Gaetane. Sideboard. November 02nd , 2017.
Minimalistic style that used to be popular only until recently is ideal for smaller dining rooms because it helps save space, creates an illusion of larger space than it really is and is easily combined with modern furniture. However, many home owners have also discovered that it can be very impractical and sort of cold. This may not be as noticeable in small-sized dining rooms which have little space for anything other than a table and a few chairs but it is obvious in generous-sized rooms as it can create an appearance of emptiness and make the room look kind of incomplete.
An oak sideboard used in the study or home office will need to double up as a desk and will then be used to contain and hide office supplies like pens, reams of paper for the printer, small desk items like staplers and hole punches and of course a calculator. The top could even have a printer or in-tray adorning it. When selecting your sideboard, you need to think about how much storage space you are going to need. They come with various combinations of drawers, cupboards and open shelving. Some even have concealed lighting inside them, especially if they have glass doors, but these will need to have a nearby power point. A well-made piece may have dovetailed joints and solid oak drawer bottoms and cupboard backs. Solid oak furniture is an investment for your family and will bring pleasure, and admiring glances, for years to come.
It was round about the 1770s that Sideboards first started appearing in Britain. The earliest type was called slab tables. These early Sideboards often had marble tops as they were used not only to serve food and drink, but also prepare and cut food. The slab tables were no more than a top with legs and there was no storage on them. In 1788, the famous cabinetmaker Hepplewhite showed a sideboard in his illustrated style guide. Hepplewhites piece had moved away from the slab table as it had the addition of storage space.
The Hepplewhite sideboard would have been used to store silver ware, dinnerware and other dining accoutrements. Modern Sideboards can be used in exactly the same way as the grand Hepplewhite and Chippendale (he also got in on the act) pieces. In the years from 1770, no dining room would have been considered complete without Sideboards. We may not have the grand dining style of the Hepplewhite and Chippendale era, but there is absolutely no reason why we shouldnt have one in modern homes today.
Sideboards are not only beautiful, but they are extremely functional as well. Sideboards are great for storing just about anything. The other great thing about a sideboard is its versatility. A sideboard can literally be placed in every room in the house, even the bathroom. They are also great piece to place in the hallway. Antique sideboard furniture can be as simple as a small table, or as intricate as a painted masterpiece. This makes the sideboard easy to place in your home. Whether you are displaying a statue or simply holding family picture frames in the hallway, the sideboard gives the area it is placed in a special glow.
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