Italian sideboards and buffets furniture belonging to the same family. The differences between the two furniture pieces are subtle and names often become confused. Whatever the terminology used, the essential features remain the same. An Italian sideboards and buffets is both functional design. Both provide extra storage in areas of the home.
The main difference depends on which room the furniture is placed. A ladle used in the dining room is called a buffet. A buffet placed in the living room called a ladle.
Early ladles replacing furniture-called flat boards used to serve food. Today, sideboards still in dining rooms to keep food and their design also mean that they can store the dining items utensils, napkins and plates. Today it is common for homeowners to use sideboards in other rooms of a house, living room and bedroom, where additional storage is needed. Like the sideboards, buffets were used – and used today – to serve food in canteens.
The cost of the Italian sideboards and buffets vary on a number of factors. Antiques come with a higher price tag than reproductions. Place of purchase also affects the cost of the furniture. A better deal can be found at a flea market, than a customized piece, for example. Buffets different from the sideboards that some pieces are finished with a glass top, perfect to show off a collection. Other buffets have wine rack or cellarets make it a viable piece of barware.