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A buffet has been used for decades for glasses, crockery or decorative elements. In dining-living rooms and the kitchen, it is an elegant centrepiece. It is considered a true space miracle and is not only practical but also decorative. Due to its robust nature, it is characterised by a long durability.

Buffet cabinets are often part of an inheritance. But even if you are not lucky enough to inherit a preserved antique buffet cabinet, new buffets are just as beautiful and bring the same atmosphere into your home. To help you find the right buffet, we have compared different models and show you what to look for when buying.


  • Buffets have been popular since the end of the 19th century. They fit well in the living and dining room as well as in the kitchen
  • Buffets come in antique, modern, Mediterranean, shabby-chic styles. Each style has its own special features.
  • Buffets should not be confused with sideboards, display cabinets or sideboards. Each piece of furniture has its own advantages and offers its own application possibilities.

The Best Buffet: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for buffets

To make it easier for you to choose your buffet, we have summarised the most important criteria for buying. This will help you find the ideal buffet cabinet for you. These criteria are:

Now we explain in more detail what these criteria mean and what to look out for.


The classic buffet cabinet is made of dark solid wood. But there are also other styles, which you can choose according to your interior. Modern buffets look elegant and have clean lines. White is often combined with glazed doors and metal handles. The country house/mediterranean style is adorned with playful ornaments. This style is romantic and works with light colours, which are sometimes also in the popular Shabby Chic style.


Depending on where you want to place your buffet cabinet, size can be crucial. Buffets are now available in numerous sizes. In terms of width, buffet cabinets can be divided into 3 categories:

  • Buffets up to 120cm
  • Buffets up to 200cm
  • Buffets up to 260cm

Depending on how much space you have at your place, you can decide on a size. Larger buffet cabinets offer more storage space, but can quickly have a negative spatial effect in small rooms.


It is often the material of the buffet that determines the look of the cabinet. Buffets are often made of solid wood. In this case, the entire cabinet is made of solid wood, except for the components that are not visible. Other materials are MDF boards (medium density fibreboard). These consist of fine wooden boards that are glued together. MDF boards are often additionally coated to give a more uniform appearance.


Most buffet cabinets consist of two parts. The base unit with a superstructure and the wall unit. The lower cabinet is often filled by two doors and 3 drawers in the superstructure. The top consists of several shelves and glass doors. In addition to the basic equipment, modern buffets in particular, offer additional drawers and compartments or baskets, additional work surfaces, built-in bottle inserts and extendable tables.

FSC verification

FSC stands for ‘Forest Stewardship Council’. This is an international certification system for more sustainable forest management. To be awarded an FSC 100% label, it must meet strict specifications and criteria. If strict ecological and social principles are important to you, you can look for the FSC label when buying. This guarantees responsible management.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about buffets answered in detail

A number of questions arise when making a purchase decision. Below we have answered the most frequently asked questions about buffets so that you are sufficiently informed.

What is a buffet?

The buffet cabinet is often referred to as a sideboard. Since the buffet has a chest as its predecessor, this is not quite correct. A buffet is therefore a robust piece of furniture.

Whether antique or modern buffet cabinets. Buffets fit perfectly into any home and offer not only a beautiful sight, but also a lot of storage space. (Image source: JamesDeMers / Pixabay)

This consists of two parts, with the upper part serving as a display cabinet and the lower part as a door cabinet. So this serves not only as storage space, but also for displaying beautiful glass bowls and crockery, for example. Between the individual elements there is sometimes a small work surface that can be used as a storage space for plates.

What types of buffets are there?

Buffets come in different colours, materials, sizes and designs. This means that individual choices can be made to match the style of furnishing and the space available. The various built-in elements allow for customised furnishing.

Besides the modern, newly built buffet cabinets, there are also the antique buffets, which gained popularity especially in the late 19th century. This was usually richly decorated and served as a showpiece. These are expensive nowadays and are usually found in inheritances.


The use of buffets were not only popular at the end of the 19th century, but they still are. Whether in the living room, dining room or kitchen, antique as well as modern buffet cabinets can be found. The large selection of sizes, materials, colours and the different styles make it possible to adapt them to your own interior design style.

So before you decide on a buffet cabinet, you should think about what you want to store in it. When you choose a buffet, you can be sure of its durability and timelessness.

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