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Furniture Glossary: Seating

Seating is a catchall term for furniture pieces that can be used like a chair but also have a dual purpose. Back to Furniture Glossary

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Chaise Longue

A French word that literally translates to long chair, the chaise is a typically a backed upholstered chair that has an elongated seating area with exposed legs. The original chaise lounge is actually an English mispronunciation of the proper word chaise longue, one whose error dates all the way back to the 1850s. Today both versions are accepted, though the former is by far the more popular. The basic form of this seat is an upholstered couch in the shape of a chair with four legs. The result resembles a sort of daybed that has a headrest at one end and can have a backrest or be backless.


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