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sideboard as we know it has been a progression from the
serving table of the 17th century kept in the dining room
for storing plates and utensils and carving a joint of meat
from, it was not a sophisticated piece of furniture but
rather functional.Thomas Chippendale appears to be one
of the first to popularise the idea of a specified table
kept in the dining room for storing cutlery and serving
utensils, alcohol and various crockery which was named a
sideboard. The shape is traditionally wide to create the
most space for storage and it is intended to sit against a
wall for convenience and easy access.
Sideboards are traditionally used in the dining room,
but today a more relaxed attitude to formal traditions is
employed and the sideboard is acceptable in any room of the
house. It is most useful in the living room, hallway, dining
room or kitchen.
We encourage you to use a sideboard for whatever means
you require there is no rules. Traditionally, it will have
been used to store crockery, glassware, cutlery, spirits and
wine for entertaining purposes and will have been within
easy access of the dining area.
Today, this attractive piece of furniture can be used for
any of the following and more:Display: The top of the
sideboard is big enough to display personal items,
photographs or ornaments.Storage: The storage could be
used for keeping equipment for hobbies, like arts and
crafts. It could also serve as a safe place to store
precious items and family photographs away from heat and
light.In the kitchen it can be used as extra storage
space, a place to keep cookbooks or especially loved items.
Accent piece: It can purely be used as an expression of good
design and to balance a room’s layout. The quality of the
wood makes each piece visually unique and beautiful.
Firstly, look at the ranges where the wood or finish (eg
painted etc)matches the other furniture in your house.
Then, look at the style, do you have traditional
furniture or modern? You may consider a sideboard from the
World range that uses reclaimed woods for authenticity that
is distressed to create an antique feel within your room.
What do you wish to store? Will you need more cupboard
and shelf space or will extra drawers be useful?
Keep a sideboard away from strong sunlight and do not
place in front of, or next to, radiators. The heat can
caused shrinkage and loosen joints and veneers. Clean
and protect with good beeswax to keep your new piece of
furniture in top condition.
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