Buffets + Sideboards


Dining Room Buffets & Cabinets

While comfortable, useful dining rooms require good design and a thoughtful layout, they also need some extra space for storage and display. west elm’s dining room buffets & cabinets make a stylish, practical addition to any dining area, from simple breakfast nooks to formal, standalone dining rooms. Whether your style is spare and sleek or imbued with cheery modern warmth, we have a variety of different buffets, credenzas and cabinets that will appeal to your aesthetic priorities and provide a welcome addition to your dining furniture arrangement. If you find yourself wanting a place to store everything from family heirloom flatware to liquor bottles and bar equipment, this product category may have just what you’re looking for.

You may want to begin the process of selecting your dining room buffet or cabinet by considering your dining table. If you plan to get a new table, it may be best for you to select that item first and then move on to picking out your sideboard or credenza. The dining table will likely be the largest, most visually impactful piece of furniture in the room, so picking that out first or considering your current table’s design makes it easier to then select a buffet or cabinet that matches well. Consider elements such as your dining table’s shape, size, material, finish and overall style. If your dining table is rustic, pick out one of our reclaimed wood buffets or cabinets to match. If your dining table is more glamorous or formal, we have sideboard options that can match that style as well.

As for which style to choose from our options in this category, think about what purpose you want the furniture piece to serve. If you’re trying to store your dinnerware, choosing a taller cabinet may be better than a short buffet because you won’t have to bend down to remove and store your plates and bowls. If you want to provide a nearby surface to place serving dishes for diners to help themselves during a meal, a buffet is the perfect choice. If your space is large enough, you can use a combination of these different elements, or you can place them in other parts of your house for better flow and utility. For example, a bar cabinet may be more at home in your kitchen or living room than your dining area, particularly if you’re short on space or have other needs for the area that are more immediate than liquor storage and presentation.

The specific model you choose within a general dining storage furniture category can also be determined by need. A buffet with several different cabinet doors, shelves and drawers can be perfect for storing small dining accessories such as placemats, charger plates, coasters and table cloths that you only use on special occasions. If you have no such items or you keep them somewhere else, you may want to consider a buffet table with a sleeker profile. All of the furniture pieces in this category have some degree of storage space available, adding another element of practicality and convenience to your home.

Once you’ve got the perfect sideboard, buffet or shelving unit picked out for your dining area, you can decorate your new piece with candles, formal serveware, vases and real or faux greenery. If you plan to use your buffet to serve food, you can keep your decorative displays to a minimum, focusing on functional decorative items such as LED candles or traditional wick candles in protective votives. You can change up the displays on these accent furniture pieces to coordinate with the centerpieces and tablescape decorations you place on the dining table, or you can keep a static setup of decorative objects in place to give the room an extra dash of embellishment and style.

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