The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Buffets and Sideboards
How are sideboards and buffets different?
Although the names are used interchangeably, a piece of furniture used for storing dishes and linens in the dining room is often called a buffet. When it is used in the living room or foyer, it is called a sideboard. If shelves are added to the top, it becomes a hutch. Styles range from contemporary to traditional, making it easy for you to find a piece for any room of your home.
What are some of the styles?
Pieces of furniture designed to serve food have been used in homes for centuries, and you can still find antiques in styles from different eras. You can also find a wide range of reproductions in the following categories: contemporary, traditional, and rustic. Contemporary pieces have clean lines and come in a variety of finishes, such as exotic woods or mirrored panels. Traditional furniture is more formal and often features dark wood finishes and turned legs. Rustic styles have a distressed or weathered finish that adds a layer of texture to a room. Common styles include the following:
- Classic or traditional
- Country or rustic
- Urban or contemporary
How is a serving console used?
The name comes from the original design, a long board set beside a dining table to hold food and eating utensils, but you can use cupboards in many other ways and locations. In the dining room, use it to store china, stemware, silverware, and gadgets like wine openers, coasters, candles, and matches. When it is time for a dinner party, use the top to hold food, wine, and serving utensils. In the living room or foyer, consider using it for a television console and media storage or an entry table with drawers for gloves, scarves, and other miscellaneous items.
What is a credenza?
A credenza is a long, low cabinet, often with sliding doors, that has very short legs or no legs at all. You can use it anywhere in your home for storage, for serving meals, or as an accent piece. It also makes a good piece for serving beverages, storing toys out of the way in the playroom, or organizing office supplies in a home office. Its uses are only limited by your imagination.
How do I set up a meal on a server?
You can use a piece of furniture as a serving table or cover a long table with a tablecloth. You will need the following supplies:
- Tablecloths, napkins, and flatware
- Extra saucers to hold serving utensils during serving
- Dishes for dining
- Beverages and glassware
- Flowers, candles, and other decorative touches