Sara Mullen. Sideboards. February 12th , 2018.
Oak sideboards, if you say the words quickly they mean very little but the reality of such an item of furniture is it can be invaluable in your dining space. Storage is at a premium in dining spaces and rooms, as we tend not to have a lot of furniture other than the table and chairs. However, good-sized oak sideboards can give you all of the storage space you need for your dining cutlery, dishes, candles, dining linens and any other items you use whilst entertaining. You not only have the storage inside the sideboard but space on top to put a music system, your iPod docking station or even a TV and DVD player.
A good strategy for picking the perfect one is to visit your local furniture stores and see what they have in stock and pinpoint any models you may like, then look online for those brands and models and see if you can find them at a better price. Due to their heavy weight, some online shops may offer free shipping on top of the lower price than normal retailers. This strategy does not always work, but it is a good way to attempt to save some money in the process of getting a high quality oak sideboard to display in your home.
So Why Solid Oak Sideboards? With a solid oak sideboard, unlike much cheaper made sideboards, they are built to last. Particleboard is commonly used in the manufacture of cheaper sideboards but will not withstand years of use like the tougher, much versatile oak version. Not only that but the oak version looks and feels much stronger, and is very much in Vogue today as they never really ever goes out of fashion, they also tend to add a feel of quality and luxury to a home and can often be a talking point when visitors come over. The sideboard was once a place to store the food, whilst waiting to be served, however they now appear in any room in the house whether that be bedroom or lounge, they can even be used to hold the entertainment system
It was round about the 1770s that Sideboards first started appearing in Britain. The earliest type was called slab tables. These early Sideboards often had marble tops as they were used not only to serve food and drink, but also prepare and cut food. The slab tables were no more than a top with legs and there was no storage on them. In 1788, the famous cabinetmaker Hepplewhite showed a sideboard in his illustrated style guide. Hepplewhites piece had moved away from the slab table as it had the addition of storage space.
sideboards are basically cupboards. They can have drawers and doors on or a mix of both. Often, they are associated with the dining room but they can sit well in a living room as well. Many of us have numerous pieces of cutlery or fine china that we get out on special occasions. Where do you store such items? Are they in your kitchen cupboards or even in the loft maybe. Wouldnt it be nicer to store these lovely things in sideboards in your living or dining room? You may actually find you use them more because they are more accessible. sideboards are also sometimes known as buffets, and they were designed to hold all of your dining paraphernalia. We will all be familiar with the period dramas on TV where the servants are standing by an expansive table with a serving platter.
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