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Now established as one of the most versatile and useful furniture pieces in the entire household, sideboards are becoming an increasingly required item for many. They are the perfect combination of style and substance, offering an elegant solution for storage needs in almost every room in the house. With so many options available, from stunning vintage sideboards to modern masterpieces, you are sure to be able to find the right sideboard for you.

What type of antique sideboard are you looking for?

One thing you may notice when searching for a sideboard is the variation in the names on show. You could be greeted with anything from a mid century credenza through to a simple Danish sideboard and you could be left wondering what the difference between them is. Some of the most common names include sideboard, buffet, server, and credenza and the differences between these items are small if there are any at all! Sideboards and buffets share the same definition, namely a low-set piece of furniture which is designed for storage. A server may be lighter and smaller than a buffet, but the differences stop there for these similar pieces. The word credenza comes from the English word “credence” and the Italian word for “belief”, and this makes perfect sense as they were originally used as a place to test whether or not food had been poisoned before it was eaten by VIP’s! Early credenzas had no legs and cupboards that reached the floor, but over time the design changed and they came more into line with the designs of the other types of sideboard. It may seem a little confusing, but don’t let the terms baffle you when picking your dream sideboard!

A Brief History Of Sideboards

Sideboards began life as an essential part of the kitchen, and before fitted cupboards became commonplace, they were used to store dishes and cutlery as well as to present food. The earliest versions of the sideboards we are familiar with today made their first appearance in the 18th century, and gained further popularity in the 19th century as more households were able to dedicate a room solely to dining.

As more time passed and the 19th century gave way to the 20th, the way these versatile items of furniture were used changed. Mid century modern sideboards become prominent as a way to display items in all rooms within the house, and this is when they truly started to become must have household items. Antique sideboards remained popular throughout this period, but as people began experimenting with the way they were used around the house, designers also began to push the design and storage capabilities of the once humble sideboard to the limit.

How Do I Pick The Right Sideboard?

With sideboards becoming such a versatile part of the home, it is very important that you chose the right one for your interior needs. There are three main things to consider when purchasing a sideboard, and they are what purpose you want to the piece to serve and how it should be designed, how much storage space it provides, and finally how big it is. The first consideration, namely the style and the purpose of the piece, is the most important. You will need to know where you want the sideboard to go, whether you will remain traditional and keep it in the dining room or whether it will form a part of another room in the house. Sideboards may now be a multi-purpose piece, but just remember the style and design will vary depending on which room you want it in!

The next thing to consider is how much storage space your chosen item gives you. As the purpose of a sideboard is to store items no matter where in the house it is found, you will want one that has plenty of room within it. Just bear in mind what you are hoping to place within or on your sideboard before you buy it and you will be sure to make a good purchase.

The last thing to consider is of course the size as you only want a piece that will fit in your house. Be sure to measure the space in which your new sideboard will be going as if you don’t you could struggle to fit it in!

If you are looking for some help when picking your sideboard, then why not start by using the filters on the side of the website to narrow down your choice?