Buffets and sideboards fall into one of the most versatile categories of furniture around. Even though they are called by many different names, these pieces are really all in the same family. Many times it is the role the piece of furniture plays that determines the name by which it is called. For example, if you put a piece of this furniture in the dining area and use it as a food service and storage piece, it is rightly referred to by many people as a buffet. But if you take the same piece and use it in the family room as a television stand, a more likely name for it is a sideboard.
Kitchen buffets and sideboards are usually a little smaller than the versions you will see in main dining areas. These units serve the same function as any other piece of sideboard furniture in that it can store things like dishes and utensils while still having a useful top area that can either be a buffet service area or a display place for pictures and other small items. These kitchen versions are available in all the same colors and styles as those used in dining areas, so finding on to fit your style or the style of the room will not be an issue.
Every once in a while I will run into someone who really thinks there is a big difference between sideboards and buffets. But as we have said, the only difference is in the way the particular piece of furniture is used rather than how it is made or what it looks like. Black buffets and sideboards are commonly used in modern or contemporary themed rooms. Again, if the piece is used in the dining area it is called a black buffet while a piece referred to as a black sideboard might also be in the dining area, or any other area.
Dining room buffets and sideboards tend to be larger, more classic pieces. This type of buffet and furniture tend to be the focal point of the room in which they are placed. This can be frustrating to someone who is trying to add one to an already furnished dining room. If you have seen a hand made, solid oak sideboard you know exactly what I am talking about.
When you are trying to determine which sideboard and buffets are right for you and your home, it is wise to use the power of the internet. There are many variations and options of the furniture and buffet from which to choose, and the internet is the only place where they are all available in one place right at your fingertips.