Know Your Leg Styles

Aesthetic appeal is not the only thing you should consider about the leg styles of furniture. The styles will dictate their functionality as well as give you an idea as to when it was manufactured. Here are some of the most common styles that are found in valuable antiques.

Flemish scroll

flemish-scrollThis leg style is marked by scrolls at both the top and the bottom of the leg, often designed to be opposite from each other. These were very common in the seventeenth century and were designed for King Charles the second. They are also referred to as double scroll legs.

Cabriole

This is a very popular leg design that is made with the knee of the leg facing outward and with the ankle facing inward that sits on a separate foot. This style is best associated with Queen Anne and makes for a very elegant design. The separate foot is often designed according to the buyers preference with the most common being the pad foot and the ball and claw one.

Saber

Much like the saber sword, the saber leg is designed with a concave shape and is mostly found on 4-legged chairs or stools. They can either have a square or a rounded shape. This leg design was a Greek favorite and if you are into the Greek culture, then you might want to design your dining chairs with saber legs.

Spiral

This is a very dated style that literally resembled a twisted rope. It is believed to have Indian origin. They are mostly found on stools and are very common in England.

If you are making your furniture from scratch, you can tell your carpenter or furniture contractor the style of leg that is most appealing to you. This way, your home will have some historical charm without costing you an arm and a leg.

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