This helpful glossary will help you better discuss laboratory furniture with laboratory planners and designers.
ADA - Americans with Disability Act. There is now a wide variety of laboratory furniture designed to conform to ADA guidelines.
BIFMA - BIFMA stands for the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association.
Base Cabinet – A case that is mounted to the floor, and typically contains a surface. Base cabinets can have doors or drawers or can be open, and are typically used for storage.
Best Practices – The act of choosing high quality manufacture and installation of laboratory furniture, including those that conform to SEFA-8 Recommended Practices.
Cabinet Depth – The measurement of a cabinet from back to front.
Cabinet Height – The measurement of a cabinet from top to bottom, excluding the surface.
Cabinet Width – The measurement of a cabinet from one side to the other.
Casework – A general term used to describe laboratory furniture including base cabinets, wall cabinets, display cabinets, and storage cabinets, as well as desks and counters.
Composition Core – A core material of furniture comprising particle board.
Counter-Mounted Cabinet – A cabinet that is mounted on a shelf or work surface.
Cupboard – The part of the cabinet that has no drawers. May or may not be enclosed by doors.
Combination Unit – A cabinet that features both drawers and doors.
Drawer – A box in a cabinet that is opened and closed by pulling or sliding.
Free-Standing – Furniture that stands alone, and is not mounted to other surfaces, walls, or cabinets.
Hardware – Materials used in cabinet making, such as hinges, pulls, and screws.
High-Pressure Laminate – Decorative sheets of thermosetting laminate used in the manufacture of casework.
Laminate – A material that is made from one or more layers of materials being bonded together.
Levelers – Hardware that enables cabinets and casework to be vertically adjusted to level.
Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) – A type of building material made by bonding wood fibers together with heat and pressure.
Particleboard – A type of panel that is made when particles, often wood, are joined together with a binder.
Rack Resistance – The ability of a desk or table to remain stable under stress.
Removable Back – A panel on the back of a cabinet that can be removed to gain access to plumbing.
Shelving – A flat, open surface designed to store items.
Table – Any type of furniture with a flat horizontal surface.
Tall Cabinet – A floor-mounted cabinet that stands 84 inches high.
Wall Cabinet – A cabinet that is mounted on a vertical surface, such as a wall or panel.
Work surface – A horizontal surface placed on a table or base cabinet.