The sideboard is an elegant cabinet resting on short legs, used for both storage and entertainment. Sideboards, introduced and popularized in the late 18th century, were originally referred to as “boards.” Historically, they were plain, long planks of wood that sat on trestles and were pulled apart to make room after finishing a meal. Common in French and English homes, they were placed in the back of the dining room as a spot for food and dishes. This is where phrases and terms such as “room & board,” “chairman of the board” and “cupboard” come from. Eventually sideboards transformed into ornate pieces of decorative furniture designed to reflect wealth and status.
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1. Livingston buffet, $1,699, PotteryBarn.com
While the main purpose of the sideboard was to hold food after service, people also began to use it as a place to store their silver and other valuables. Sometimes shelves and mirrors were even added so the silver could be on display at all times, with the mirror helping to highlight the display.
2. Rosson sideboard, $761, birchlane.com
3. Magnolia Home Elyse Sideboard, $998, livingspaces.com
Sideboards come in various sizes and styles, so whether you’re looking for a traditional cottage look or a contemporary twist, there’s something for everyone. Rather than using up space in your kitchen cupboards, use a sideboard to provide precious extra space to safely store fancier serving pieces reserved for the occasional family gathering or holiday party.
4. Eau Claire 6-door accent cabinet, $582, birchlane.com
5. French farmhouse solid wood sideboard, $1740, zinhome.com
7. Emma 3-Door Console, $899, Ballard Designs
Want more sideboard inspiration for your home? Check out this post on Our 12 Favorite Sideboards.