How to Use a Sideboard for Extra Storage (and Style) in Any Room
Ready to get a jump on your spring cleaning?
An easy way to get started is by finding a good sideboard to help you make a place for everything in your home.
Let’s start by getting formalities out of the way…sideboards aka buffets aka servers aka credenzas are generally long, short cabinets with closed storage. While there are small technical details you can use to define the differences, even the manufacturers don’t always follow the naming conventions, so for the purposes of this blog post, these cabinets will be referred to as sideboards from here on out.
Sideboards are the perfect way to introduce additional storage into almost any room. Dining room, living room, bedroom or even the hallway – as long as it fits physically, you are good to go. Make sure you take the time to measure out how much space you have to work with (and don’t neglect the depth, including room to open cabinet doors). Once you’ve established what you have available, it’s time for the fun part – picking out the sideboard that complements your style!
One of the most popular trends right now is what you might call “Rustic Farmhouse.” Think distressed, multi-tonal finishes, sturdy metal hardware and sliding barn doors in place of more traditional hinge doors. These elements give a warm, inviting and lived-in appearance that will make you feel right at home.
Here are a few ideas on how to use your new sideboard.
Set up your sideboard in the living room and mount your TV on the wall above. The sideboard will serve as an anchor for your décor with the added benefit of hidden storage for your media and electronics. This works well to hide your tangle of cords and paired with a sound bar speaker system, it will give your living room a fresh feel.
Buy a sideboard with a hutch and utilize it as a more relaxed and modern version of a china cabinet. Place this in the dining room to keep dining and entertaining essentials easily within reach and use the hutch to display anything – think dishes, plants, books, art, etc.
Always losing your keys? A sideboard in the hallway is the ideal place for your keys, mail and bags. Odds and ends can be stored inside the cabinet as well. Make this Instagram worthy by creating a vignette on top using decorative accessories and accenting with wall décor. I would suggest using Snap to Frame – a new app that allows you to create completely customized wall décor and ensuring you find the perfect piece to really tie the room together.