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Glossary

A

Adjustable Height Arms

Arms on an office chair that move up and down at the touch of a button to fit various worksurface heights and body types.

Adjustable Lumbar Support

Additional lower back support on a chair that the user can move to put a little extra pressure wherever it’s needed to achieve the proper posture.

Adjustable Width Arms

Arms on an office chair that move in and out at the touch of a button to support different preferences and postures.

All Adjustable Arms

Arms on an office chair that move in every direction to put the support wherever it’s desired.

Arch Handle

A rounded handle style on drawers that gently curves outward from the surface.

Asynchronous Control

This multi-faceted tilt control system allows the back to pivot independently from the seat and locks the back in any position to give users the broadest possible range of postures, from full recline to perch.

B

Back Height Adjustment

The chair back moves up and down to fit a variety of users and position the lumbar support in the most comfortable location.

Bariatric Lounge

A reinforced metal frame increases the strength of a lounge chair to allow it to support users up to 450 lbs.

Bookcase Hutch

Add a bookcase to the top of an existing worksurface or file to organize a literature collection or showcase personal items.

Bow Front Worksurface

The curved front side of the worksurface gives visitors and collaborators a little extra workspace

Bridge

Add this small worksurface section to desk or credenza shells to create a larger U-shaped workstation.

Bridge Kit

A worksurface and panel back that connects desks and/or credenzas to create U-shaped workstations.

Bullet Shaped Worksurface

With a half-round end supported by a pedestal leg, this worksurface is ideal for small meetings or teaming stations.

C

Cable Trough

Neatly collects and routes electrical and data cords through a workstation environment.

Café Height

Typically between 40” and 42” high, these worksurfaces and seating solutions can be also used a standing-height environment.

Cantilever Table

With a C-shaped base, this table shape can slide under a side or lounge chair to neatly nest and save space.

Carpet Gripper

Feet that can be added to office furniture, especially vertical storage towers, to help keep the unit in place on a carpeted surface.

Casegoods

Storage that provides compartments and drawers files and other supplies, and includes wardrobes, hutches and more.

Caster

Wheels attached to the bottom of chairs, tables and pedestals that allow the furniture to be easily moved.

Center Tilt

This basic control mechanism on a chair that allows anyone to comfortably recline, using the center of the seat as the pivot point.

Clamp Mount

Installs an accessory such as a monitor arm onto a worksurface by gripping the edge of the worksurface.

Club Chair

Typically covered in leather or plush upholstery, this comfortable armchair seats a single user and is often used in lounge settings.

Coffee Table

This style of low, long table is designed to accompany casual seating and provide a place for literature, beverages and other items.

Corner Table

This style of low table is designed to fit at a 90-degree angle between casual seating arrangements and provide a place for literature, beverages and other items.

Counterweight

A weight inserted into storage units with drawers that provides balance and stability when drawers are open.

Credenza

Similar to a desk, this closed cabinet provides storage for papers, office supplies, etc., and typically matches the height of the desk and surrounding furniture in a workspace.

Cube Table

A table enclosed on all sides that has a square top, with a height that is equal to each side

Cylinder Table

A table enclosed on all sides that has a round top, with a height that is equal to the diameter of the top.

D

Data Grommet

Fitting flush into a cutout hole in a worksurface, this grommet brings Ethernet cables or other data connections directly to the desktop.

Desk Divider

Affixed to worksurfaces in open areas and groups of workstations, these solid material panels above the desk help define and divide personal space.

Desk Shell

A desk that includes support legs and worksurface, but no storage drawers.

Desktop Paper Shelf

A shelf or tray that allows users to neatly stack and organize paperwork on a desktop.

Desktop Storage Terrace

A layered shelf that sits on top of a worksurface with a variety of cubbies and tray sizes, allowing for greater organization of paperwork.

Double Pedestal Desk

A desk with space for the user’s legs in the middle, and a storage pedestal on each side for greater organization.

E

Empire Handle

A flat, rectangular handle on drawers that runs horizontally.

End Panel

An enclosed metal or laminate panel that can be added to support a worksurface that does not have a modular pedestal.

End Table

A low table designed to anchor the end of a run of guest chairs or lounge seating and provide a place for literature, beverages and more.

Executive Chair

A typically full-featured mid-back or high-back desk chair that offers high-end comfort and adjustable controls, ideal for private office settings.

Extron Plate

Inserted into a worksurface pop-up port, it provides a variety of configurations, including data, VGA, HDMI, USB, audio and more.

F

File Center

Combining a variety of storage elements into one unit, it provides an all-in-one storage solution.

Fixed Chair Arms

Arms on a chair that do not move or adjust in any way.

Fixed Chair Base

A base on a chair that does not feature casters, and is designed to stay in position.

Flip-Top Base

A table base designed to turn the worksurface 90-degrees to nest with other tables that have the worksurface in the vertical position.

Foot Ring

A fixed or adjustable bar on the bottom section of a stool that provides leg support.

Freestanding Privacy Screen

A mobile or fixed vertical screen, typically covered in fabric or glass, designed to provide visual privacy and divide space in open areas.

