Furniture Glossary


How long a sofa will last, and retain its shape depends largely on the frame. A high quality sofa (like ours) will have a strong, sturdy one.

The best frame is made out of kiln-dried hardwood. The process of kiln drying removes all moisture from the wood, enabling it to retain its shape and stability over a long period of time. A frame made of green wood can shrink or crack. Knotted wood can also cause cracks.

In a good quality frame, special attention is paid to the joints, which are glued, dowelled and screwed. The corners are further strengthened by the addition of reinforcing blocks. These provide extra support.

Generally plywood and particleboard frames are inferior, especially if they are held together with staples.


If you want a really soft seat then consider down cushions. These are considered to be the premium choice, and as you might imagine they are also among the most expensive. High quality cushions will have down proof ticking under the upholstery fabric to prevent feathers from poking through.

Be warned that cushions filled just with down are very high maintenance requiring daily attention so the cushions keep their appearance.

Down used in combination with other materials is also a good option, but also expensive. In the end, quality doesn’t come cheap, but a good quality sofa will stay more comfortable and retain its looks for a long time. So consider buying the best quality that you can afford.


You should always test the quality of seating support by sitting on a sofa before you buy it. It shouldn't sag, but provide good support in the seat and in the back.

The craftsman connects each spring to the adjoining one with a strong twine. The twine passes front to back, side to side and then diagonally in both directions thus tying each spring securely.


These interior hardware increase functions and conveniences of furniture also give furniture long-lasting life.

The look of any piece of furniture is as much due to the material used as the hardware and accessories. The knobs, the handles, the hinges, and slides – whilst sometimes hidden from plain view, play an important element while designing furniture.


Veneer refers to thin slices of wood that typically are glued onto core panels (typically, wood, particle board or medium-density fiberboard) to produce flat panels such as doors, tops and panels for cabinets, and parts of furniture.

There is a perception that solid wood furniture is always superior quality, but that simply isn’t the case. Exotic woods are often only available in high quality wood veneers and wood veneers are used extensively in gorgeous pieces with curves and bowed fronts. Some of the most spectacular furniture, both today and from centuries ago, is made from wood veneers.