The earliest Sideboard, or Buffet, was apparently made as a specific piece of furniture in the 18th Century and is traditiionally used in the dining room to store items relating to the serving of meals. Usually large items, they come in many different designs, styles and materials.
With the trend in more open plan living, you would think they might not be a popular piece of furniture in modern homes, but their practical uses and size actually work well with current day living, as they are used to support the TV and even records players which, like the sideboard, has made a comeback. You will find them in many of the large and spacious home in the U.S. and Europe.
What is the difference between a sideboard and a buffet. Well, put simply if it is used in the dining room it is called a buffet and if in the living areas, it's called a sideboard.
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