When you're looking for classic pieces to add both utility and beauty to your living areas, you can't go wrong with a sideboard or a buffet. These traditional furniture items were used to keep full plates of food off the table in times gone by. Today, they can be functional and fashionable - allowing you to have more room on your dining table without taking up too much room around the perimeter of your eating or living spaces.
Narrow sideboards and buffets can be tricky to purchase. While they do afford you additional storage in spaces that might have previously gone unused, you need to be careful to measure all of your spaces meticulously. It might not seem like an extra couple of inches would be a big deal, but when you're picking pieces that might take up your walking space, you need to be careful.
However, these are also pieces that can up level your home's aesthetic and add extra storage.
Narrow sideboards and buffets come in a wide variety of styles and colors, which is a good thing - it'll allow you to match your piece easily with your home's aesthetic. However, it also means that you might have a lot of choices in front of you. Take a look at your current home and note the types of wood stains, the colors, and even the types of shapes that your current furniture comes in. If you pick out a buffet or sideboard that has similar colors or angles as your other pieces, it'll seem to fit in with your home flawlessly.
Buffets and sideboards are naturally long and thin. This means that they fit in well on long, unobstructed walls. When you pick out the wall that you plan to place your sideboard on, make sure that you have all the measurements as well as enough room to leave clear on either side of your prospective buffet. Giving your new furniture a little bit of breathing space on each end will make your room feel open and less cluttered, instead of boxed in by a large piece of new furniture.
Think about the functionality you'll require of your new buffet or sideboard. What type of meals do you cook? Will you be using your sideboard or buffet for culinary purposes, or simply for storage? Will you need to be able to walk around your sideboard easily? Considering all of these practical questions and making sure that your sideboard has the specs to meet these functions (adequate shelves, a narrow enough top, or a heat-proof surface) will save you a lot of frustration in the long run. This type of furniture should never be purchased on aesthetics alone!
Here are our favorite pieces for practical yet gorgeous sideboards and buffets that can make a huge style impact in your home…
This gorgeous piece comes in five neutral colors, has a modern and completely interesting distressed finish, and comes fully assembled. If you're planning on using this as an entertainment cabinet, you're in luck: It comes with an onboard cable management system!
If you want a combination sideboard and open shelf, this is the unit for you. Featuring both closed cabinets and a handy lower shelf, this sideboard is sustainably-sourced, made of solid wood, and also includes four tiny, adorable drawers that are perfect for easy access for utensils.
Interested in something a bit more modern? This sideboard boasts a simple wooden frame and doors cut on a visually-interesting diagonal bias. The back is also completely finished, which helps if you're not planning on setting this against a wall.
This sideboard has a good balance of vintage elements and practical touches, with glass-door cabinets that feature curved wood designs as well as two central drawers. It's made of manufactured wood, and it has a fully-finished back.
Black Manufactured Wood Buffet Table
This 'server' comes in dark brown and blue colors - perfect modern neutrals. While it does require some assembly, it does come with a two-year warranty for your peace of mind. The doors exhibit soft-close technology, and the shelves behind the decorative front are completely adjustable.
Solid Manufactured Wood Server
This sideboard sits flush to the floor in a way that helps in blend in even more seamlessly with your existing style and setup. In kale, blue, or white shades, this sideboard with glass-front cabinets helps you see what you need easily. Onboard cable management also helps make your life easy when you're using this sideboard.
Sideboards can often have a very vintage feel. This sideboard uses this to its full advantage with front panelling and gilded accents - perfect to mesh with your mid-century-modern style. Cable management, adjustable shelves, and soft-close doors prove that you can have a vintage look and modern convenience at the same time.
Perhaps you'd rather have a sideboard that feels more like an industrial butcher block. In that case, this is your buffet! The open shelving with minimalistic finishing allows this piece of furniture to be a blank canvas for your style. It has a finished back, comes in four neutral stains of wood, and offers cable management for your convenience.
This sideboard features bevelled, curved sides which can help with preserving a roomy feel in a small space. Corner shelves, center drawers and cabinets, and an antiqued finish in either blue or white: This buffet has a vintage feel that will certainly add a coziness to your home.
Craving a farmhouse feel for your sideboard? With a totally reclaimed feel to both cabinets and drawers, this sideboard offers incredible charm. It also offers cable management, adjustable shelving, and a sturdy feel from its manufactured wood build.