Sideboards

An antique sideboard can complete a classic look

If your table and chairs are the stars of your dining room furniture, a sideboard (buffet) and china cabinet are the strong supporting actors, providing stylish yet practical dining room storage solutions./p>

So what is a sideboard for and what do you store in it? A sideboard is traditionally kept next to the dining room table for a couple of reasons. First, although nowadays the top of a sideboard is often the home of crocheted runners, flowers in vases, knick-knacks, photo frames and other decorative touches, it was once the place to put all of the serving trays and dishes of food for each course of a meal -- a sideboard isn't also called a buffet for nothing. And some people do still choose to use the top of their sideboard to hold food during a meal.

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Second, a sideboard is positioned near the dining room table because what the cabinets of a sideboard should hold are many of the things that need to go on that table when you host an amazing dinner party: things such as your good dishes and silverware, napkins, candles and candle holders, butter serving tray, fanciest teapot and table linens.

The Appeal of an Antique Sideboard

Antique wood or country sideboards hearken back to the not-so-distant time when a buffet was typically used to hold a smorgasbord of food. Antique sideboards often feature beautiful and interesting details, including hand carvings, shaped legs, and intricately designed drawer and door handles, and they may even have a backboard with a mirror, not unlike some dressers.

Modern Options for Your Sideboard Furniture Plans

Although a timeless, classic look, an antique wooden sideboard is not for everyone, and does not fit the style of every dining area. Fortunately, there are many trendy designs in dining room buffets, as well. Modern wooden sideboards are almost always smaller in dimension and thinner of frame than antique sideboards, which can make them less cumbersome and quite literally a better fit in some dining rooms.

Like antique buffets, some modern buffets combine glass and wood; however, others do away with natural materials and neutral shades in favor of synthetic materials and bold colors.