There are many options when it comes to deciding how you would like your
sideboard/buffet to look. This section contains a lot of information
relating to sideboards and buffets, what's the difference ? just
terminology. Much of the information is very similar to the options for
an entertainment unit.
There are three considerations when it comes to deciding how many drawers
and doors you would like in your sideboard.
What sort of items are going to be put in it?
If you intend to put a lot of larger items in the sideboard such as large
platters or bowls in boxes etc, then more cupboard space would be better,
hence more doors than drawers. On the other hand if there will be more
smaller items such as napkins, table cloths etc, then more drawers will
likely be a better option.
What is the overall size or the available space where the
sideboard is going?
This has a bearing on whether the unit will have an odd or even number of
sections. By this I mean that there will be one option available if the
unit has three or five sections which is that the middle section can have
a full bank of drawers down the centre and then one, two or three doors
either side. Although, if it's a big unit there's no reason why there
couldn't be two banks of drawers in the middle two sections, with say,
two sets of doors either side. Conversely, you could also have two doors
in the centre and then a bank of drawers at each end.
What sort of "look" do you have in mind?
If you're thinking of having a clean, uncluttered look then having a
front of full length plain doors is the way to go. You might opt for
finger grooves to open them, or even push-to release catches for the
ultimate in minimalist design. If this look has appeal but you do need
some drawers then you could have some drawers fitted behind one or more
of the doors. If you're after something more traditional, there are
literally hundreds of possible options, which we're more than happy to
discuss with you, and we like a challenge :)
If there was such a thing as a "standard" design it would be having a
drawer above each door. Otherwise, some of the other layout options you
could consider are - having three or four sections with all doors but
having one or two drawers above the middle door or doors only, and then
having the door/s either side full length. Another option might be to
have a wine rack in the centre section/s... The possibilities are
The following are the most frequently requested drawer slides:
Push-to-open, with soft close (u/m)
Side-mounted or under-mounted?
Under-mounted drawer slides require a slightly higher drawer front than
regular slides if you'd like to maintain the same internal height within
the drawer. This is only really a major consideration if you need to fit
something specific in the drawers while keeping the unit under a certain
Our under-mounted slides have a slightly smoother "feel" to them, making
them our preferred model, however, if you're limited in height at all,
we're still happy to offer the side-mounted version.
If you're likely to use your sideboard as an entertainment unit, you
might like to consider having retractable doors, allowing you to hide
those components away when they're not in use, yet still maintain a line
of sight for your remote controls when you're watching TV.
These require approximately 60mm clearance in the top or side into which
they retract, creating a "void" within the open cavity that must be
considered if you're rather limited for space and need to fit specific
Glass or Timber Doors
There's a huge range of glass finishes available to help you keep various
items tidily out of the way when they're not in use, or to put those
treasured items on display - we're happy to discuss this with you if
you've already got something in mind, or need help choosing which glass
will be the best solution for you.
There's also a number of timber door styles available, again, to suit the
overall aesthetics of the cabinet you're after.
Handles or Finger Grooves
We carry a range of handles to complement any style of buffet or
sideboard - be it modern and sleek, or something a little more
traditional. You're also welcome to suggest or supply handles of your
own, and we'll be happy to fit them for you.
If you're worried that handles might "date", then finger grooves will
ensure your sideboard or buffet will remain timeless.
There are many different variations on the style of base we can make for
your unit. You're certainly not limited to our suggestions, but this is a
list of our most commonly requested:
Sides to the floor - the side panels of the cabinet extend to the
floor, with a narrow setback kick at the front. (No vacuuming
Tapered feet - great for adding a little shape, particularly if you
have a tapered leg table in close proximity.
Turned feet - a little more labour-intensive, but great for more
Metal feet and legs - much like handles, these come in a variety of
finishes and styles - you're welcome to discuss this with us, or
suggest your own.
A relatively minor detail that is often overlooked, as it can make all
the difference to the appearance of a cabinet. Creating a more
substantial top thickness is really dependent on our timber availability,
but is well worth considering, whether you'd like something more
substantial, or something more slight.
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