A Helpful Guide to Buying a Sideboard

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A sideboard, more commonly known as a buffet, is a cabinet that stands freely in a kitchen or dining room. Sideboards have been a home decoration staple, even before the days of fitted cupboard construction. In typical home decor settings, the sideboard will rest against the wall of a dining area or traditional kitchen.

The sideboard comes equipped with many cupboards and drawers, to maximize its storage potential. It is the place where cups, plates and cutlery are often kept. The top of the sideboard can be used as a resting place for meals prior to being served. The majority of modern households come with kitchen cabinet sets, but most families require additional storage space.

For this reason and many others, sideboards remain a popular design staple of homes around the world. Their necessity to the modern dining room is unquestioned. Sideboards have held an important place in the home for hundreds of years and with the increase in home technology over the past few years, they serve as a practical addition to any dining room.

Home owners may be unable to decide whether or a new or used sideboard works best for them, so let's take a closer look.

Sideboards are a great storage solution to any room

Sideboards are a great storage

Sideboard shoppers whose tastes lean more towards the futuristic can select from sideboards that are either white or black. These sideboards tend to be plain in appearance and rectangular in shape. They are faced with either plastic or metal and have been fitted with hardware of the steel and/or chrome variety.

Depending on how much you are willing to pay, the quality of these sideboards can vary. The design and the construction of newer sideboards allows consumers to select from a wider range than ever before. Typically, new sideboards are built out of wood, with a veneer finish.

Consumers also have the choice of selecting a sideboard with a composite base and wooden veneers. Whether the consumer selects a wooden veneer or a plastic one, the risk factors are the same. Permanent damage by way of burns, scratches or bumps can jeopardize the long term health of your sideboard.

Careful handling is key, especially if you would like your sideboard to last over the long haul. Those who seek increased durability may opt for a solid wood structure, as opposed to a veneer. With solid wood, scratches and bumps are more easily sanded and painted over.


If the consumer is looking to save money, they can choose an inexpensively produced pine sideboard. More well-heeled customers typically select hardwood sideboards. No matter the selection, the homeowner is able to enjoy a beautifully crafted and durable sideboard.

When it comes to used sideboards, saving money is not the primary objective. Used sideboard shoppers have access to a far greater selection of styles and patterns that are no longer produced on a consistent basis. Surprisingly, a used sideboard may cost just as much, if not more than a new one, due to its exclusivity.

There are also reasonably priced used sideboards to be had. Even pieces that have experienced the normal wear and tear are still salvageable. Quality craftsmanship never goes out of style and vintage sideboards give your home decor a unique flair.

Styles Of Sideboards

Styles Of Sideboards

Regardless of whether you are purchasing a used sideboard or a new one, there are a great deal of styles to select from.

Modern: A simple, sleek design. Rectangular in shape, black/white in color, with a glossy finish.

Traditional: New and used sideboards can fit into this category. Typically, traditional sideboards are newer ones that have been built to resemble the classics.

Contemporary: Known for its clean design and wood veneers, the contemporary style category also encompasses some mid-century designs.

Retro: Those in a search of top notch 20th century designs should look no further.

French Country: These sideboards are made of pine and are typically painted white. Shabby chic pursuers tend to favor these.

Farmhouse: The perfect sideboard for a rustic decor motif. These are similar to the country category and carry a rougher look.

Antiques: This style of sideboard includes genuine antiques and reproductions.

Asian: Simplistic designs with oversize hinges and handles. These hinges and handles are geometrically shaped and the finish is typically glossy.

Art Deco: Early 20th century stylistic flourishes, such as geometric streamlining and veneers that are complex and decorative. Many art deco sideboards also fall into the antique category.

Nordic: Made of solid wood, with wooden veneers, the Nordic (or Scandinavian) sideboard prizes simple design and could be classified as either modern or mid-century.

Victorian: These tend to larger than most, made of wood that has been stained dark, with a wide range of decorative flourishes.

Art Nouveau: Art Nouveau reached peak popularity in the late 19th century, but is still favored today by those who enjoy stained glass tile and sweeping lines.

You will also need to choose a sideboard that fits properly within its assigned room. A sideboard must fill the proper space and serve at peak functionality. Locating a sideboard that does not detract from your current design scheme has never been easier. No matter what decorating them your home relies upon, there is a sideboard available that meets your needs.

December 29, 2014