What is a Pedestal?
We all think we know the names of furniture pieces but then we get into a meeting and the team starts to sound like they are planning a space shuttle launch with all the industry terms being thrown around.
The world of commercial furniture is full of jargon. We all think we know the names of furniture pieces but then we get into a meeting about furnishing an office and the team from the dealership starts to sound like they are in the military or planning a space shuttle launch with all the industry terms and acronyms being thrown around. In this series, we will explain some of the most common terms so you can be in the know.
What is a pedestal? Ped… what the BBF?
I have heard a lot of names for these pieces over the years. Some offices I have visited call them R2D2s and other roly polys. A pedestal is just a small vertical storage piece. Many traditional desks are supported by a unit with a drawer and file storage or cabinet. This supporting function is the source of the name pedestal.
Today the units can hang from the underside of a HAT as it goes up and down and even have casters and be mobile. One of the most popular trends of the last 10 plus years have been mobile pedestals with cushion tops to provide a pop of color and seat for a quick chat at every workstation. In recent years though, as offices use less paper and hot desking or hoteling becomes more popular, pedestals are being relegated to private offices.
On your furniture order you may see a pedestal followed by several letters like BF or BBF. These letters indicate what storage pieces will make up the pedestal. Box is the industry term for a standard drawer and File for file drawer. So, a BBF pedestal has 2 standard drawers with a large file drawer on the bottom.