To make the most of your time spent with loved ones in the dining room, you want to make sure it is both beautiful and functional. A sideboard is the best thing you can have in the dining room to store things.
But what should you do if you already own an antique dining room table, but you have your heart set on a sideboard that comes in a different shade of wood or a completely different design? Can the furniture be mixed and matched? Because we’ve done the research, we’re able to provide you with all the knowledge you need to design the ideal dining room.
The sideboard in your dining room does not have to match the table. To get a strong, eclectic design, you don’t have to try to match every item of your décor; instead, you may mix and match different styles and colors.
The correct sideboard for the dining room can make or break the look of a space, so if you’re not afraid to mix your furniture and defy convention, this article is for you.
What is a sideboard?
A buffet or sideboard is a low, long furniture that is often seen in a dining room and is used to store and show a variety of products. It is also called a buffet table. It may also be utilized as an additional serving surface. When used in the living room, foyer, or hallway as a piece of storage and show furniture, buffets or sideboards may be just as useful as a piece of furniture.
Repurpose a console table or long, low bureau into a buffet or sideboard in your dining area. It’s a great way to save space.
A buffet or sideboard is made to hold a lot of the dishes, cutlery, and linens you would normally use in a dining area for formal or special occasions. It can also be used as a place to put plates or trays of food. When it’s not being used to serve food, the top is generally used to show off lamps, candle holders, and artwork in a symmetrical arrangement.
How Big Does a Sideboard Need to Be?
A buffet’s size might be a bit tough to figure out. Although sideboards are often long and low, it’s important to make sure they’re the proper size for your dining area. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- The average depth (from front to back) of a buffet is between 20 and 22 inches. You need to have at least 24 inches of room between furniture for good circulation, so make sure that the sideboard isn’t too deep.
- The average length (from side to side) of a buffet is 60 inches. When it comes to dining tables, this is acceptable. But a 60-inch-long sideboard could be too big for a four-seater 48-inch-long table.
- A buffet should also be the right height so that food can be served from the top. Think about how tall your kitchen counter is, which is usually 36 inches. That’s a good height for a buffet in your dining area. Some, though, are between 34 and 38 inches tall. A sideboard looks right in a dining room if it is taller than the dining room table, which is usually between 28 and 30 inches tall.
5 tips for matching the buffet to the table:
Color: Since color is important, why not include a colorful buffet in your newly renovated dining room? Choose a solid color that goes with the rest of the room’s decor.
Accents: Do you think a typical combination of a buffet and a dining table is boring? Stop to think. Use lighting to add some interesting accents. A sideboard with built-in lights would give the room a modern look.
Creative look: A buffet isn’t only a place to store things; it may also be utilized as a showcase platform. A well-placed buffet usually takes up the second-longest part of the room, after the dining table. Use the table’s large surface area to show off your favorite works of art or some China ceramics.
Change your style: why don’t try something new and go for a sideboard or buffet that floats? Since the dining table probably takes up a lot of space, there’s no need to add another massive piece of furniture to the room. A floating buffet will be a great change in style, but it would still be a sideboard, which is what most people are used to.
Plenty of storage: A buffet shouldn’t be the biggest thing in the room. That belongs on the table where you eat. A buffet, on the other hand, should fulfill its function and enhance the aesthetic of the room. Choose something which is strong and has a lot of space to hide all your stuff.
Don’t worry about what goes with what if you already have or find things you love. Decorating is about how things go together, not how well they match. In fact, “matching” is old-fashioned and, to be honest, boring.