What is a sideboard used for?
Sideboards are ideal for both storage and display use. Usually in a living or dining room, it’s traditionally used to store dinnerware, but is also perfect for adding storage to any room without compromising on design. It is a perfect space to stow small parts out of sight, and is especially useful to a minimalist interior designer.
Can a sideboard be used as a TV stand?
Yes, a sideboard can be used as a TV stand at the correct height. They can be used for numerous ways such as a display unit, storage cabinet, bookcase or as a television stand.
What is the difference between a sideboard, console or credenza?
Sideboards were historically long tables for smorgasbords or buffets, but are now used for storage or a display table. They are usually used in the kitchen or dining room. Since the point of them is to maximize storage and to serve, they have short legs. They rise about 34-36 inches to serve food comfortably off them.
A console is a cabinet for electronics and media. It can be placed anywhere in the house. It can be any size or any shape, used to hide electronics in bedrooms and living rooms. Consoles are very popular, but how they look depends on the room. In a bedroom, people try to hide the TV in a console cabinet with doors; in a media room, they might have a low console table with some drawers to get the wires out of the way but sit the TV on top of it so it’s always out in the open. So a console, whether cabinet or table, can really be any height.
A console table normally sits up against the wall. Traditionally, it would have no storage and one or two decorative legs and the back would be attached to the wall. But now you see them in a foyer or entrance to a bedroom with decorative items, as places to drop keys, or just long tables to separate a space by perhaps putting one behind a sofa.
A credenza is normally used in an office as a companion piece to a desk. You can use it for files, or maybe electronic storage. It does not have a standard length, though it is typically set up on high legs, around 30-32 inches, to match the height of the desk. The depth is generally 18-22 inches. Many times, a credenza is placed opposite the desk and has the same look and feel. We use them a lot for offices because frequently a desk is floating in an open-plan space and a credenza will then sit up against a wall, as an anchor. In this case, we will leave the desk free for papers and work and meetings, and then the owner can turn around to a credenza and use his computer.