A sideboard, sometimes referred to as a buffet table, is a type of furniture which provides extra storage space. It is rectangular in shape and usually consists of cupboards and drawers which can be used to store everything from dining room accessories to toys or paper work.
A sideboard cabinet not only improves the layout and functionality of your dining and cooking space, but its top surface also functions as a decorative platform – and we’re not just talking about its exterior finish. You can place items such as a vase, lampshade or ornaments on it to augment the existing theme of your kitchen or dining room.
If you have a large family or host dinners frequently, you can imagine the kind of effort it takes to set the table. You’d have to make twenty trips to the side cupboard to collect all the plates, glasses, fork and spoon, jugs, etc. needed for dinner.
What if there’s a simpler way of doing things? You’re right! We’re talking about the sideboard, or buffet table, whichever you prefer. With a sideboard by your side, you will never have to run around getting ready for dinner again. Simply arrange all your dinnerware and serving accessories inside it. You can even use the surface to set up a cutlery station or food platters.
So you’re now convinced of the benefits of sideboards, and would like to get one. Which one should you choose?
The first step to take when choosing a sideboard is to measure the dimensions of the area where you plan on putting it. You will also need to measure the dimensions of any adjacent furniture to ensure the size does not stray too far off. Otherwise, you may have furniture of differing depths. A seamless layout is always preferable.
Next, determine the size and storage space you want. How many cupboards and drawers do you need? Is there space to open the cupboard door fully or will it be impeded by other furniture or a wall?
Finally, choose the material and finish you like. Do you like lightweight plastic sideboards with a pastel finish? Or do you prefer a solid glossy wood unit? What about metal sideboards, which are usually easy to dismantle and assemble? That might come in handy if you’re renting. Or perhaps you want to make a statement with marble designer sideboards?
List down all your requirements on a piece of paper so you won’t get side-tracked when shopping. In case you need some ideas, here are a few to get you started.
The Decotique Vogue Sideboard is a great way to introduce a little Scandinavian design into your home. Made using a combination of steel and MDF, the sideboard offers 136 L of storage space. You can choose one of the six beautiful finishes. We prefer the wine-red finish, truth be told.
For something more prestigious, check out Andersen’s S6 Sideboard. Designed by KATO, the oak, brass and multicoloured laminate sideboard is capable of dominating any space you put it in. This sturdy, practical and elegant unit will help you make a mark in your social circle.
If you’re looking for something more utilitarian, you can’t go wrong with Englesson’s Edge Cabinet 2 Doors 4 Drawers. As its name implies, the beechwood and MDF sideboard boasts two doors and four drawers. The hand-manufactured unit has a timeless design that will never look out of place anywhere, in any decade.
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