A stretcher connects, braces, and strengthens the legs of tables, chairs, chests and sofas. Box stretchers connect all four legs of a piece, forming a box around it. X-stretchers (also known as cross stretchers or saltiers) form an X underneath the piece of furniture. H-stretchers have side pieces that connect front legs with the ones directly behind them and then have a cross piece that runs from one side stretcher to the other.
|Paul McCobb Directional chair with box stretchers|
|T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb|
|Tommi Parzinger table with X-stretchers|