How to Know Which Server Furniture Piece to Buy

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737_sr5438__86013-1362509775-864-850Server furniture pieces, which are also referred to as sideboards and buffets, are as practical as they are beautiful. The pieces originated in Sweden and they were used to put out food for their smorgasbords, or buffets. They’re widely used nowadays, and for much more than just serving a buffet. Knowing which server to buy has a lot to do with the reason you’ll be using it. Here’s a look at what you should think about when selecting the right server for your needs:

The Difference Between the Different Styles

 As you may have noticed, server furniture pieces can come in all kinds of different styles and sizes. Although they all may be referred to as “servers,” they also have other names. Believe it or not, there is a clear difference between some of these terms. Here’s an overview of what those differences are:

  • Hutch-Style. A hutch-style buffet or server is one that also includes a hutch, which is referred to as a unit made of shelves or cabinets that sits on top of another piece. In this case, hutch-style servers or buffets sit on top of a buffet or server piece.
  • Sideboards. If a server furniture piece is referred to as a sideboard, chances are pretty good that it has fairly short legs.
  • Buffet. Typically, a buffet has longer legs than a sideboard, but not always. Sometimes the difference between a sideboard and a buffet lies in its purpose – buffets typically go in the dining room and sideboards go in the living room.
  • Server. Although all of the above pieces are often referred to as servers, a server could be more unique than that. Traditional servers are usually smaller than sideboards or buffets and are a little more decorative or formal.

Decide Which Room It Will Go In

Knowing where you’ll place the server will also help determine what kind you’ll choose. If you are placing it in the dining room, you may very well be using it as a buffet so you’ll want one that uses more horizontal than vertical space, such as our Canyon Server, which also has room for wine bottles and other accessories. If you’re using it as a sideboard in the living room, consider a sideboard server like this one, which has doors and plenty of storage space for whatever is needed. Servers can also be used in the living room as entertainment centers.

Determine What Will Be Stored

Since servers come in a variety of different sizes and shapes, another tactic in selecting the right one is to think about what will go inside the piece once it’s purchased. For instance, a hutch-style server like this one is ideal for those who need room to store their tableware and other items used in the kitchen and dining room. Smaller server pieces are ideal for those who really just need an extra surface to serve food and some extra drawers and cabinets for extra dishware. Once you know what you want to store, you can browse through all your choices knowing exactly which will work and which won’t.

By keeping these things in mind, you’re sure to find the best server furniture piece for your needs.