Sideboard. Thursday , November 02nd , 2017 - 13:43:34 PM
The design of eighteenth and nineteenth century houses usually did not include much space for storage. Because of that furniture makers were called upon to solve the problem of where to keep things when they were not being used everyday. The dining room generally had one of those solutions in the form of the oak sideboard. The sideboard of most northeastern homes was made of oak due to its plenteous supply throughout the woodlands from Maine to Pennsylvania.
Sideboards and dressers were extremely popular in the 1970s, but lost their appeal in later years. However, they have recently been making a come-back and are now seen as stylish, must-have pieces of furniture for the dining room. A dresser is a tall piece of furniture, which usually has a base which has cupboards or drawers, whilst the top section has shelves where you can display your crockery. A sideboard is a piece of furniture which has drawers, cupboards or compartments in which you can store your tableware, and has a flat surface like a table. However, you can also often buy a matching top unit to place on top of the sideboard, making it look like a dresser.
When not used for dining, the top of solid oak sideboards are ideal for the display of favourite ornaments or family photographs, or a vase of flowers. Choose the photograph frames wisely to either compliment the colour of the oak or else to contrast with it. The final item to look good on top of the solid oak sideboard in your dining room might be an elegant table lamp. Small sideboards in the hallway are usually called oak console tables. They look like a miniature sideboard and often have shelves, drawers and/or cupboards to hide away the detritus of everyday life like telephone directories, keys, gloves, pens and message pads. Fine furniture is not always used in a hall, but do remember that it is the first part of ones house that visitors see so it is important to make a good first impression.
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