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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 homeís architecture. A buffet continues to be no less handy, but you likely donít have one already set into the wall. Hereís 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, donít 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 buffetís table surface.

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Alpine Furniture
$1,509.00 $1,738.80
at Hayneedle.com

Stunning contemporary buffet and hutch set is the perfect place to showcase your fine china or treasured collectibles. Base stores... table linens, candles, silverware, and more, and the mirrorback hutch is a lovely display cabinet. Rich dark walnut finish will complement any decor.Made with select solids and veneer to withstand years of durable use Vertical ribbed design add depth to the piece Five drawers and side compartments provide ample space for utensils, condiments, and other kitchen and dining necessities Tapered feet magnifies the buffet table's beautiful layout Hutch with sturdy shelves accommodate plates, goblets, and kitchen decor Glass doors for a better viewing of hutch contentsCollection: Saratoga Country of Origin: China Cubic Feet: 66.83 Finish: Dark Walnut Height: 821 2 Length: 56 Material: Select Solids and Veneer Room Setting: Dining Room Style: Contemporary Weight: 414 lbs Width: 20 read more

Sears Marketplace

The Melodie buffet with hutch features 7 spacious drawers with felt lining in the top drawers and a spacious two door cabinet. Acc...ented by intricate hand carvings the hutch offers 2 tempered glass shelves. read more

Overstock.com

Cast away to an island retreat without leaving the comfort of your kitchen or dining room with the Castaway Collection. Hand-woven... banana leaves and mahogany solids are natural components that create charm and beauty of this island inspired design. read more

Home Styles
$319.99 $399.99
at Target

Find buffets, servers, carts and bakers racks at Target.com! This hutch-style buffet is an ideal solution for organizing your dinn...erware and cutlery. It also has a wine rack that can hold 9 bottles. This wood buffet table has 3 drawers, 2 cabinet doors... 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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Tommy Bahama
$3,431.00
at Luxe Decor

The signature African crocodile door pull a custom designed jewelry-grade casting symbolically completes a circle at the center of... each door. Burnished Maple and dark Cherry inlay top with a quartered Rosewood boarder compliments the sophisticated detailing while woven raffia door panels adorned with two sizes of nailhead trim bring about an element of casual elegance. Also features three felt lined drawers with the center divided for silver. An intriguing collection whose elegant style exquisite detail and eclectic blend of materials draw inspiration from the worlds most coveted retreats Landara celebrates the lifestyle of refined destination living. The collections inspiration is not bound by geography but defined by the influence of destination living on lifestyle and attitude ? from Martinique to the Maldives. Designs in Landara blend classic British Campaign and Colonial styling with indigenous influences from the West Indies the Pacific Rim and African Safari. Crafted from Burnished Maple and Quartered Rosewood pieces are accented with woven rattan panels graceful shaped rattan leather carved bamboo crushed bamboo raffia burnished brass ferrules and corner brackets and aged brass nailhead trim. Upholstered seating in the collection is plush and comfortable with distinctive styling and four richly layered color palettes that speak to the theme of destination travel. The Tommy Bahama Furniture brand is legendary for its sophisticated interpretation of inspired island living. We believe that experiencing the casual comfort of the islands should be as easy as walking through your own front door. The Tommy Bahama Home furniture collection of distinctive furnishings evokes a sense of romance and intrigue through the fusion of eclectic design exotic natural materials and rich finishes. We invite you make life one long weekend and capture the essence of resort living with the cool and casual style of Tommy Bahama. Tommy Bahama by Lexington Home Brands is a global manufacturer and marketer of distinctive home furnishings and an industry leader in innovative design and lifestyle marketing. Our award-winning product line of wood and upholstered furniture encompasses a wide range of designs and styles with recognized brands like Lexington Tommy Bahama Sligh Residential products are distributed through independent retailers interior designers design firms and to-the-trade showrooms. We also produce contract and custom contract furnishings for hospitality and commercial use. Tommy Bahama by Lexington Home Brands is headquartered in High Point NC with showroom facilities in High Point and Las Vegas. Founded in 1903 Lexington Home Brands is one of the most respected companies in the industry having built a reputation for design leadership and exceptional value. The company is privately-held by Sun Capital Partners Inc. based in Boca Raton FL. For more information connect with Sun Capital Partners on LinkedIn. Your lifestyle and aspirations for your home are uniquely personal. Tommy Bahama by Lexington Home Brands passion lies in assisting you in creating an environment that brings that vision to life with exceptional styling for every room and lifestyle. Whether your taste runs contemporary or traditional casual or formal Lexington Home Brands have designs that will inspire you. read more