G

Ganging Bracket

A bracket placed on guest seating and tables that can be used to connect them together to form perfect rows and keep chairs in place.

Glide

Made of a variety of materials designed to move smoothly over hard surfaces, glides can be added to table or chair feet to protect flooring and make movement easier.

Grommet

Used when wires or cords need to pass thru for electrical access, a grommet will reinforce the hole.

Grommet Mount

A power and/or data outlet that fits into an existing grommet hole on a worksurface.

Guest Chair

A smaller, single-seat chair designed for short-term use and often placed in open areas, waiting rooms and private offices.

H

Hanging Paper Shelf

An open shelf that attaches to the underside of a cabinet or worksurface to organize paperwork.

Hard Caster

Wheels on an office chair that are designed for softer surfaces such as carpet.

Hardboard

A stiff board made of compressed and treated wood pulp, used on cabinet backs and other furniture elements.

High Density Stacker

This lightweight guest chair made of high-density materials that moves easily for quick rearrangement and stacks on top of other chairs in the same collection to save space.

High Pressure Laminate

Considered to be one of the most durable surface materials available, high pressure laminate is resistant to scratches, stains, spills and heat, and can achieve a wide variety of aesthetics.

High-Back Chair

Typically found in private offices, meeting spaces and workstations, these task and executive chairs are designed to offer support to a greater variety of users.

Hip Chair

A stool with fixed arms and a footring, often used in healthcare areas.

Hospitality Shelf

A sliding shelf that can be added to the bottom of a storage cabinet to allow for easy access and removal of trash.

Hutch

A storage cabinet that can be added onto the worksurface of an office component such as a desk or credenza to add storage without sacrificing floor space.

I

Independent Back Angle

A feature of task chairs that moves the back separately from the seat to reduce lumbar pressure.

J

K

L

Laminate Credenza Shelf

A fixed or adjustable shelf with a durable laminate exterior that creates storage space in a credenza.

Lateral File

A great choice for smaller offices because they take up little space, lateral files typically allow for side-to-side or front-to-back paper filing and can range from units that fit under a desk to large files that divide a space.

LED Task Light

A corded desktop lamp that allows workers to add light to their immediate and personal workspace.

Loop Chair Arms

Fixed arms on an office chair that have a circular shape and typically a slightly rounded arm top.

Loop Handle

A rounded handle style on drawers that gently curves outward from the surface.

Love Seat

A lounge seat made for two users, typically featuring plush foam cushioning.

Low Credenza

A storage credenza that sits on the floor and is much lower height than the desks or other furniture elements, usually with a variety of storage spaces and drawer types.

Low-Back Chair

An office chair designed for lighter and more short-term use, with a back height that hits most users in the middle of their spine for lower back support.

Lumbar Support

This feature in the lower part of the chair back delivers extra pressure to the user’s lower back, helping maintain the natural curve of the spine and reducing back pain.

M

Mesh Back

A breathable material on a chair that stretches to offer instant support and comfort to any user, while keeping them cool.

Mid-Range Knee Tilt

This advanced chair control pivots the seat from close to the knees, allowing users to keep their feet on the floor while reclining.

Mobile Markerboard

A two-sided white board on four casters that can be easily moved around a space to take notes or present ideas.

Mobile Pedestal

A storage pedestal on casters with file or supply drawers, which can be easily moved around a workspace.

Modesty Panel

A laminate, metal or frosted glass panel that attaches to the bottom of a desk to provide extra privacy below the worksurface.

Modular Chair

A chair designed to work great as a standalone seating solution, or as part of a larger grouping of similar chairs, as typically found in lounge settings.

Monitor Arm

A metal arm that replaces the standard base supplied with monitors, which affixes to the desk and to a flat screen panel to provide easier adjustment of screen, reducing back, neck and eye strain.

Multi-Task Control

An advanced seat control on a chair that adjusts the reclining angles of the seat and back independently, and allows the user to lock the back in virtually any position.

N

Nesting Chair

A side or guest chair with a seat that flips up vertically, which allows it to be pushed closely against other chairs in that collection to save space, similar to a line of grocery carts.

O

Ottoman

A comfortable, cushion topped lounge element that can be used to put up your feet or as a short-term seating solution.

Overhead Legs

Post legs or O-legs designed to support overhead storage, similar to those found on desks and worksurfaces.

Overhead Storage

Storage cabinets that stack onto existing desks or credenzas that add valuable open or closed storage space without taking up any additional real estate.

P

Particle Board

A heavy-duty composite material used to give worksurfaces and other laminate office furniture strength and durability.

Pedestal

A storage cabinet with drawers that also acts as a support for an office desk or credenza, usually with file or supply drawers.

Peninsula Shaped Top

A worksurface with one rectangular end that connects to a panel support and one rounded end that sits atop a single post leg.

Pivot Arms

Adjustable chair arms that each turn at up to 30-degree angles to move wherever the user prefers the support.

