Wood Library Chairs & Tables

Styles

Armless Chair: Armless chairs are chairs designed with open, arm-free sides of the seat and frame. These chairs typically contain a seat, backrest, and base without armrests.

Half-Hexagon Library Table: A half-hexagon library table is a four-sides tabletop with three equal-length sides forming a sort of semi-circle opposite a longer flat edge. The design resembles a STOP sign that has been cut exactly in half. The half-hexagon tables can be used alone, paired for a full-hexagon shape, lined up along a wall, or used with other table shapes for larger groups and clusters.

Stacking Chair: Stacking chairs are library chairs, typically made of wood, with frames that accommodate stacking for space-saving storage or transport. The stackable chairs are usually limited to stacks of a set maximum number, indicated in the individual chair paperwork, description, or other specifications.

Wood Chair: Wood chairs are made of solid wood components, including the legs, backrest, seat, and arms if applicable to the design. Select wood chairs can have upholstered seat and/or backrest components, with padding for enhanced comfort.

Components

Ganging Device: Ganging devices are included or optional additions to select library chair and table products, allowing furniture pieces to be joined with matching furniture pieces for fixed rows, groups, and clusters. The ganging devices are typically small, obscure, and easy to use.

Plastic Feet: Plastic feet are protective pieces attached to the base of wood library table legs, reducing risk of scuffs and scratches to library floors when the tables are bumps, used, or moved.

Steel Apron: Steel aprons are table aprons made of steel. The steel components form a box-like structure and can combine with a four-leg base assembly for enhanced support and stability.

Table Apron: Table aprons are reinforcing structures, usually in a box-like shape, attached under the tabletop and often joined with four table legs for a reinforced frame and stronger assembly. The table apron can be low profile with less than 1” of height, or it can be noticeable with more than 2” of height, depending on the design.

Waterfall Seat: Waterfall seat refers to the front edges of library chairs designed with a slightly lower position and/or curved front edge to reduce pressure on the backs of thighs for better circulation and reduced fatigue. Waterfall seats are considered an ergonomic design element.

Construction Materials

Bullnose Edge: Bullnose edge refers to either a rounded, solid wood edge finished for smooth look and feel, or a vinyl band attached to the edges of tabletops featuring a dramatically rounded shape and size that offers impact-resistance and support for everyday bumps and use.

Catalyzed Lacquer Finish: Catalyzed lacquer finish is a durable topcoat finish used with many wood and wood veneer products. The finish is accomplished by first applying a lacquer topcoat to the wood components then applying the catalyst to cure the lacquer for a hard, protective finish.

Curved Backrest: Curved backrests are backrests of library chairs featuring rounded or curved shaping to provide better contact with spine and better support for natural work postures. Curved backrests are considered an ergonomic design feature.

Environmentally Friendly Powder-Coat Paint: Environmentally friendly powder-coat paint is a finishing process that offers an eco-friendly green design using dry paint applied to steel or other metal components and cured for a durable, hard finish that resists damage from scratches and use. The paint finish is typically non-glossy, and can be smooth or textured depending on the specifics of the design.

High-Pressure Laminate Top: High-pressure laminate top indicates a library table with tabletop core panel finished using multi-layer laminate applied with heat and pressure. The securely bonded laminate finish is durable, resisting scratches, stains, and heat with easy-clean finish in a variety of colors that vary between table collections.

Multi-Step Finishing Process: Multi-step finishing process refers to the hand-rubbed wood staining finishing process used to complete many wood and veneer finished products. The wood stain is applied by hand in multiple steps for rich penetrating color and the overall protective finish is applied to reduce wear and tear on the finish from regular use.

Oak Veneers: Oak veneers are wood veneer sheets made by slicing solid oak wood, stained to create the desired finishing effects and applied with an adhesive substance or laminate to the surfaces of tabletop or chair components for a permanent bond.

Plywood Top: Plywood top indicates the library table is designed with a plywood core tabletop, made by alternating thin slices of real wood to reinforce the strength by alternating the wood grain patterns, bonding the slices under pressure and forming durable core panels. Plywood top tables are usually finished with wood veneers, laminate, or melamine.

PVC Edge: PVC edge is a plastic edging band bonded to the raw edges of tabletop panels, concealing the seam where the tabletop finish bonds to the core panel, and provides an attractive look with smooth feel for safe use. PVC edges are impact-resistant, for durable support in everyday library settings.

Reinforced Construction: Reinforced construction indicates the use of reinforcing bars, cleats, panels, or other support structures to enhance the strength and stability of a library table or chair design.

Steam-Bent Backrest: Steam-bent backrest refers to the curved shaping of wood library chair backrest supports and backrest components, curved and bent with steam in classic wood working style. The steam bending reduces damage to the wood while allowing a subtle flexibility to develop, as in new wood when still green, and then the wood is dried for a permanently shaped element. The curved shaping enhances spine support and natural comfort.

Steel Legs: Steel legs are library table legs composed of steel, usually with steel tube design, and often finished with baked-on enamel or powder-coat paint.

Solid Oak Construction: Solid oak construction indicates the table or chair is made of all solid oak wood components as opposed to wood materials such as plywood or particleboard and veneers.

Solid Wood Frame: Solid wood frames are library wood table frames made from solid hardwood components. The legs and apron, where applicable, are made of real hardwood pieces, finished in wood stain and protective topcoat for a durable, classic design.

Tapered Legs: Tapered legs refer to table legs that gently narrow from a midpoint on the leg to the floor. These legs can taper subtly, with only a slight difference in girth at the base from the top, or the taper may be dramatic as in the stiletto-leg design of some furniture collections.

Veneer Finish: Veneer finish is a real wood finish made from very thin sheets of natural wood, stained in classic wood finishing style, and applied with laminate or similar bonding agent to the surfaces of library table core panels. The veneer finish sheets are usually protected by additional topcoat, varnish, or lacquer and offer the look of a solid hardwood tabletop.

4-Leg Table Frame: Four-leg table frames have classic-style four-leg base designs.

Features

ADA-Compliant Design: ADA-complaint design refers to library tables with a table height and frame that meet requirements set by the Americans with Disabilities Act to accommodate wheelchair access with ease. These designs include features such as adjustable height, no-apron frame designs, and wider frames for increased mobility while at the table.

ANSI/BIFMA: Library chairs and tables listed as meeting ANSI/BIFMA standards have been verified to meet the requirements set and/or tested by the American National Standards Institute and the Business and Industrial Furniture Manufacturers Association.

Apron Options: Apron options indicate a choice of the table apron such as no apron for an ADA-friendly library table design or a 3”-high apron for classic look and added support.

Junior-Height/Juvenile-Height: Juvenile or junior height library tables have slightly shorter table frames with the tabletop set at about 27”-high for comfortable use by smaller or younger library patrons.

Standard-Height: Standard-height library tables typically have tabletops set at about 29”-high for comfortable access from standard-sized library chairs.

Armless Chair
Armless Chair

Half-Hexagon Library Table
Half-Hexagon Library Table

Stacking Chair
Stacking Chair

Wood Chair
Wood Chair

Ganging Device
Ganging Device

Waterfall Seat
Waterfall Seat

Bullnose Edge
Bullnose Edge

Tapered Legs
Tapered Legs

4-Leg Table Frame
4-Leg Table Frame