TargetWoman - Portal for Women

Contemporary Credenza

TargetWoman is a portal dedicated to Women - Pages of lasting value on issues women care about.

Credenzas flanked by symmetrical glass or wood display cabinets are very fashionable storage units used in both office and home. Also referred to as buffet or sideboard, credenzas feature a long, horizontal cabinet decorated with burnished and polished wood. The top is usually flat and is decorated with marble or any attractive stone or inlaid wood.


Having credenzas at home or office creates almost unlimited storage potential. The market today has a plethora of credenzas from traditional wood to sleek or contemporary metal, customized to match your needs and existing decor at home or office.


Credenza Story

The story of credenza is interesting especially because of its history. Though this long piece of storage unit became fashionable only by 19th century, evidences from world history indicate that the first credenza was made during the 15th century. These credenzas were long tables used in dining room settings.


The word credenza is derived from the English word 'credence' meaning credibility or belief. It is said that during those days, before serving food to nobility like Kings or Clergy, a servant or taster would verify the authenticity of the food by ensuring that it is not poisoned. Generally, this food was placed on top of long tables from where the taster checked for the authenticity. This activity led to the name credenza being accorded to long side tables.


Contemporary Credenza and its uses

Though credenza is a piece of historical furniture, it is no more a long table these days. People have started using credenzas very effectively without changing its base structure. Literally, there are more than hundreds of styles of credenzas today from Asian designs to classic American to contemporary Scandinavian.


Contemporary credenzas are used in a variety of ways, the most common still being the dining room and kitchen. Today's credenzas are more often a type of sideboard used in domestic or restaurant situations. The oak or wood finished credenzas decorate dining rooms to serve buffet meal. In restaurant kitchens, credenzas made of stainless steel are used as side surface and storage units.


Few people use glass cabinet credenzas to store and display fine china and silverware items. There are storage credenzas with wooden cabinets that can be used to store things that need to be out of sight. By placing some display pieces on top, these storage credenzas can be used as a visual design element. While few use the top of credenzas as serving tables during large gathering, the lower areas are used as small liquor cabinets. In fact, today's market also has credenzas especially to store wine.


The modern day or contemporary credenzas are also used as a desk within an office. Office credenzas are similar to normal desks in terms of a kneehole or a leg space that allows one to sit and work. The difference lies in the cabinets or drawers and the top surface of a credenza, which is generally shallower than the normal desk. In addition, office credenzas are more ornate in nature thus being the focal point of the room.


Credenzas are a good choice for storing books. You can choose from elegant oak credenzas that come with open shelving to display books. However, you can also display your favorite books on the top area. Depending on your creativity and availability of space, credenzas can also be used as media consoles. The market has entertainment credenzas designed especially for this. Entertainment credenzas can hold the television, stereo and various other media equipment. The cabinets and drawers can be used to store CDs and DVDs.


Credenza Styles

There are wide varieties of credenzas ranging from intricate Japanese credenzas to the simple American shaker styles pieces to French designs inlaid with gold leafing and sleek Scandinavian contemporary models. The range varies from heavy oak and executive credenzas to metal and pressboard reminding you of a high school teacher's desk.


With variety of options like sliding trays, shelves & drawers, pocket doors and TV extensions, one can be very choosy and creative in buying a credenza. Following is the list of few credenza styles available in the market.


Metal Credenza Base: These credenzas have metal panels and wooden drawers thus adding a sophisticated look to the room. The body can be customized to have a variety of textures like Cross-hatch Brushed Steel, Light Cross-hatch Brushed Steel, Horizontal or Vertical Brushed Steel and Buffed Steel surface


Wooden Credenza Base: Wooden credenzas include a variety of storage units made of oak, cherry, maple, walnut and natural or black ash wood. You can also choose your own stain options from the catalogues of the shopper. The top is generally decorated with either glass or stone top.


Glass Credenza Top: There are also credenzas whose top are decorated with plain or scratched glass or patterned scratched glass.


