What is the meaning of the furniture term Cross Stretcher?

The term cross stretcher refers to a horizontal bar that connects and reinforces the legs of a piece of furniture, usually a table or chair. It is positioned diagonally between two opposing legs, forming an X shape, hence the name cross stretcher. This cross stretcher provides structural support and stability to the furniture, preventing it from wobbling or collapsing. It is often used in traditional and antique furniture design for added strength and aesthetic appeal. Intersecting X-strecher, curved or straight, on tables and chairs.
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