy furniture that make it easier to move and less likely to harm floors

Chaise lounge — A decorative chair that extends to accommodate a person’s legs so they can recline

Chesterfield — A leather sofa with deep-set buttons

Cheval mirror — A freestanding mirror that can be tilted

Chiffonier — A tall chest of drawers for storing linens

Club chair — A low-back upholstered chair

Credenza — A storage unit with drawers that doubles as a food service area

Curio — A casegood with glass doors or panels for displaying collectibles

Davenport — A narrow writing desk with a sloped top

Dinette — A smaller version of dining room furniture meant for eating in the kitchen

Drop-leaf table — A table with extension leaves attached by hinges that move the leaves as needed

Etagere — Shelving unit with open areas to display ornamental pieces

Finial — A decorative knob at the top of a bedpost or lamp

Glider — A recliner designed specifically to move smoothly forward and back

Hassock — An upholstered footstool

Jardiniere — An ornate pot for holding plants

Motion furniture — Chairs and beds that have built-in mechanics to recline or otherwise change positions

Nesting tables — Tables that get increasingly smaller and fit into one another for storage

Parson’s table — A square or rectangular table with wide, straight legs

Pembroke table — A drop-leaf table often with a drawer and twin flaps to the long sides

Sectional — A sofa made of complementary parts that can be moved to make different configurations

Settee — aka sofa

Sideboard — A buffet or credenza, a place to serve food

Sleigh bed — A bedframe and headboard that resemble an old-fashioned sleigh

Tallboy — A tall thin chest of drawers

Tambour door — A flat door that slides into a pocket instead of swinging back and forth

Triptych — A set of three pieces of wall art that form one image