Glossary for Furniture & Home Décor
This glossary should help clarify the terminology that is so often thrown around casually but incorrectly.
buffet — The words sideboard and buffet are somewhat interchangeable, but if the item has short legs, or a base that sits directly on the floor with no legs, it is more likely to be called a sideboard; if it has longer legs, it is more likely to be called a buffet. It is more likely to be referred to by this name when placed in the dining area of the home.
console table — is a table whose top surface is supported by corbels or brackets rather than by the usual four legs. It is thus similar to a supported shelf and is not designed to serve as a stand-alone surface. It is frequently used as pier table (which may have legs of any variety), to abut a pier wall.
couch — also known as a sofa, settee, or chesterfield, is a cushioned item of furniture for seating multiple people. A couch normally does not have armrests whereas a sofa does.
sideboard — A sideboard, also called a buffet, is an item of furniture traditionally used in the dining room for serving food, for displaying serving dishes, and for storage. The words sideboard and buffet are somewhat interchangeable, but if the item has short legs, or a base that sits directly on the floor with no legs, it is more likely to be called a sideboard; if it has longer legs, it is more likely to be called a buffet.
sconce — A sconce or wall light is a decorative light fixture that is mounted to a wall. The sconce is a very old form of fixture, historically used with candles and oil lamps.
They can provide general room lighting, and are common in hallways and corridors, but they may be mostly decorative. A sconce may be a traditional torch, candle or gaslight, or a modern electric light source affixed in the same way.
sofa — the terms sofa and settee (U and non-U) are most commonly used in the United Kingdom and India. Usually a sofa comes with armrests.
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