Currey & Company
$1,740.00
at Luxe Decor

This clean but traditional small cabinet can accompany the matching Ellis Buffet but also does well on its own. It has a natural w...ood and black Patina finish with antique mirror on the two cabinet doors. One fixed shelf inside. Detailed trim and feet accent the form nicely. Crafted from wood slight variations in tone and texture are common. All surfaces are protected by natural wax coating. Wipe spills immediately with soft dry cloth. Always use coasters or mats. Never place cups glasses or anything hot directly on the surface. This could cause discoloration. Avoid positioning your furniture near a source of direct heat. Wood is 'living' and changes in temperature can result in cracking. We recommend placing the piece a minimum of three feet from any heat source. For everyday care dust with a clean dry cloth. Currey & Company is a manufacturer of distinctive home furnishings products. They are best known for our lighting products chandeliers wall sconces table and floor lamps as well as interior furniture garden furniture and accessories. All Currey & Company's lighting products are designed and engineered to meet the rigid safety standards established by UNDERWRITER'S LABORATORY and bear the UL/CUI label (E141302 or E163523). This UL/CLUI safety certification is valid in the United States and Canada. Currey & Company lighting products can also be manufactured to meet lighting standards around the world including the European Union Middle East and Asia. Currey & Company??s ??vision?x9D is to create and fulfill the desire for distinctive home furnishings. Currey & Company known today for its vibrant collection of lighting products started its existence in 1988 as a purveyor of historic garden furnishings. When Robert B. Currey founded Garden Source Furnishings the main focus of the company was the creation and marketing of classic garden furniture from the Winterthur Museum and the Smithsonian Institution. These collections were joined by a very American collection of garden whimsies birdhouses and rustic twig furniture. Some lighting products were among these first offerings and by the early 1990??s the lighting category had become very important. Accordingly the name of the company was changed to Currey & Company to embrace a new focus on products for the interior. Chandeliers and wall sconces today form a significant part of the company??s business and these goods are characterized by the attention and detailing that goes into their manufacturing and finishing. With a workforce in Atlanta and Currey International in the Philippines Currey & Company brings to the marketplace merchandise that not only speaks of the touch of the human hand but also utilizes a myriad of natural materials. Hand forged iron products have long been the specialty of the company but the range of materials has been extended to include a variety of materials such as hand-carved wood porcelain and brass. ??Currey International?x9D has made it possible for the company to develop and produce a variety of unique hand made products and materials. One of these is concrete hand formed to create fashionable furnishings of ??faux bois.?x9D Seashells and other natural materials also figure strongly in the Currey & Company product line. Specifications Finish: Natural Wood Black Patina Material: Wood/Mirror. read more

Currey & Company
$2,490.00
at Luxe Decor

Crafted from slight variations in tone and texture are common. The finish is Natural wood with a slight patina. The doors have ant...ique mirror fronts and there is one stationary shelf in behind the doors. Avoid positioning your furniture near a source of direct heat. Wood is 'living' and changes in temperature can result in cracking. We recommend placing the piece a minimum of three feet from any heat source. For everyday care dust with a clean dry cloth. Currey & Company is a manufacturer of distinctive home furnishings products. They are best known for our lighting products chandeliers wall sconces table and floor lamps as well as interior furniture garden furniture and accessories. All Currey & Company's lighting products are designed and engineered to meet the rigid safety standards established by UNDERWRITER'S LABORATORY and bear the UL/CUI label (E141302 or E163523). This UL/CLUI safety certification is valid in the United States and Canada. Currey & Company lighting products can also be manufactured to meet lighting standards around the world including the European Union Middle East and Asia. Currey & Company??s ??vision?x9D is to create and fulfill the desire for distinctive home furnishings. Currey & Company known today for its vibrant collection of lighting products started its existence in 1988 as a purveyor of historic garden furnishings. When Robert B. Currey founded Garden Source Furnishings the main focus of the company was the creation and marketing of classic garden furniture from the Winterthur Museum and the Smithsonian Institution. These collections were joined by a very American collection of garden whimsies birdhouses and rustic twig furniture. Some lighting products were among these first offerings and by the early 1990??s the lighting category had become very important. Accordingly the name of the company was changed to Currey & Company to embrace a new focus on products for the interior. Chandeliers and wall sconces today form a significant part of the company??s business and these goods are characterized by the attention and detailing that goes into their manufacturing and finishing. With a workforce in Atlanta and Currey International in the Philippines Currey & Company brings to the marketplace merchandise that not only speaks of the touch of the human hand but also utilizes a myriad of natural materials. Hand forged iron products have long been the specialty of the company but the range of materials has been extended to include a variety of materials such as hand-carved wood porcelain and brass. ??Currey International?x9D has made it possible for the company to develop and produce a variety of unique hand made products and materials. One of these is concrete hand formed to create fashionable furnishings of ??faux bois.?x9D Seashells and other natural materials also figure strongly in the Currey & Company product line. Specifications Finish: Natural Wood/ Black Patina/Antique Mirror Material: Wood/ Mirror. read more

