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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Add Elegance To Your Kitchen With The Arts Crafts Ebony Dining Buffet Hutch The Home Styles Arts Crafts Dining Buffet Hutch Ebony ...enables you to organize your... read more
Inspired by the fusion of British colonial and old world tropical design, the Bermuda Buffet and Hutch by Home Styles highlights m...ahogany solids and veneers in a deep, Espresso finish. Further inspiration can be found in the shutter style designed doors and the turned feet... read more
Home Styles Premium Large Buffet features a solid and engineered hardwood construction with a white finish with a stainless steel ...top. Features include two doors that open to a storage area with two adjustable shelves, three utility drawers for added storage, open center area that accommodates two adjustable shelves for display or removable wine cube can be used for wine storage and turned bun feet for a finished look. Hutch features glass doors with wood trim that open to two adjustable shelves, open center area with adjustable shelves for added storage and large crown molding on top of the hutch for a sophisticated look. read more
Hardwood solid and pine veneers Pine finish, metal hutch Reversible wine rack, drop-down center drawer 3 drawers, 2 shelves Dimens...ions: 56W x 19D x 90.5H inches Whats Included Buffet with Metal HutchDescription Seriously, could the Wakefield Buffet and Wire Hutch be any more charming? No, no it couldnt. The metal hutch has the friendly look of a garden gate, and the distressed pine finish buffet is shabby chic adorable. Storage is no problem with this looker - three doors, two shelves, a reversible wine rack, center drop-down drawer, and a partridge in a pear tree. OK, maybe not the last one, but you know what we mean. Not available for sale in, or delivery to, the state of California. About Hooker Furniture Corporation For 83 years, Hooker Furniture Corporation has produced high-quality, innovative home furnishings that seamlessly combine function and elegance. Today, Hooker is one of the nations premier manufacturers and importers of furniture and seeks to enrich the lives of customers with beautiful, trouble-free home furnishings. The Martinsville, Virginia, based company specializes in lifestyle driven furnishings like entertainment centers, home office furniture, accent tables, and chairs. Construction of Hooker Furniture Hooker Furniture chooses solid woods and select wood veneers over wood frames to construct their high-quality pieces. By using wood veneer, pieces can be given a decorative look that cant be achieved with the use of solid wood alone. The veneers add beautiful accents of color and design to the pieces, and are placed over engineered wood product for strength. All Hooker wood veneers are made from renewable resources and are located primarily on the flat surfaces of the furniture, such as the case tops and sides. Each Hooker furniture piece is finished using up to 30 different steps, including 13 steps of hand-sanding and accenting. Physical distressing is done by hand. Pieces receive two to three coats of solid lacquer to create extra depth and add durability to the finish. Each case frame is assembled using strong mortise-and-tenon joints, which are then reinforced by mechanical fasteners and glue. On most designs, end panels extend to the floor to add strength and stability. Panel-style furniture features strong panel and frame construction to help avoid warping. Your Hooker furniture features finished case interiors to eliminate unsightly raw wood and to help protect items you may store inside drawers or cabinets. Drawer parts are given a urethane or lacquer finish to create smooth action and durability. All drawers use dovetails, either English or French, for years of problem-free use. Drawer bottoms are constructed from plywood and attached to the plywood drawer sides via the use of hot glue and/or wood glue blocks. Most drawers are full width, depth, and height to provide the maximum amount of storage space. read more
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.
