A credenza is a sideboard or buffet table, typically without legs and used in a dining room. Standard features include drawers and cabinets for storage. The structure of a credenza typically is long with a relatively low height, about waist high. Some credenzas have a hutch attached to the top.
Traditionally, a credenza is patterned after a Renaissance-style credence, which was a sideboard mainly used for storing or displaying valuable plates. In religious applications, a credenza sometimes refers to a table where wine and bread are placed in preparation for the ceremony of consecration. In business settings, versions of this piece of furniture serve as a bookcase or office cabinet for supplies, papers and files. Modern credenzas in office settings usually match desks and cabinets.
- Photo Credit varandah/iStock/Getty Images
Lateral Vs. Vertical Files
Computer technology is driving us into an era of electronic storage. Businesses of all kinds are trending in the direction of the...
What Is a Sideboard?
A sideboard is a piece of furniture used to serve food, display valuables like china and silver pieces as well as a...
The Difference Between a Buffet & a Sideboard
A buffet and a sideboard belong to the same furniture family. The differences between the two furniture pieces are subtle and the...
The History of Baker Furniture
The Baker Furniture Company celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 1990 with an exhibit at the Grand Rapids Art museum, which permanently...
The Difference Between an Armoire & a Chifferobe
Scour local flea markets and country estate sales for old wardrobes -- and start with the correct terminology to avoid confusion.
Differences Between a Credenza, Buffet and Sideboard
Credenzas, buffets and sideboards share a similar purpose in the dining room. Because of the similarity in their function and appearance, these...
The Difference Between Sideboards & Buffets
Sideboards and buffets are two furniture pieces that serve a purpose beyond serving food. Other than their history and some design elements,...
Difference Between a Hutch and China Cabinet
A china cabinet and hutch are often mistaken for each other in descriptions of these similar furniture types, but a china cabinet...