Edna Herman. Sideboards. February 13th , 2018.
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.
Before you do commit to buying your sideboard; do check the space you want to fill. Measure the place you want to the sideboard to go, and then look for one. Sideboards come in a huge range of sizes from the petite to very large. So its crucial to check that what you like or want will fit into your room. A sideboard will work in a living room even as a TV stand. It will be equally at home in the kitchen where we often need more storage space. Good quality Sideboards will last you for many years, and may even become a family heirloom, thereby keeping the history of the sideboard alive.
An oak sideboard can come in any number of model types or shapes. Usually they are long and are meant to be put against the wall as to not obstruct comings and goings. Sideboards are often used to hold items that are used often, or just decorations. Many have whole cabinets inside, while some simply feature a couple of drawers. What is most interesting about sideboards is that they can have long or short legs, cabinets or drawers, a mirror or tiered table top - there is no real limit on the varieties that there are available. Every manufacturer either focuses on more elaborate or simplistic types, so checking all of your resources is recommended.
Sideboards are usually long and slim, and use a minimal amount of floor space, making it easy to fit them in anywhere! The table tops are ideal for you to place your food before serving, or can act as your bar counter or buffet table when you have social engagements! It can also serve as a place to display your favorite photographs, or aesthetically place a few decorative vases and themed knick knacks. With the ample storage space underneath, a plethora of choices are made available for you to store your crockery and china in the cabinets; silverware and linen in the draws, or perhaps a few cookbooks in the shelves. You even place your wine in the wine racks. The options are endless!
One popular style that can be considered an antique, but can also suit modern tastes, is that of the mission oak sideboard. Mission furniture was mostly made with white oak that was stained with ammonia fumes, and this plus the craftsman designs yielded a product with sensible lines and an elegant look. These are dark without being too dark, and can potentially be used both for rooms that look more serious as well as ones which are more casual. This is one design where solid oak was the rule, though it may take a bit of searching to find mission sideboards for which this is still true.
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