Whether you have inherited an old sideboard (and this wouldn’t be that surprising given how popular they once were) or have decided to get a new one, you might be wondering exactly what they are for. These long pieces of furniture that cling to the walls of a room can be used in countless ways and have a really positive design and practical effect on the house.
Traditionally, a sideboard was used in the dining room to store the crockery. Often it was the case that the everyday crockery was kept in the kitchen and only the good, ‘for use on special occasions’ stuff was kept in the sideboard, out of harm’s way.
These days the idea of having a ‘best crockery’ set is a little outdated. Which means that a lot of storage space has been freed up in the sideboard. The top surface is ideal for displaying ornaments or photographs. This long, flat surface provides a great focal point for centrepiece ornaments and the like. Or, if you’re looking for a more minimalist living space, keep the area clear.
The surface area also doubles up as both a buffet bar area and workspace. Often understated, the sideboard should fit into the room without getting in the way. It can be used for a multitude of other purposes, switching easily between them and offering great versatility.
The bottom storage section is perfect for toys if you have little ones. We know they love to get the toys out and play, so having a really convenient place to pack them away again quickly is very handy. If only you could get the little ones to do this without a fuss.
Sideboards are most often associated with the 50s and 60s (which explains why every grandma had one). However, don’t be fooled into thinking this was the only period they have been useful. The sideboard dates back to the 18th century and was considered an essential piece of furniture in French and French-style homes of the day. While it is true that its popularity has fluctuated since then, it is very definitely on the upwards curve again.
This is a guest post from Sainsbury’s. Just have a look at the wide range of sideboards available at Sainsbury’s and you’ll see for yourself.