When deciding on the right kind of sideboard furniture for you, there are a few important things to keep in mind. Ask yourself questions like, “what do I want this piece to look like?” and “how long do I envision this piece of furniture lasting?”. Answering these questions will help you to know some important things, like what material you want your sideboard made out of. Pine sideboards are very popular for people who like intricate woodwork in their furniture. The reason is pine is a soft wood, so furniture makers can do things with it that they cannot do with hard woods.
Although you can have sideboards pine with very elaborate designs worked right into the wood itself, you have to consider the trade offs that go with this. This is a softer wood, and that means that although it is easier to work with and pattern, it is also easier to damage. If the unit is moved a lot, or not taken care of, it will deteriorate over the years much quicker than a similar unit made out of a hard wood, such as oak. So part of your decision making has to be in thinking about the life of the piece. That may sound silly when talking about a piece of furniture. But consider that sideboards are not just any other piece of furniture, like a sofa or bar stool. Have you seen very many sofas or bar stools that are hundreds of years old and get passed down through many generations of family? Probably not, but that is the history of sideboard furniture. So, if you want to get your new sideboard with the idea it will be in you family for many years, you might not want one made of pine.
Having said all that, I would be lying if I said there is not such thing as an antique pine sideboard. But antique pine sideboards are few and far between compared to the number of antiques that are made from hard woods like oak or mahogany. But, if you want a very elaborate, intricate piece of furniture, and understand the positive benefits of pine furniture along with the potential negatives, then a solid pine sideboard could still be the right one for you.
The good thing about considering the life of a sideboard is that for most people this is a sort of set it and forget it piece of furniture. What I mean by that is they place the piece in its intended place, traditionally the dining area, then it may very well stay in that same spot for many years. Then when the next family member acquires the piece, the same thing happens. If this is your situation, you will probably do fine with a pine sideboard. When those times for a move come along, as few and far between as they might be, just make sure everyone involved knows how delicate this seemingly solid piece can actually be.