Pneumatic Seat Height Adjustment

Adjustment that allows users to move the chair seat up and down with the touch of a button through the aid of a gas cylinder.

Pop-up Port

Electrical and/or data outlet that mounts flush into a worksurface, and opens when pushed to make ports available.

Post Leg Base

Individual vertical legs that can be used to support a variety of worksurfaces.

Posture Control

Any mechanism on an office chair that allows the user to customize settings to fit their body or preferred posture and comfort.

Posture Mechanism/Lock

A feature in office chairs that allows the user to prevent the chair from reclining whenever the user prefers firmer back support and an upright position.

Presentation Cart

A mobile cart that can be rolled throughout a work environment, and typically holds a flat screen display, whiteboard or other presentation tools.

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R

Reception Station

A large workstation at the front of an office with a variety of storage options, a standing-height worksurface for visitors, and typically in a configuration that wraps around the receptionist.

Recessed Task Light

A lighting unit that can be mounted onto the underside of a hutch or wall-mount storage cabinet to add light to a work area without taking up worksurface space.

Return

A worksurface with one finished side, a pedestal file and a modesty panel that attaches to a single pedestal desk or credenza to create an L-shaped workstation.

Return Shell

A worksurface with one finished side and a modesty panel that attaches to a single pedestal desk or credenza to create an L-shaped workstation. A modular pedestal file can be added for more storage.

Rounded Square Handle

A rounded, rectangular handle on drawers that runs horizontally.

S

Seat Depth Adjustment

An adjustment on office chairs that allows the user to move the chair back forward or backward to create a deeper or shallower seat cushion.

Seat Glide Mechanism

An adjustment on office chairs that allows the user to move the entire seat cushion forward or backward to fit their personal preferences.

Seat Tilt Tension

A mechanical feature on the front of an office chair that adjusts the amount of resistance the chair provides when reclining, usually controlled by a knob.

Side Tilt Tension

A mechanical feature on the side of an office chair that adjusts the amount of resistance the chair provides when reclining, usually controlled by a knob.

Sled Base

A chair base with U-shaped legs that run along the floor to allow users to easily push them on hard or soft surfaces.

Soft Caster

Wheels on office chairs that are designed for hard surfaces, such as hardwood or tile floors or hard plastic mats.

Soft Wedge Table Top

Casual table top shapes with a 45-degree top, allowing for arrangements that make turns and weave around architectural elements.

Stacked Paper Management

An organizational tool that can be added to cabinets and other storage compartments to allow for piling of paperwork and segmentation of open storage areas.

Stadium

A tiered platform that can be added to a worksurface or file cabinet to create more open shelves for filing of paperwork and office supplies.

Storage Cabinet Pedestal

A mobile or modular storage unit that can be added to a workstation to offer two or three drawers for files or office supplies.

Storage Tower

A versatile, vertical storage unit that includes a full height door for storing coats, as well as smaller drawers and open cabinets for paperwork, office supplies and personal items.

Straight Arms

Fixed arms on an office chair, usually a guest or side chair, that do not curve or bend in any way.

Support Column

A single straight leg that can be used to support peninsula desks or other worksurfaces.

Synchro-Tilt

A control mechanism in a desk chair that allows the user to recline the back while keeping the seat parallel to the floor, which encourages proper back alignment and increases circulation.

Synchronized Knee Tilt

A control mechanism in a desk chair that keeps the front edge of the seat closer to the floor when reclining for a more natural posture and comfortable position.

T

T-Leg Base

A table base that is shaped like an upside down T to create a solid foundation.

Tablet Arm

A small worksurface that attaches to an arm of a lounge chair or side chair to provide a place for a laptop or note-taking.

Tapered Round Leg

A hardwood or metal leg typically found on lounge furniture that has a higher circumference at the top than at the bottom.

Tapered Square Leg

A hardwood or metal leg typically found on lounge furniture that has a higher width at the top than at the bottom.

Task Chair

An office chair that offers comfort for all-day work, and usually includes 360-degree swivel, adjustable seat height, and other controls and features that allow for comfortable reclining and optimal support.

Tilt Lock

A feature in office chairs that allows the user to prevent the chair from reclining whenever the user prefers firmer back support and an upright position.

Tilt Tension

A feature in office chairs that allows the user to increase or decrease the amount of pressure it takes to push the back when reclining.

U

Upholstered Back

An office chair back that has been covered in fabric upholstery, usually wrapped over padded cushioning.

Upholstered Seat

An office chair seat that has been covered in fabric upholstery wrapped over padded cushioning.

V

Vertical File

A storage unit with drawers that is taller than the depth or width, which puts a lot of file storage into a smaller office space.

Vertical Paper Manager

An addition to open cabinets that includes a number of open shelves for sorting and organizing paperwork.

W

Wire Management

A series of trays and troughs that neatly organize cables and cords from the worksurface to the outlet source.

Work Wall

A freestanding wall that adds privacy, can support one end of a worksurface, and can hold paper and supply trays.

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360-Degree Swivel

A feature on a chair that allows a user to turn in any direction for total freedom of movement.