Opal Sanford. Sideboards. February 12th , 2018.
But why specifically an oak sideboard? As stated above, oak is a notoriously durable type of wood. Not only that, but it is nowhere near as expensive as something like cherry would be, making it the perfect choice for someone looking for a long-lasting piece of furniture at a reasonable cost. It is possible to find them at either furniture-dedicated stores or in some large general department stores. The higher quality products will naturally be found at the furniture stores, while more affordable and simplistic styles will be located at department stores. It is also possible to find them online.
Oak sideboards also come in such a variety of sizes and styles that you are sure to find something to suit your room and the dimensions of the space you have. There is such a variety of styles from the ultra modern and boxy to the more ornate and specialist, so something will catch your eye when you start looking. What you will find in many peoples homes is they dont just limit the sideboard to the dining space, I have seen them used for storage under stairs and in lounges. Sideboards are very versatile pieces of furniture because of the range of styles they come in. Some of the more rustic styles of Oak sideboards are very popular because of the look they have and the storage space they offer.
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
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.
The Hepplewhite sideboard would have been used to store silver ware, dinnerware and other dining accoutrements. Modern Sideboards can be used in exactly the same way as the grand Hepplewhite and Chippendale (he also got in on the act) pieces. In the years from 1770, no dining room would have been considered complete without Sideboards. We may not have the grand dining style of the Hepplewhite and Chippendale era, but there is absolutely no reason why we shouldnt have one in modern homes today. We have all seen some period dramas where a group of people are sitting in a grand dining room at a heavily laden table being served food from the sideboard. Whilst we may not have the servants or the grand dining rooms of yesteryears, we do still dine and need storage space for our cutlery and china.
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