Pursue serenity at home...Create your own personal sanctuary, a special place where you can experience a comfort within. Features:... One adjustable shelf behind each door Hardwood Solids, Oak Veneers, Mirror Weight and Dimensions Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 38 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 105 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 20 Inches Overall Product Weight: 201 Pounds Specifications Distressed: YesBase Material: Manufactured wood, Wood Top Material: WoodMirror Included: Yes Cabinets Included: YesShelves Included: Yes Adjustable Interior Shelves: Yes read more
The Bassett Mirror Dunhill dining collection takes the clean, distinctive character of Shaker minimalism and contemporizes it with... geometric oak parquet panels and brushed nickel corner accents. 'Floating' glass tops provide more durable surfaces and further modernize the design. The side and arm chairs feature a 100% polyester seat cover and show the parquet oak veneer pattern on both sides of the backrest. The quality construction, bold transitional styling and amazing detail combine to make Dunhill one of Bassett Mirror's all time best selling collections. Features: Two doors with shelf storage One drawer Oak parquet panel motif on top and door front Brushed satin nickel hardware Solid hardwood construction Dunhill collection Weight and Dimensions Overall Depth - Front to Back: 21 inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 55 inches Overall Product Weight: 186 lbs Specifications Base Material: WoodCabinets Included: Yes Drawers Included: YesOpen Storage: Yes Solid Wood Construction: YesTop Material: Wood Wine Rack: YesWood Tone: Medium Wood read more
Beautiful illumination and fine detailing creates dining room furniture that is perfectly described in one word?romantic. This tra...ditional design is inspired by the court of Louis XV, where grand curves, shell carvings, and lively roped moldings prevailed. Sensuous antiqued mirror surfaces and soft silver tipping reflect natural daylight or when lights are lit in the room.Made of birch with silvery-tipped licorice finish and antiqued-mirror detailing.Table comes with two 18" leaves. 112"L x 46"D x 30"T; 25.24" from apron to floor. Boxed weight, approximately 265 lbs.Side chair has silver polyester upholstery. 21"W x 24"D x 44"T; seat, 19"T. Boxed weight, approximately 54 lbs.Armchair has silver polyester upholstery. 27"W x 24"D x 44"T; seat, 19"T; arms, 24"T. Boxed weight, approximately 61 lbs.China cabinet has two doors, three drawers with felt silverware tray in top drawer, and 11 shelves. Built-in light uses three bulbs; three-way touch dimmer switch activated at top right door hinge. 70"W x 20"D x 89"T. Boxed weight, approximately 549 lbs.Sideboard has four doors with three tray drawers behind center door and two adjustable shelves behind each end door. 72"W x 20"D x 38"T. Boxed weight, approximately 322 lbs.Imported.Please note that these items may require additional delivery and processing charges. read more
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The Outdoor Buffet Table from Summer Classics® features a hand-welded aluminum frame, N-dura? resin panels and high-density nylon ...drawer glides with weather-resistant aluminum hardware. The perfect accompaniment to your outdoor entertaining area. Three drawers with high density nylon drawer glides Three hinged doors that open for storage Durable hand-welded aluminum frame Aluminum powder coated top N-dura? resins provide superior UV resistance and formulated for a realistic look and feel Finished in Ancient Earth, Pecan and Weathered read more
: Fixed Shelves, StorageFrame Material: Wood Composite, HardwoodWood Finish: WalnutNumber of Shelves: 1 Number of Doors: 2Maximum ...Shelf Weight Capacity: 75.0 Lb.Care and Cleaning: Wipe Clean With a Damp ClothDimensions: 29.0 " H x 19.0 " W x 47.75 " D Weight: 87.0 Lb.see shipping and returnsguest rating overall3.5 of 5 stars Style4.5 of 5 stars Value3.5 of 5 stars Quality3 of 5 stars see guest reviews read more
Durable solid wood construction Dark cherry or oak finishes Easy to assemble, and includes all required tools Matches the Bayberry... dining sets Inside storage and lower shelf for additional organization Dimensions: 42.25W x 15.25D x 37H inches Whats Included ConsoleWhats Not Included DecorationsDescription If youre the type who doesnt settle for same old, youll enjoy the interest and functionality of the Bayberry Console Table. Crafted of solid wood and available with a dark cherry or oak finish, this table offers inside storage, intricate detailing on the doors, and is easy to assemble. Perfect for storing dining items, books, and whatnot, this table also features a lower shelf for a nice additional display or storage area. It coordinates with all the Bayberry dining items. Dimensions: 42.25W x 15.25D x 37H inches. About Hillsdale Furniture Located in Louisville, Ky., Hillsdale Furniture is a leader in top-quality, affordable bedroom furniture. Since 1994, Hillsdale has combined the talents of nationally recognized designers and globally accredited factories to bring you furniture styling and design from around the globe. Hillsdale combines the best in finishes, materials, and designs to bring both beauty and value with every piece. The combination of top-quality metal, wood, stone, and leather has given Hillsdale the reputation for leading-edge styling and concepts. read more
