As you look for new or even used furniture, it’s helpful if you understand some of the furniture key terms used in the industry. Depending on the room you're furnishing you'll encounter different sets of furniture terms. Wooden pieces of furniture and upholstered furniture also have their own sets of terms. The terms in the following guide are basic, and apply to furnishings throughout the home or office.
CredenzaA credenza is a low piece of furniture often used for storage. You find most credenzas in a dining room or office setting. With today's flat screen televisions, many people are using credenzas as video centers by setting the television on the top of the credenza.
HutchA hutch is a piece of furniture that sits on top of a credenza or buffet. Its main purpose is storage, and it often has glass doors or open shelves for displaying glassware or other items. Some hutches fit over a computer desk and serve as bookcases and display areas.
Foam densityFoam density refers to the weight and mass of the polyurethane foam used in furniture cushions. The denser the foam, the better the quality of the seating. You can also expect denser foam to last longer.
Cleanability codeThe cleanability code for a piece of furniture is on the manufacturer's tag. Simply put, the cleanability code is the cleaning instructions for that piece of furniture.
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