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Sideboards Buying Guide

Sideboards Buying Guide

A Brief History

The 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.

Where is a Sideboard Used

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.

Functions of a Sideboard

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.

Features of a Sidebaord

Each sideboard has various features:
We have sideboards that have anything from 2 to 7 drawers and all have 2 or 3 doors.
Also some feature open shelving.

Choosing a Sideboard

Firstly, look at the ranges where the wood or finish (eg oak, pine, 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?

How to look after a Sideboard

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.