By Amélie Perrin. Modern Sideboard. Published at Friday, February 16th, 2018 - 12:06:11 PM.
Trying to increase the space in your lounge or dining area? A sideboard could possibly be the solution. Attractive & ultra functional, sideboards have leaped in popularity lately, & it is no great surprise why. To begin with, what is considered to be a sideboard? Sideboards is fairly diverse word, spanning free standing, low to moderate height cabinets, which commonly include sliding or hanging doors or drawers, or even a combination of both. In fact, although a chest of drawers & a sideboard are twodistinct items, the word sideboard is commonly used more to talk about the general appearance, for instance a long, low chest of drawers with legs can also be a sideboard. Initially made for the dining-room, sideboards used to be a place to keep utensils, crockery, napkins, glasses & beverages, & were also known as a buffet.
Sideboards also come with interesting detailing that could add certain resplendence to your space. Carved wood, borders on the cupboards, and ornate embellishments and fixtures can make it look fancy, as per your choosing. In order add richness to your room, pick something with handles of the drawers and cupboards made be classic brass, or even in cut-glass or crystal, for a more delicate look. However, if you want a minimal look, a plain sideboard with borderless cupboards and drawers would be the best bet. Whatever your choice, remember that solid wood offers the kind of sophistication that nothing else can!
The design of eighteenth and nineteenth century houses usually did not include much space for storage. Because of that furniture makers were called upon to solve the problem of where to keep things when they were not being used everyday. The dining room generally had one of those solutions in the form of the oak sideboard. The sideboard of most northeastern homes was made of oak due to its plenteous supply throughout the woodlands from Maine to Pennsylvania.
Once the dishes were washed and dried, the oak sideboard would also be the storage place between meals. The structure of the sideboard was generally five to six-feet in length by eighteen inches deep by thirty-eight to forty-one inches tall. The height was configured to the waist height of the hostess, for the top of the sideboard had to coincide with her ability to carry platters of food to and from the furniture piece. The sideboard had cabinets in the main trunk of the piece with at least one and generally two drawers. The top had to be completely flat without any interruption of its surface as it was the main staging area for serving.
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