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Learn More About Buffets & China Cabinets
Buffet tables and china cabinet hutches are both used as storage furniture for things like kitchen and dining linens, flatware and silverware, and other items, but there are a few notable differences between them.
Buffet tables are often long, low pieces of furniture with a countertop surface area for serving food and drinks, and cabinets, drawers, or open shelves for cutlery, tableware, linens, barware, and other items used in the dining room.
China cabinet hutches are taller and more narrow than buffet tables and used as a display cabinet. They have an upper section with shelves and glass-paneled doors to store and display items like fine china and glassware, and a lower cabinet section with solid doors and drawers.
Use a buffet table as storage for items you would normally keep in your dining room like special occasion table linens, flatware, serveware, cutlery, glasses, and dishes. The tabletop surface is used as a serving area for party platters and trays, drinks, and a place for plates, bowls, glasses, and silverware when hosting get-togethers. Outside of use for gatherings, buffet tables are an effective way to display home decor such as accent lamps, candles, picture frames, small sculptures, and other artwork.
With their glass doors, china cabinet hutches are made specifically for storing and displaying your prized possessions. From delicate porcelain plates and antique teacups to exquisite crystal goblets and formal glassware, glass china cabinets are a great way to add a touch of style to your dining room, kitchen, or living space. A rule of thumb for storing items in a china cabinet—use the bottom cabinet for bulky, heavier items. It will give the cabinet stability if it isn’t anchored to a wall.
Buffet tables and china cabinets are usually kept in the dining room, however, where you choose to place them is entirely up to you. Both are essential storage items that elevate your home decor. Add some visual interest to your entryway, hallway, or dining room with a sleek, modern buffet table or sideboard or go with a rustic antique buffet for a charming appeal. Vintage or farmhouse china cabinets are a great way to add a bit of nostalgia to your kitchen, dining room, and other living areas. If you’re short on space, look for a variety of small china cabinets—there’s plenty to discover from sellers on Etsy.