If you’re looking for a way to elegantly serve food or store your serveware
, a buffet or sideboard may be just the solution. Essentially the same
, sideboards traditionally have shorter legs and may come with a hutch
, while buffets are more geared towards displaying food. The terms are often used interchangeably
, but regardless of what you want to call it
, sideboards and buffets continue to be stylish and functional additions to the dining room. When searching for the perfect buffet furniture
, think about the following:
What size sideboard should I consider?
Take into account the overall size of the room
, the size of your dining table
, and the size of any other furniture you have in the space. If you’re planning on putting out multiple dishes for guests to serve themselves
, try a small or narrow sideboard so that there is plenty of room to move about. In general
, sideboards are large
, heavy pieces
, so be sure yours balances the room instead of overpowering it.
What style sideboard should I choose?
Sideboards date back to the 18th century
, but today’s selection includes a range of styles from midcentury and modern sideboards
to farmhouse and rustic sideboards
. When considering a style
, take into account the theme that your dining room currently represents and what you hope to accomplish with your buffet table. If you’re looking for a piece that will keep favorite items accesible or on display
, try a tall English farmhouse sideboard with a hutch
. If you’re looking for a piece from which guests can refill their drinks and plates
, perhaps a smaller
, modern buffet table
would be best. For the items that you’d like to keep behind closed doors
, a glass
, metal or oak sideboard with cabinets are all stylish options. Consider sliding cabinet doors to avoid getting in the way of foot traffic.
What features should I look for in a buffet table?
A sideboard with a wine rack
can be a great place to store and serve wine. While some sideboards come with wine racks built in
, you can also look for ones with cupboards and simply put a wine rack in yourself. If you’re hoping to display your favorite plates
, teapots or other decorative objects
, consider getting a sideboard with a buffet hutch or glass cabinets. Sideboard cabinets can be used to hold anything you use when serving guests in the dining room. Think dinnerware
, linens and candlesticks to keep your dining room buffet stocked.
Where else can I use my buffet?
Don’t feel like your buffet must be confined to the dining room. Sideboards and buffets essentially began as cabinetry before kitchens came with built-in cupboards
, and a kitchen sideboard can still bring an elegant farmhouse feel to your home today. To achieve the look
, use a clean white sideboard
to hold baking supplies or as a coffee and tea station. Or
, pair a mirrored sideboard
with a dramatic piece of artwork to create a contemporary chic mood in a hallway. If you’ve got extra space in your living room
, try placing an antique sideboard
against a wall and placing drinks or books on it for easy access.