Casana
$1,319.00
at Luxe Decor

The storage-rich Brooke Buffet features a granite top and felt-lined silverware drawer. The Brooke Hutch features glass cabinets w...ith LED accent lights glass shelves and wine bottle storage. This luxurious bedroom recalls French moderne; a 1920s style that blended streamlined shapes with sleek materials. The look was coined 'Art Deco' in America and nearly a century later it still inspires luxurious modern furniture. Fashioned with clear-grain mahogany a coffee finish and buckle-clasp hardware this sleekly contoured collection offers an updated interpretation of this elegantly modern style.From bedrooms to dining collections to occasional items their furniture reflects timeless and classic design married with a modern way of thinking. Casana Furniture are innovators and the designers are constantly exploring new shapes finishes and construction methods in order to offer their customers something different. Something better. Even still they never lose sight of function. What use is something beautiful if it doesn??t work? Suretheir products are beautiful but they also provide exceptional features that you??ll wonder how you ever lived without. Let??s not forget construction and quality. They have traveled (literally) around the world to build relationships with factories in Vietnam and Indonesia that share their attention to detail and understand the need for the highest level of quality. The investment they hav made in fostering these relationships can be seen and felt in every piece of furniture we make. Live modern. Think modern. Think Casana. Features include Deep coffee wood finish. Satin nickel hardware finish. Rubber wood solids and Okume veneer over engineered wood. An inset granite top adds a timeless elegance. Beveled edges and an elegant bracket foot complement the buffet's contoured lines. Three storage drawers include one felt-lined silverware drawer. Adjustable shelf behind the door. Premium metal ball-bearing side drawer glides ensure smooth drawer movement. A safety stop is integrated into the mechanism. Full-extension drawer glides let you easily access items at the back of the drawer. Each drawer is built to maximize interior storage capacity including optimal depth and full-height drawer sides. Drawer joins are reinforced with English and French dovetailing and corner blocks under the drawer shelf. Buckle-clasp inspired hardware in a satin nickel finish complement the dark wood. Fully finished drawer interiors are painted a deep coffee finish to match the exterior.. 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 todayís 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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Safavieh
$229.99 $299.99
at Target

Find standalone tables at Target.com! Branson's rustic styling in fir wood with grey finish adds a fresh breath of country living ...to your interiors. Just under 32 inches wide and a slim 15 inches deep, branson, with its two top drawers, middle shelf... read more

Console Table: Safavieh Cayo Sideboard - Grey
Home Styles
$319.99 $399.99
at Target

Find buffets, servers, carts and bakers racks at Target.com! This hutch-style buffet is an ideal solution for organizing your dinn...erware and cutlery. It also has a wine rack that can hold 9 bottles. This wood buffet table has 3 drawers, 2 cabinet doors... read more

Buffet: Home Styles Hutch-Style Buffet - Black/Oak
Blue Star
$138.00 $221.99
at Sears

Here is the table that offers you three serving choices in one great looking piece. The versatile BRIGHTON TABLE with its removabl...e tray is also adjustable to buffet or coffee table height. Ideal for condo or apartment dwellers as well as campers, boaters and picnickers, it conveniently folds away for easy storage when not in use. Crafted from select kiln-dried Nyatoh hardwood and built to enjoy for many years. It stands 40" L x 24" W x 29" H and lowers to a 17 H coffee table. No assembly. read more

Blue Star TERRACE MATES BRIGHTON BUFFET - Coffee Table / Adjustable
AmTab
$487.99 $780.00
at BizChair.com

Mobile Folding Buffet Table 3/4 Thick premium grade plywood core Vinyl T-molding edge 14 Gauge x 11/4 Round tubular steel folding ...legs Removable bottom storage shelf 4 Diameter x 13/8 wide heavy duty non marking load bearing locking casters Green Certified 15 Year limited manufacturer's warranty Made in the USA read more

Amtab Mobile Folding Buffet Table, BT306P
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