Sara Mullen. Sideboards. February 12th , 2018.
When looking for the perfect piece to finish off your dining area, a piece of sideboard furniture is usually a great idea. In a small room like most dining areas, you need a piece that will be able to look great at the same time as it is serving other functions like storage or food service. Sideboards handle all of those tasks and definitely look good in the process. In some homes you will find an antique sideboard that has been passed down through many generations of the family. These family treasures are some of the most beautiful pieces of furniture you might ever see in your lifetime, and they still look as good and fill the same functional role as they did perhaps hundreds of years ago when they were first made.
Sideboards were always part of dining in the grand Victorian houses, and if you want to dine with that kind of style then there are some reproduction pieces that will serve you well. Oak sideboards offer you plenty of storage options and there are some that have drawers and cupboard space so you have a place to store everything. You may have an idea that oak will be difficult to care for and look after or that it only comes in its natural shade, but you would be wrong. Oak sideboards come in so many different hues from the darkest almost ebony to the lightest bleached look. Oak as a wood is very easy to care for. It will take a lot of hard knocks and plenty of everyday wear and tear.
Well, those serving platters will be placed on top of a sideboard once the diners have been served. This gives you an idea of how important a piece of furniture the sideboards were in times past. They are still popular pieces of furniture today as they are incredibly versatile. There are some outstanding designs of sideboards. Many of them are in solid wood, which is beautiful for any item of furniture. You can get open designs of sideboard and some glazed styles. All you need to do is choose the right size and style and then decide where you want to place it in your home. I have seen sideboards used to great effect in a living room used to keep a plasma TV on. I have also seen one placed in an open plan living dining room, and used almost as a room divider.
In addition to making the dining room look less empty, sideboards create an inviting atmosphere which in turn makes everyone at the table feel more relaxed. They are not, however, just an aesthetically appealing addition but very practical too. Sideboards are typically used to keep the tableware at hand which helps save space in kitchen cabinets as well as the kitchen itself, enabling the "chef" to focus exclusively on cooking. In addition, a sideboard in the dining area reduces the risk of burnt food and other cooking accidents because the "chef" is not disturbed by a family member who is in charge for setting the table. Modern sideboards are typically purchased together with the dining set to achieve a perfect match but if your dining room is already furnished that does not mean that you cannot incorporate a sideboard. Finding one that comes in an identical design and colour as the existing furniture is virtually impossible, especially if you have it for quite some time already. There are, however, many sideboards which can easily be combined with just about every existing furniture regardless of its style and colour.
The beauty of natural wood is something we all should have in our homes and with oak, you get just that. Something can be beautiful to look at and be very practical to have, and oak sideboards are certainly that rare combination. If you want the full entertaining dining experience then a matching table, chairs and sideboard are a must. For those wine connoisseurs out there you can even get sideboards with built in wine racks, how cool would that look and how impressed would your guests be! You dont have to match your table to your sideboard or vice versa as mixing and matching styles and colours of wood can work equally well.
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