January 04, 2019

When shopping around for furniture whose primary function is to hold items for table service, the differences between a buffet, sideboard, server or credenza can be a bit confusing. Below are some important distinctions of each that should help you in your choice.

Sideboard  (also known as a  Buffet)

  • Long, waist-high (or lower) furniture piece with short or no legs, used also for storage
  • May or may not have cabinets that extend to the floor
  • Has compartments or shelves in/on which to hold table service items
  • May include a hutch with open shelving or with glass front cabinets intended for displaying fine tableware
  • Usually found in a living room or entryway; when used in a dining room it is generally referred to as a buffet
  • *An antique variation of the sideboard is a  huntboard which is taller, smaller and more simple than a typical sideboard; it was designed to be stood around by hungry folks as they ate after finishing a huntLaura Gaskil, Houzz contributor

Reclaimed Wood Barn Door Server Collage 

Buffet  (also known as a Sideboard)

  • Same characteristics as a sideboard but are generally found in a dining room 


  • Smaller, more formal, lighter in scale than Sideboards or Buffets
  • May have drawers or cabinets
  • May have an open bottom with taller legs  


  • Today’s credenzas are usually long, low cabinets (with sliding doors) on slender legs.
Wadsworth Buffet

You’ll find an excellent selection of sideboards/buffets/servers on our website, and we invite you to browse our in stock items. Most of our items can be custom made, so feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need assistance.

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