A Brief History of Sideboards

Have you ever come across the name Robert Adam? If you have, then I suppose that your curiosity goes beyond and you would want to know why his name is still curlicuing around for centuries? Well, the answer is very simple, it is because he was the one who first popularized the use of sideboards back in the year of 1760, which are also known as serving tables. People loved the idea of having a sideboard at home very much, and that is why they started using them as an important element in their dining rooms and kept their plates and food on them while enjoying the delicious meals with their family members and friends as well.

We all know that all antiques including sideboards have a fascinating history and they are priceless if compared to those pieces we use today, but if you plan to purchase a sideboard for your dining room and you wonder which design and colour will best fit in the space, then log on your computer and scroll through some reputable online sites that offer a variety of different sideboards made of a durable material, with simple yet sophisticated design that features many drawers and a storage space where you can keep all your porcelain plates, bowls (bought in China), wine glasses maybe, serviettes and many other treasured possessions, and not only that, but the sideboard (your choice) will definitely garner the right attention in your space.


Now, let’s get back on track and let’s dig deeper into the past and see what featured the old designs and what purposes did people use the sideboards for compared to today’s versions?

There are many interesting facts related to sideboards, like for example the fact that the first sideboards were actually a simple shelf on the wall that people put near the dining table (a very different design from the one of the cupboards, which purpose was and still is to be a permanent repository for mugs, glasses, plates and bowls).But within time, the sideboards have evolved from a simple shelf into an enormous architectural symbol, one that starts and ends in the dining rooms. Even though their purpose remains the same, the design has changed a lot since their first appearance. As an illustration, if you compare the design of the Victorian sideboards to the one we have in our homes today, you will see the great difference in size, design, shape and material. Sideboards in the past featured bigger size, were made of sturdy wood, had curved ages, heavy shelves, were sometimes outfitted with drawers, were handmade and were an unique piece of furniture worth having at home. Nowadays you can combine your home décor with sideboards that have simple design, lightweight versions that feature a more modern and sophisticated look with a lot of small or a couple of big drawers, strong and sturdy oak legs for example, with gorgeous natural tones and accents that will bring elegance to your home or apartment.

Why did people use and are still using sideboards for? The purpose remains the same, people used and are still using them to store dishes, glasses, serving utensils and many other things. And what about their tops? Well, they use their flat tops for displaying dishes with a variety of food, or sometimes, you can see sideboard tops jazzed up with candles, vases of fresh flowers, or family photo frames for a complete look at the dining area.

Goran Nikolov is a content writer of Protista, a website where you can find a lot of interesting lists. He is from Macedonia and has a passion to write lists about everything that surrounds him, especially about sports, health, music, technology and history. Goran loves to play basketball in his free time, enjoys playing on his guitar and sharing his thoughts with others.