In this post: If you’re looking to buy a French farmhouse buffet sideboard, you’ll love this shopping guide of affordable and pretty buffets & sideboards. ⇒
I just love the versatility of a buffet sideboard!
The unsung hero of the dining room, storing far less than the china cabinet, and serving a fraction of what you’d find on the dining table, a sideboard, in truth, can fill multiple purposes.
Offering additional storage wherever it’s used, along with a surface to display favorite objects, a buffet server is welcome in many places outside the dining room.
Where to Use a Buffet
The obvious first choice is within the dining room, next to the table, as a place to put extras to complement your meal. It might hold food platters, accompaniments or additional plates, or drinks and barware to access while entertaining.
But equally useful, a server in the entryway or hallway might hold refreshments for entering guests. This is also a lovely place for family photos and candles, or anything that one might find meaningful and inviting.
Becoming more and more prevalent, now that TVs are hung on walls, a sideboard beneath a television is a lovely way to decorate your living spaces. They are infinitely prettier than most TV stands, and offer the perfect amount of storage. Just drill a hole in the back if you need access for wires and you’re good to go.
How to Style a Sideboard
Of course, styling a sideboard will have a lot to do with where the piece is placed and how you are using it.
A classic layout of three sections, whether decorated symmetrically or not, often makes the most sense. Even in asymmetrical layouts, balance is important so treating the two ends as one entity, similar in height, works great when relating to a lower object in the center.
In the dining room, where the piece might be used in its most literal sense, tabletop items are most logical. A tray with glasses looks lovely at the center, as would a shallow bowl with fruit or potpourri.
In a hallway, a low floral arrangement flanked by sleek lamps, vases or candlesticks could be wonderful.
By contrast, in a living room under a TV, a simple display is more appropriate, such as 3 short stacks of art books or perhaps a decorative plate.
There are countless different styles of sideboards available today, from new and modern to traditional and antique, as well as everything in between.
What characterizes them and is generally common to all is that they are typically counter height, similar to a console table, and have cupboard doors with a shelf inside. Some have shallow drawers above the cabinets, while others have curved side doors or open shelves. They vary in length and might have two to four doors, or even more.
For our purposes here I’ve included styles that fit best within a French-inspired or farmhouse home, although an eclectic mix might work with more modern tastes, as well.
You might find what you like in the shopping guide below.
The items are in large part vintage-inspired, although most are brand new, and many include a painted finish. They range from casual to more formal and vary in size, shape and color.
Please note all were available at the time of publishing and I come back and update the post as often as possible. But please also understand that items do sell out, and vendors also change their links more often than I’d like. I’ll do my best to keep the post up to date, but rarely will it be perfect… 😉
Buffets & Sideboards Resource Guide
To get the look, click on the items below for direct links to the products. Where actual items were no longer available, I’ve provided similar options. If an item is out of stock but may be restocked, I left it on the list.
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