What is the meaning of the furniture term Stile?

The stile is an outside vertical member of a cabinet or door that frames a panel. It is typically a long, narrow piece of wood or other material that runs up and down the length of the cabinet or door. The stile is usually thicker than the panel it frames, creating a border or frame effect.

Stiles provide structural support to the cabinet or door and help to keep the panel securely in place. They also contribute to the overall design aesthetic and can be decorated or embellished to enhance the overall appearance of the piece.

In cabinetry and woodworking terminology, the other vertical member on the opposite side of the panel is called the rail. Together, the stiles and rails form the frame that surrounds the panel.

Stiles can be found in various styles and designs, depending on the specific cabinet or door style. They can be straight or curved, simple or ornate, and made from different types of materials such as wood, metal, or plastic. The choice of stile design and material can greatly impact the overall look and feel of the cabinet or door.

Outside vertical member of a cabinet or door, which frames a panel.
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