Most everyone who speaks English can easily identify the definitions of words like “couch” and “chair,” but there are some furniture descriptors that have fallen out of use or are so obscure that many people may not recognize them.So, today we’re going to test your knowledge on some of these weird furniture words. We’re going to use a Balderdash-type game format: we’ll tell you the word and offer definitions, and you have to select the right one. The answers are below, or you can click on the word to see examples.Ready? Let’s go!
- 1. Chiffarobe
- An early 20th century wooden clothes hamper with a divider for dress and work clothing.
- A tall piece of storage furniture with drawers on one side and hanging racks on the other.
- A Mission-style “cake table” with long, narrow dimensions usually placed against a wall.
- 2. Davenport
- A sofa made by the A. H. Davenport Company of Boston, Massachusetts.
- An all-weather table often used in open-air patios or on sundecks.
- A Colonial-style chair that often comes on casters for easy movement.
- 3. Hassock
- A padded stool used as a low seat or for propping up the feet.
- A small Victorian-era clothes drawer designed for storing undergarments.
- A wooden clothes-drying rack first introduced in the Southwest in the 1700s.
- 4. Etagere
- A washbasin with a wooden outer frame for storing washcloths and soap.
- A low bench once only found in churches now often used for entryway seating.
- A freestanding set of backless shelves used to display books, collectibles and other items.
- 5. Canterbury
- An English-style writing desk with a folding door and drawers in the sides.
- An ornate four-poster bed first made popular by English nobility.
- A low wooden stand once used to hold cutlery, but now used as a portable magazine rack.
hopes everyone has a great weekend! Here are your answers: 1. B, 2. A, 3. A, 4. C and 5. C.