Convex shaped front of a chest, or buffet. Bowfront refers to a type of furniture design where the front surface, usually on cabinets, desks, or dressers, has a curved or convex shape. The term is derived from the bow-like curve that is often seen on the front panel of the furniture piece. This design element adds visual interest and can create a sense of elegance or sophistication to the overall aesthetic of the furniture. Bowfront furniture is commonly found in traditional or antique styles.