Hoorah for the Buffet!

China cabinets were once a staple in dining room décor, but today many are instead opting for a buffet.

Sometimes called a sideboard or server, buffets are one of the most flexible pieces of furniture you can add to your home. It can be used to hold china, serving pieces and silverware inside its cabinets and drawers. It can be used to create a buffet-style dinner for a large dinner party or holiday gathering. It can be used to display collections. Or it can be topped with lamps and used to add lighting to the room.

Buffets look quite comfortable outside the dining room, too. Use one in a bedroom in lieu of a dresser, in a family room as a media console, in a kitchen that needs more cabinet space, or in a living room as a sofa table with storage.  In fact, what room could not benefit from a buffet?

And – of course! – Art Van Furniture has a buffet for every design style.

For casual homes, the Vineyard Buffet is the perfect choice. In rich, distressed mahogany, it features the classic buffet design with two doors and three drawers. Behind the doors are three shelves and removable wine racks, each of which holds eight bottles of your private reserve. The top drawer is lined in felt to accommodate silverware.

Those who prefer contemporary style will love the Woodward Collection Side Buffet with Granite Top. Made of mahogany solids and veneers, its deep coffee finish is accented with satin nickel hardware. You can’t help but love its contoured drawers and door. And the solid granite top provides durability for serving everything from Thanksgiving dinner to martinis and hors d’oeuvres.

The large Hearthstone Buffet in a warm oak finish is the perfect choice for rustic-style living. Farmhouse charm mixed with classic design, its two plank-style doors flank three center drawers. The top drawer is felt lined, and shelves inside doors are adjustable. It begs to be used for Sunday brunch or neighborhood potluck.

And finally, traditional-style dining rooms will get a punch of drama with our velvet Sideboard. There’s nothing predictable about this piece. Two velvet-lined drawers sit between two doors that open with push latches. Crystal knobs on the front cover the black velvet exterior.  The scroll-carved legs add another layer to its allure. Whether it’s a black tie event or espresso with friends, this piece holds its own.

So … which of these is right for you?

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