When you hear the word “buffet,” you probably think of an endless row of food that usually ends with a full belly and heartburn. However, when it comes to decorating your home, a buffet may be the option you need when you are looking to complete a dining room, have an empty entryway or just need a piece with lots of storage. Buffets –  sometimes referred to as sideboards –come in a wide variety of sizes, materials and styles that will leave you hard pressed not to find the perfect one at our showroom or warehouse. When you come to visit us, keep these few things in mind.

How much storage do you need?

The main function of a buffet is usually storage. Buffets are great pieces to fill a room that otherwise doesn’t have cabinets, a closet or some other designated space to keep your possessions. They are usually placed in dining rooms to store china and make the room look less bare. Depending on the size of the room and how much you have to store is important to keep in mind. Some may need a large buffet like our eight-foot Umbria Sideboard, while something smaller like the Essex Buffet could suffice. It all depends on how much space you have to spare.

How neat are you?

When it comes to decorating, one rule remains constant: Clutter is not cute. Much like the trend of floating shelves in kitchens, buffets can have or not have doors, or be see-throughwith glass, like the MSI 442. Therefore, you need to be honest with yourself about how organized you plan to be when showing off your prized china.

Where do you want to place your buffet?

While buffets are usually located in the dining room, there is no reason they have to be confined to that space. A buffet can work in an entryway as a catchall or can even spruce up a hallway with decorative tchotchkes, flowers or mirror. For example, our Haxby Buffet, is a versatile design that will shine in any room. By taking these few questions into consideration, you can choose the right buffet to use and make sure it won’t cause you any belly ache.

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