Durable wooden construction in a black finish Contemporary, modern finish 1 shelf and 3 drawers Some assembly required Dimensions:... 46L x 18D x 36H inches Description The Morton Contemporary Sideboard - Black is on your side when it comes to kitchen convenience, media center needs, or entry way decor. This durable wooden sideboard features a modern, contemporary design that blends well with any homes existing décor. With its one shelf and silverware drawer, this sideboard offers great storage, and the spacious top surface offers excellent work space. Dimensions Top Surface: 46L x 18D inches Overall height: 36H inches Drawer Interior Dimensions: 12.5W x 8D inches Clearance - bottom shelf: 44W x 16D x 13.25H inches Clearance to floor from bottom shelf: 8H inches read more
Durable wooden construction in an espresso finish Contemporary, modern finish 1 shelf and 3 drawers Some assembly required Dimensi...ons: 46L x 18D x 36H inches Description The Palazzo Contemporary Sideboard - Espresso is great for adding some more storage in your kitchen, as a stylish media center, or as a decorative piece for your entryway. This durable wooden sideboard features a modern, contemporary design that blends well with any homes existing décor. With its one shelf and silverware drawer, this sideboard offers great storage, and the spacious top surface offers excellent work space. A bold espresso finish completes this excellent piece. Dimensions Top Surface: 46L x 18D inches Overall height: 36H inches Drawer Interior Dimensions: 12.5W x 8D inches Clearance - bottom shelf: 44W x 16D x 13.25H inches Clearance to floor from bottom shelf: 8H inches read more
Made of solid wood Classic black finish Subtle front edging and shapes add interest Eclectic yet classic style 3-drawer design wit...h metal handles Dimensions: 52W x 18D x 38H inches Description The Biglot Console Buffet Table has traditional, elegant appeal. Inspired by classic aesthetic, this console buffet is the perfect accent to any dining room. This unconventional style features a fine black finish, is made of solid wood and has eye-catching edging and shapes adorning the front. The buffet has three drawers with metal handles. The attractive design of the buffet is traditionally appealing and the detail is timeless and unique. Dimensions: 52W x 18D x 38H inches. read more
Gorgeous French country style Crafted from hardwood solids with cherry veneers European 2-toned finish in Vineyard with hand-paint...ed details 3 buffet doors with wine rack and adjustable shelves 2 wood-framed hutch doors with mullions and restoration glass Hutch has 2 adjustable shelves and canister light Dimensions: 54.25W x 19D x 36H in. Whats Included (1) Buffet, (1) HutchWhats Not Included Decorative and display itemsDescription Do you crave the beauty of the French countryside but suffer from the economic blues? Then bring the provincial France to your home with our Vineyard 54-Inch Buffet With Hutch. Crafted from hardwood solids with cherry veneers, this lovely, traditional-style unit has a luscious cherry finish with our two-toned Vineyard finish in tones of bone and bronze with hand-painted details. The buffet features three drawers and three cabinets for great storage. The left and center cabinets each have an adjustable shelf for storage, and the right cabinet has three wine racks inside. The hutch has two wood-framed doors with mullions and restoration glass. Inside the cabinet, two adjustable glass shelves allow you to store your precious china or display favorite items. This stunning unit is the perfect way to add European flair to your decor. Dimensions: 54.25W x 19D x 36H inches. Not available for sale in, or delivery to, the state of California. About Hooker Furniture Corporation For 83 years, Hooker Furniture Corporation has produced high-quality, innovative home furnishings that seamlessly combine function and elegance. Today, Hooker is one of the nations premier manufacturers and importers of furniture and seeks to enrich the lives of customers with beautiful, trouble-free home furnishings. Based in Martinsville, Va., the company specializes in lifestyle-driven furnishings like entertainment centers, home office furniture, accent tables, and chairs. read more
Dressed in beveled, antiqued-mirror veneers, this reflective console showcases your home and opens the space as it adds functional...ity with multiple storage options.Made of hardwoods and mirrored veneers.Finished in silver leaf with golden antiqued-glaze highlights.Three drawers and four doors.70"W x 20"D x 38"T.Imported.Boxed weight, approximately 330 lbs. Please note that this item may require additional delivery and processing charges. read more
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Open black metal design frames teak veneer, its grain heightened and lightened by a subtle limed finish. Flanking glass doors with... long pulls open to an adjustable shelf, keeping serving pieces, dinnerware, TV or media components on view and away from dust. Open center features a generous storage drawer for DVDs, remotes or table linens, crafted from a single slice of wood to highlight the full-grain pattern. Cord cutouts are cleverly hidden behind drawer.Warner 59" Media Console-Sideboard. 59"Wx18"Dx28"H Teak veneer and low-emission engineered wood Limed finish with clear topcoat Metal frame with black finish Tempered glass doors Two adjustable shelves Cord management cutouts Adjustable leg levelers included Made in Indonesia Overall DimensionsWidth: 59" Depth: 18" Height: 28" Center OpeningWidth: 23.63" Depth: 15.86" Height: 8.12" Side CompartmentsWidth: 15.81" Depth: 15.86" read more