Sideboards and buffet cabinets are chic and efficient ways to store kitchen, dining and living room accessories ranging from table linens to board games. You'll find sideboard styles and buffet table sizes to fit just about any space, so here are a few things to consider when deciding on what sort of sideboard buffet or kitchen hutch is right for you.
What Is a Sideboard?
Sideboards, also called buffets, are traditionally flat-topped pieces of furniture with cabinets, shelves or cupboards. Typically placed along walls in dining rooms, they can be used as a place to set food for serving and for storing linens, china and other serving supplies.
Using Your Buffet Sideboard
Are you using your sideboard cabinet primarily for decoration, or do you desperately need the storage? Do you want a large surface area for serving meals, or do you plan to use the piece to display your home bar? Some buffet cabinets also come available with a hutch where you can show off your fine china or hold your everyday wares. Your intended use will determine the size and features you need in a buffet server.
Sideboard Table Styles
Although considered a fairly traditional piece of furniture, sideboards are available in an array of styles. White buffet furniture can complement country chic decor, while a rustic sideboard will fit right in with a more industrial space. For a contemporary home, opt for modern sideboards, or choose a dark wood buffet in a classic shape for a formal dining room.