Credenzas vs. Sideboards vs. Buffet Tables: How to Choose
Because most of what differentiates a credenza from a sideboard buffet is height, width, depth, and whether the cabinet doors swing or slide open, choosing a piece of dining room storage furniture comes down to choosing a cabinet unit that will fit in your space, suit your needs, and look the part.
If you have limited space but would still like a handsome piece of functional storage furniture in your dining room, living room, or home office, consider a low credenza with sliding cabinet doors. With sliding doors, you won’t need to account for swing space around your modern credenza. For a larger piece of dining room storage furniture, opt for a taller sideboard with ample surface space. If you’re an avid entertainer, that extra surface space will come in handy around mealtimes, when it may be more convenient to have additional tableware and serving dishes within reach.
Some sideboards and credenzas are designed for specialized use, like wine bars, which have built-in racks for safely storing wine glasses and wine bottles. Some kitchen sideboards and credenzas have shallow, compartmentalized drawers made for silverware and other dining utensils. You can also look out for sideboards with soft-close hardware that cuts down on the sound and impact of drawers and cabinet doors closing.
Design is another consideration not to forget when choosing a modern sideboard or credenza. Though modern credenzas and sideboards share similar characteristics – minimalist silhouettes, warm wood finishes, slatted paneling – you can fine-tune your list of options by leg type, cabinet, hardware, and surface material, and more. At Design Within Reach, shop louvered and slatted wood credenzas made of solid walnut, oak, or ash (among others). Discover black sideboards with marble tabletops and solid brass hardware alongside brightly colored dining room cabinets with reeded glass doors.