It’s time for another Design Dictionary exploring the age-old question: what’s the difference between a sofa table and sideboard?
Sofa tables and sideboards are long, narrow tables that are functional and attractive pieces to add to your home’s dining room and family room.
Break up a long wall in the dining room with a sideboard—a table with a wide drawer at the center flanked by drawers and cupboards on the sides. Because of its narrow width, this table fits comfortably along any wall in the dining room and is ideal for storing and serving food for big family meals.
Like the sideboard, the sofa table is a long and narrow, often featuring drawers and drop leaf ends for maximum function. Designed as a place to store game boards, car keys, etc., this piece fits snugly behind the back of a sofa for easily accessible and stylish storage.
So what’s the big difference between the two pieces? Well, aside from built-in storage components like silver liners in a sideboard, it can often be hard to tell the difference. Here’s an idea: take advantage of our custom upholstery options to create a piece that can be used as both!
The Drexel Heritage Console Table (pictured below) gives this timeless classic a modern facelift. The custom upholstery options add texture and visual appeal. Add a glass top for easy cleanup when you’re serving food.
Likewise, our Encounter Sofa Table, featured in a durable leather fabric, (we also recommend an easy-to-clean Sunbrella fabric) will look fabulous in the living room and dining room. Plus, who doesn’t love nail head trim for a little extra pizzazz?
Tell us about how you’re doubling a sofa table as a sideboard, or vice-versa!