Light oak sideboards trace their origin to the dining habits of Europe. Hundreds of years ago, families once simply served dinner there, but now this multi-use piece finds its way throughout the house. A versatile and functional addition to any modern home or decorating scheme, decorators can find a functional use in practically every room. Attractively holding storage, the furniture adds a decorative touch anywhere in the house.
Once used strictly in the dining room of grand home, nowadays even the tiniest house can now feature this useful piece of furniture. In the living room, it may hold a television or become an entertainment center. It beautifully hides the clutter of computer hardware and office supplies in the den. It acts as linen storage in the hall, holding blankets, sheets and towels. Extra storage for clothes, accessories or shoes makes it a great addition to the bedroom. As a buffet in the dining room, elegantly serving dinner on its polished top, its drawers hold tablecloths and silver, while dishes line the shelves.
Consider these few things before you purchase your light oak sideboard. Look at the living space available and consider the scale of the room. There are many varieties and styles available, but a large sideboard, though elegant in the showroom, will completely overpower the proportions of a small room. Likewise, a smaller piece of furniture will get lost in a larger room.
The finish of the piece is a determining factor for both the cost and durability and your intent for its future use. Solid oak furniture is very tough, but also very expensive. Oak veneers look nice and are inexpensive, but do not last as long.
If you plan to pass the piece on, then look for a well-made, hard-wearing model. With timeless beauty and function, a light oak sideboard is well worth the investment for such an attractive and multipurpose piece.