Stone Credenza Top: Stones of varying textures including granite and marble are used as an alternative to glass tops.



Top of the Page: Contemporary Credenza
Contemporary Credenza
More on Home Improvement Home Improvement Home and Garden
Home Improvement Tips
Wood Furnace
Hardwood Floor
Bamboo Flooring
DIY Damp Proofing
Home Improvement Contractor
Handyman Services
House Painting Tip
Faux Painting
Exterior Wall Cladding
Elastomeric Paint
Waterproofing
Home Decor
Christmas Yard Decorations
Sliding French Door
Home Furnishing Idea
Vinyl Siding
Upgrade House Siding
Driveway Resurfacing
Closet Organizer
Linen Cabinet
Blown Glass Vase
Contemporary Credenza
Fish Tank Aquarium
Thanksgiving Cactus
Home Garden Design
Backyard Playhouse
Dining Room Design
Silk Floral Arrangement
Laundry Hamper
Antique Glassware
Fireplace Mantel
Indoor Fountain
Ceiling Texture
Recycling Facts


Cleaning
Seasonal Home Maintenance Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist
Cleaning Bathroom Tile Grout
Spring Cleaning Tips
Stain Removal
Odor Eliminator
Kitchen Garbage Disposal
How to Declutter


Windows Sliding French Door French Window
Casement Window
Bay Window
Replace Home Window
Retractable Awning
Curtain Valance
Silk Curtains


Lightings
Wrought iron chandeliers
Hybrid Solar Lighting
Motion Sensor Outdoor Lighting
Lamp Shade
Home Lighting Fixture
Chandelier Lighting
Foyer Lighting
Recessed Lighting Fixtures


Home Security
Burglar Alarm System
Video Surveillance Camera
Web Security Cameras
Security cameras
CCTV Cameras
Driveway Alarm

Home Electronics Home Electronics Patio Radiant Heaters
Solar Water Heater Systems
Driveway Gates
Vacuum Cleaner Review
Dehumidifier
Clothes Dryer
Integrated Dishwasher
RFID Technology - RFID Application
Lower Energy Bills
Reduce Carbon Footprint
Electronic Pest Control

Home Appliance Maintenance Home Appliance Maintenance Washing Machine Maintenance
Ionizer Air Purifier
Vacuum Cleaner Maintenance
Appliance Maintenance - Refrigerator
Dishwasher Maintenance
Do it yourself Home Improvement

Kitchen Appliances
Budget Kitchen Upgrade
Food Steamer
Waffle Iron
Garment Steamer
Crepe Maker
Kitchen Blender
Meat Grinder
Juicer
Gas Grill
Barbecue Smoker

Kitchen Improvement Kitchen Improvement Types of Cutlery
New Kitchen Countertops
Kitchen Cabinet
Kitchen Chimney Hoods
Kitchen Pantry
Kitchen Knife
Metal Bread Box
Kitchen Canister
Kitchen Remodeling Idea
Kitchen Furniture
Kitchen Faucet
Kitchen Lighting Idea
Custom Kitchen Island
Ceramic Kitchen Sink
Kitchen Backsplash Tile
Crockery
Barbecue Grilling Tip
Stainless Steel Tableware

Bath
Bathroom Sink Vanity
Shower Enclosures Kits
Shower Massage Panel
Bath Safety for Seniors
Inground Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool Maintenance
Replacing Bathroom Fixtures
Remodel Bathroom
Bath Tub Restoration
Jacuzzi Tub

Bedding
Organic Mattress
Memory Foam Mattress
Water Bed Mattress
Childrens Bunk Beds
Adjustable Bed
Neck Pillow
Luxury Bed linen

Furnitures Furnitures Writing Desk
Bedroom Furniture
Furniture Restoration
Bar Stool
Antique Furniture
Bedside Table Design
Picnic Table
Storage Ottoman
Kitchen Buffet Furniture
Contemporary Furniture Guide
Rustic Furniture
Space Saving Furniture
Wood Furniture Care

Top of the Page: Contemporary Credenza