Built-in furniture was a part of residential architecture for centuries, but it wasn’t until the Arts and Crafts movement which built-ins reached their full potential. The dining room buffet in particular has emerged as one of my favorite built-in bits. Whether it comes with a china cupboard, behaves as more of a sideboard, is recessed into the wall or jobs into the space, it allows a small dining area to live big.
Considering that the Arts and Crafts movement, built-in dining buffets are modified and styled to work beautifully in many distinct kinds of homes. From classic sideboards in stained wood to modern buffets in a mixture of finishes, dining room built-ins are home runs in terms of storage, style and elegance.
In Arts and Crafts homes, you’re likely to discover an open dining area with an integrated buffet. In certain, the buffet even features a pass-through into the kitchen, as efficiency proved to be a top priority in the Arts and Crafts movement.
Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design
Stained wood built-ins work well in tones which go with the other wooden characteristics inside the room, including flooring. Notice that in this dining room even the dining table and chairs match the buffet.
Warmington & North
The flush toe kick incorporated with the present baseboard helps make this dining sideboard appear as if it has always been there.
In this historical residence in San Francisco, leaded glass windows would be this built-in buffet’s crowning glory.
Arch Studio, Inc..
The mirror above this built-in buffet leaves the dining room appear as if it features a pass-through, although actually it’s just a space-gaining illusion.
JAUREGUI Architecture Interiors Construction
A soapstone counter and drifting shelves bring about the modern take on the built-in dining buffet.
Dona Rosene Interiors
A bright white built-in buffet/china cupboard pops against walls painted Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue.
Tim Andersen Architect
Tim Andersen restored this Seattle Craftsman dining room by removing the drywall ceiling to expose the original box beams. In addition, he added painted MDF wainscoting with battens, constructed into the height of the present windows to populate the magnificent built-in buffet.