Definition of a Credenza

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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.

Varied Applications

  • 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.

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