Buffets, Servers, & Sideboards Buying Guide

These three names refer to the same piece of furniture: a tremendous helpmate that provides storage and surplus table surface in a dining area. Formal dinners were once an everyday event, and a buffet was considered so indispensable it was usually built into a home’s architecture. A buffet continues to be no less handy, but you likely don’t have one already set into the wall. Here’s how to choose the right piece.

Types of Buffets, Servers & Sideboards

Types of Buffets, Servers & Sideboards

Buffets, servers, and sideboards come in several style categories. You need to decide whether you prefer a modern look or a classic piece. However, the buffet should complement or match your dining table and chairs. In other words, if you have a Craftsman-style table, don’t get a black lacquered buffet. Beyond style, a buffet is all about storage. Here are the features that distinguish one from another:

Cupboards Only

A basic buffet, server, or sideboard features a table surface at waist height (typically 36 to 42 inches high) with one or more cupboards below it. The cupboards contain shelves behind sliding or swing-out doors. Sometimes companies reserve the term sideboard for extra-wide pieces with several side-by-side cupboards, but the term is fairly flexible.

Cupboards and Drawers

Some buffets, servers, and sideboards combine cupboard space and drawers. The composition might be one long drawer, side-by-side drawers, or a stack of smaller ones. Drawers can be handy for corralling utensils, salt and pepper shakers, or place mats.

Cupboards and Specialty Storage

An increasingly common feature in buffets is an open wine-bottle rack. Some buffets also include bar storage or stereo component storage inside the cupboards.

Buffets with Hutches

A hutch, a separate tall cabinet, secures to the top of a buffet and turns the entire piece into a wall unit similar to a china cabinet. Typically, the hutch contains cabinets with glass doors. An open space below the cabinets allows you to continue to use the buffet’s table surface.

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$2488.88

Elegant beauty emanates from this beautiful, large buffet and hutch. Designed to protect and display fine china or decorations, th...e glass cabinets provides multiple shelves to exhibit them all. Grand carvings run along the base to the lion claw feet and up the sides to the flowing design spanning the hutch’s top. An ornate trim frames the antique-style drawer pulls to enhance the sophisticated appearance of this refined formal piece. Product frame is constructed from solid wood and wood veneers. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Assembly required. Product made in China. Once assembled, product measures 91 inches high by 75 inches wide by 19.75 inches deep; 30-days hassle-free replacement parts warranty. Pictures are for illustration purposes. All décor items are not included in this offer. read more

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Keep your elegant fine China beautifully displayed behind the elegant glass doors of the Evelina traditional style hutch buffet. G...lass panel shelves and a mirror back wall stores and displays all your most precious pieces for all to See! with graceful carved wooden detail throughout and antique metal handles this traditional style hutch and buffet set provides ample storage and display space for all your hosting needs. Product frame is constructed from solid wood and wood veneers. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Assembly required. Product made in China. Once assembled, measures 75 inches wide by 19.75 inches depth by 91 inches high; 30-days hassle-free replacement parts warranty. Pictures are for illustration purposes. All décor items are not included in this offer. read more

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$2781.49

Keep your valuables neatly tucked away while beautifully on display with the Mylah Traditional Style Hutch Buffet. Roof top lighti...ng puts a spot light on your treasures while tall window panels safely keep your items guarded. With intricate carved wooden detailing throughout, store stemware and drink ware in the bottom drawer and cabinet portion of this hutch for easy access when hosting dinner gatherings. Vintage White Product frame is constructed from solid wood and wood veneers. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Assembly required. Product made in China. Once assembled, Hutch Buffet measures 70.5 inches wide by 21.5 inches depth by 89.75 inches high; 30-days hassle-free replacement parts warranty. Pictures are for illustration purposes. All décor items are not included in this offer. read more

Home Styles
$503.99 $453.59

Add a modern elegant look to your home with this beautiful black buffet. Featuring a built in wine rack, doors, and drawers, this ...simple, yet sophisticated hutch buffet has plenty of room for storage and display. The adjustable shelf allows you to... read more

Buffets with Mirrors

An early style of buffet included a short back that rose up from the table surface and contained a mirror. The mirror reflected the pretty dishes set on the buffet surface. Some companies honor this classic style and continue to make it today.

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Tema Home
$966.77

Slide channels the simplicity of a minimalist design in its sideboard and TV table versions. Both pieces incorporate plenty of roo...m to store objects that can be hidden away or displayed. There are three different finishes, always combined with the pure white color, that bring a desirable lightness to a modern space. read more

INK+IVY
$989.99 $791.99

Add style and storage to your home with this Ink+ivy Crackle buffet table, featuring contemporary cutout details. 2 sliding doors ...Adjustable interior shelves 56H x 19W x 32D Weight: 125.66 lbs. Metal, MDF Assembly requiredSpot clean Model no. IIF20-0147 Size: One Size. Color: Natural. Gender: Unisex. read more

HOMES: Inside + Out
$2488.88

Elegant beauty emanates from this beautiful, large buffet and hutch. Designed to protect and display fine china or decorations, th...e glass cabinets provides multiple shelves to exhibit them all. Grand carvings run along the base to the lion claw feet and up the sides to the flowing design spanning the hutch’s top. An ornate trim frames the antique-style drawer pulls to enhance the sophisticated appearance of this refined formal piece. Product frame is constructed from solid wood and wood veneers. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Assembly required. Product made in China. Once assembled, product measures 91 inches high by 75 inches wide by 19.75 inches deep; 30-days hassle-free replacement parts warranty. Pictures are for illustration purposes. All décor items are not included in this offer. read more

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$2536.66

Keep your elegant fine China beautifully displayed behind the elegant glass doors of the Evelina traditional style hutch buffet. G...lass panel shelves and a mirror back wall stores and displays all your most precious pieces for all to See! with graceful carved wooden detail throughout and antique metal handles this traditional style hutch and buffet set provides ample storage and display space for all your hosting needs. Product frame is constructed from solid wood and wood veneers. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Assembly required. Product made in China. Once assembled, measures 75 inches wide by 19.75 inches depth by 91 inches high; 30-days hassle-free replacement parts warranty. Pictures are for illustration purposes. All décor items are not included in this offer. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Purchasing a buffet, server, or sideboard for your home is not frivolous short-term choice. Most people buy dining room furniture once in their lifetimes. Our grandmothers invested so wisely, many of us still use their sets. If you want a piece to go the distance for you or to serve future generations, buy the best quality piece you can afford. Choose a classic style rather than a buffet reflective of today’s fancies.

Flexibility

The key to a good storage piece is flexibility. Not only should it allow you to organize items of various shapes and sizes now, it should continue to serve you as items change over time. The cupboards should contain adjustable shelves. Drawer compartments should also be adjustable or removable. If you choose a buffet with a wine rack, can it be converted later if your tastes change?

Size

Dining rooms can be tight on space once you install a table and chairs, and then add guests. Pick an extra piece that suits the dimensions of your room, but that also stores your items. Footed buffets float above the floor. This nice design element allows you to clean underneath the buffet, but it cuts down on interior storage space. Measure the interior cabinet space and the shelf depth, and compare the measurements to the space needed for your platters, pitchers, or stacks of plates.

Door styles

If the cupboard doors swing open, they need space to do so. If your dining room is tight, you may want a piece with doors that slide open and closed on tracks.

Hutches

If you choose to add a hutch to your buffet, be sure the attachment mechanism is strong and sturdy. As with any tall furniture piece, you may want to anchor the hutch to the wall as well. This will prevent the hutch from tipping forward from the weight of your dishes.

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