3 Way Ladder

September 28th, 2017

A 3-way ladder can be used in a variety of settings: used as a double sided trestle (‘A’ Frame) ladder, as a lean to or extension ladder.

Acoustic Furniture

June 2nd, 2017

Acoustic Furniture in office interior design options helps to manage acoustics in a large space.

Adjacency Requirements

December 10th, 2017

Adjacency requirements is about designing office spaces to include consideration of the most functional proximity of associated personnel groups and optimum location of equipment areas in their work environment.


July 21st, 2017

Adjustability builds in flexibility of use and ergonomics to office furniture.

Adjustable Arms

May 24th, 2017

Adjustable arms refers to the adjustability of an office chair arm rest to ergonomically suit the user. Desk chair arms can be height adjustable (vertical), angle or may have a sliding arm pad.


May 16th, 2017

Anti-rebound furniture features ensure that in particular a drawer or cabinet door will stay closed and not spontaneously open once more when it is closed with normal force. This is a significant safety feature of furniture.

Area Take-Off

September 13th, 2017

This information is used to quantify in planning interior design for budget management and providing specifications to the office or interior designer.

The ABM, as the organisation is known as, is a trade association that represents the interests of the British furniture industry. This organisation is run by members for members and the wider industry.  Apart from retailers, the supply chain is also important to BFM, so associate members include suppliers, retailers and ancillary companies to the trade.

Asynchronous Control

June 27th, 2017

allows for simultaneous but independent movement associated with a chair’s seat and backrest.


July 8th, 2017

AutoCAD or Computer Aided Design is software for the development of drawings with specifications and other on-screen elements, using specially designed computer custom features and graphics to visually depict items and products under development. This design software is especially useful when creating floor plans, office furniture layouts or in product development as it allows testing of alternative options.

Back Pitch

July 17th, 2017

Back pitch refers to the angle of a chair back in relation to the seat.


December 19th, 2017

A baluster is a post supporting a handrail in a stairwell.  These are sometimes referred to as ‘spindles’ when made of wood. They may be especially crafted to suit the interior design of a space and made of wood or metal.


July 28th, 2017

The balustrade is the protective barrier alongside a staircase or landing area.  It is made up of the newels and handrail, together with either the balusters / spindles, glass or steel panels, or wood panelling.  Choice of materials for the balustrade will be made at the area design phase of office design planning.

These chairs are used for large venues, where they can be stacked away easily to create space.

Base Cap

November 3rd, 2017

A base cap is a solid cap that fits over part of a metal base, upon which e.g. a filing cabinet unit sits.

Base Power In-Feed

October 13th, 2017

The base power in-feed refers to the power source connection from the building’s electrical circuit to the system’s furniture panel.  


June 9th, 2017

A batten is a narrow strip of wood e.g.  with dimensions of 2″x4″, or other sizes.  Other components will be screwed into this strip to create a robust framework.

Beaded Wood

September 13th, 2017

Also known as Beading or Moulded Wood. This is a simple rounded moulding of a wooden edge to soften or complete furniture design.


May 26th, 2017

A bevel is an angle of an edge that is not a right angle, but sloping or ‘canted’.  It may be referred to as bevelled furniture or bevelling.  It generally refers to wood furniture.


March 18th, 2017

Bins are for either waste management, or vertical storage bins. Waste bins include, pedal bins, separator bins, cigarette bins, wheeled bins, litter bins and sack holders.

Bistro Furniture

September 8th, 2017

Bistro tables and chairs are for use in a small restaurant serving simple meals and beverages.

Block Diagram

May 4th, 2017

A block diagram is created during the office design phase.


October 1st, 2017

Blockboard has square wood strips glued together.

Boardroom Table

March 2nd, 2018

A boardroom table is often a long, rectangular or oval table, seating as few as four and up to a dozen meeting participants. Oval or rounded surfaces offer greater visibility of meeting participants. Rectangular is a classic, formal boardroom table shape.

Boat Shape Table Top

February 14th, 2018

This table top design allows for better visibility of all participants sitting around a long conference table, supporting better progress in meetings.


March 6th, 2018

A tree trunk is sometimes called the bole. After felling, all branches are removed, leaving the trunk. This processed bole may then be called a log, (hence the term ‘logging’.)

Book Matching

October 15th, 2017

Book matching creates a mirrored grain pattern when components of a piece of furniture are put together; eg.g veneer or laminate sheets are put together such that the back of one sheet is connected to the face of another.

Box Drawer

April 10th, 2017

A box drawer is a 6” high drawer in a pedestal or cabinet. It is intended to store small items e.g. pens and pencils, calculator, or other smaller stationery items.


September 5th, 2017

The bridge is the work surface that connects a desk and credenza to form a U-shaped workspace around the user.


October 16th, 2017

Broad-leaved trees produce hardwood timber. A broadleaf tree is a deciduous tree that sheds its leaves seasonally i.e they are deciduous in Winter in temperate climates, such as the U.K.

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    Broad-leaved trees produce hardwood timber. A broadleaf tree is a deciduous tree that sheds its leaves seasonally i.e they are deciduous in Winter in temperate climates, such as the U.K.

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