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Furniture is a very common and extremely important part of our life, but have you ever wondered that there are different types of furniture legs with different names? These names come from interesting backgrounds. If you notice, the chairs in your office, living room and drawing room will have legs that are not at all similar to each other. Well, after reading this article you will be able to differentiate in them. Just by looking at the legs of a furniture you will be able to identify its uniqueness and the time it was manufactured.

Below are some leg styles that were developed in United States and Europe.

  1. Cabriole leg: when you see a knee curving outward and an ankle turning inward, you know that it’s the famous cabriole leg. Queen Anne and Chippendale styles are connected to this leg form.
  2. Flemish scroll leg: these legs are identified by scrolls on the bottom and at top, which spiral in contrasting ways. They were developed in 17th Gerrit Jensen used these to design lavish pieces for King Charles II. You may also refer them as double scroll legs.
  3. Fluted leg: carved with rounded channels after a particular interval, the flute leg was invented by ancient Greek.
  4. Marlborough leg: a simple straight leg, which sometimes has a fluted carving. It can also be footless and concludes the block foot.
  5. Reeded leg: this one is carved with rounded ridges and was designed for Greek and Romans. It can be seen in Sheraton designs. You can say that they look like fluted legs.
  6. Saber leg: it has sword shape and is a kind of splayed furniture. It holds a concave shape. You will usually find these on a sofa, stool or a chair.
  7. Spider legs: they are delicate, thin and curved just like a spider’s web. That extend below in groups of 3 and 4. In 18th century, this style was mostly identified on tea tables and candle stands.
  8. Spiral leg: invented in India, this style of leg resembles that of a rope which is thought to be as very old. In the 17th century, this style made its way to Europe to Portugal, England and Holland and had its own era of popularity from 1660 to 1703. They were a special characteristic of Restoration and William and Mary but came back after a hundred years and were styled again in mid-19th In England, they are also called spiral twist or barley twist.
  9. Trumpet leg: these legs look like a trumpet. They are thick and have a lot of curves and flares. At the top, there will always be a dome like structure and the end will be like a ball foot.

These were the types of furniture legs you will need to know about in your life. Bend down and check which type of leg style does your chair has.Please visit our website for further information.



Writen by Emma Rosenstengel