Credenzas, also commonly known as sideboards, are furniture pieces that function as a form of storage and a table surface. While credenzas were once used primarily as decorative elements in support of dining areas, they are now used to serve a variety of rooms from office conference rooms, to living rooms, home offices, and bedrooms.

What is a credenza?

Credenzas are multifunctional furniture pieces that combine a table surface with storage. Credenzas are typically found in dining settings where they provide additional storage for holding flatware, dishes, and linens, while doubling as an extra table surface to assist in the service of food.

What is a credenza used for?

Credenzas are traditionally used as stationary table surfaces that assist in the service of meals in buffet and group settings. By design, credenzas act as both serving tables and storage cabinets when used in dining rooms and restaurants.

How tall are credenzas?


Credenzas have overall tabletop heights between 20”-36” (51-91.4 cm) that vary to support a range of dining room settings, aesthetics, and functions.

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Morrison Credenza
Elevation drawing of the Morrison Credenza with common table objects and a person for scale

The Morrison Credenza was designed with intent to act as a storage unit, serving station, and media console with an adjustable shelf and cord escape inside. Design trio Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis, and Hillary Petrie created the Morrison Credenza to be flexible and sleek, with a marble top and turned legs.

The Morrison Credenza has an overall height of 32” (81 cm), width of 78” (198 cm), and depth of 20” (51 cm).

Set of plans and elevations of the Morrison Credenza with dimensions
The Morrison Credenza was designed with intent to act as a storage unit, serving station, and media console with an adjustable shelf and cord escape inside. Design trio Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis, and Hillary Petrie created the Morrison Credenza to be flexible and sleek.

The Morrison Credenza has an overall height of 32” (81 cm), width of 78” (198 cm), and depth of 20” (51 cm).

Set of plans and elevations of the Morrison Credenza with dimensions
Morrison Credenza
Height:
32” | 81 cm
Width:
78” | 198 cm
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Depth:
20” | 51 cm
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Materials
Marble top (White Carrara or Crema Marfil), MDF case and frame (walnut or ebonized oak veneer), walnut or oak legs, brass knobs and feet
Designer
Egg Collective
Year
2012

Drawings include:
Morrison Credenza front elevation, front (objects and person), side, plan

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Finn Juhl Credenza
Front elevation of the Finn Juhl Credenza with a woman standing nearby for scale

The Finn-Juhl Credenza is a sideboard that combines a burnished steel frame, wooden materials, and pop of color all inspired and pulled from Goethe’s color wheel and the cubist movement. Designed by architect Finn Juhl, the credenza features sliding doors, adjustable shelves, and six trays, available in a warm or cold color combination.

The Finn Juhl Credenza has an overall height of 35.5” (90 cm), width of 69.5” (177 cm), and depth of 17.75” (45 cm).

Collection of drawings of the Finn Juhl Credenza with dimensions for height, width, and depth
The Finn-Juhl Credenza is a sideboard that combines a steel frame, wood, and pop of color all inspired by Goethe’s color wheel and the cubist movement. Designed by architect Finn Juhl, the credenza features sliding doors, adjustable shelves, and six trays, available in a warm or cold colors.

The Finn Juhl Credenza has an overall height of 35.5” (90 cm), width of 69.5” (177 cm), and depth of 17.75” (45 cm).

Collection of drawings of the Finn Juhl Credenza with dimensions for height, width, and depth
Finn Juhl Credenza
Height:
35.5” | 90 cm
Width:
69.5” | 177 cm
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Depth:
17.75” | 45 cm
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Materials
Steel frame; walnut veneer over MDF; lacquered wood sliding doors and drawers
Designer
Finn Juhl
Year
1955

Drawings include:
Finn Juhl Credenza front elevation, front (objects and person), side, plan

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Eames Storage Unit 1x2
Scaled illustration of the Eames Storage Unit 1x2 with books and a woman for scale

The Eames Storage Unit 1x2 was on the forefront of innovation as modular design had not yet reached popularity at the time of its creation (1950). Designed by Charles and Ray Eames, the storage unit comes in two color schemes (multi & natural) and can be arranged to fit in a variety of spaces for both display and storage.

The Eames Storage Unit 1x2 has an overall height of 20.5” (52 cm), width of 47.0” (119 cm), and depth of 16.0” (41 cm).

Collection of drawings of the Eames Storage Unit 1x2 with dimensions for width, depth, and height
The Eames Storage Unit 1x2 was on the forefront of innovation as modular design had not yet reached popularity at the time of its creation (1950). Designed by Charles and Ray Eames, the storage unit comes in two color schemes and can be arranged to fit in a variety of spaces for display and storage.

The Eames Storage Unit 1x2 has an overall height of 20.5” (52 cm), width of 47.0” (119 cm), and depth of 16.0” (41 cm).

Collection of drawings of the Eames Storage Unit 1x2 with dimensions for width, depth, and height
Eames Storage Unit 1x2
Height:
20.5” | 52 cm
Width:
47” | 119 cm
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16” | 41 cm
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Materials
Zinc-coated steel; molded plywood shelves; painted hardboard sides
Designer
Charles & Ray Eames
Year
1950

Drawings include:
Eames Storage Unit 1x2 front elevation, front (objects and person), side, plan

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USM Haller File Credenza
Elevation drawing of the USM Haller File Credenza with a person for scale

The USM File Credenza was designed by Fritz Haller and Paul Schaerer as part of a modular set of office furniture. This luxurious filing cabinet has two different compartments divided by the four drawers; with the two top compartment doors being drop-downs and the two-bottom doors being file drawers. All drawers can be locked and unlocked with a twist of a coin. The filing cabinet can hold letter-sized paper and can be often seen within office spaces, home offices, or private dens.

The USM Haller File Credenza has an overall height of 29.0” (74 cm), width of 60.0” (152 cm), and depth of 15.0” (38 cm).

Dimensioned drawings of the USM Haller File Credenza
The USM File Credenza was designed by Fritz Haller and Paul Schaerer as part of a modular set of office furniture. This luxurious filing cabinet has two different compartments divided by four drawers; with the two top compartment doors being drop-downs and the two-bottom doors being file drawers.

The USM Haller File Credenza has an overall height of 29.0” (74 cm), width of 60.0” (152 cm), and depth of 15.0” (38 cm).

Dimensioned drawings of the USM Haller File Credenza
USM Haller File Credenza
Height:
29.0” | 74 cm
Width:
60.0” | 152 cm
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15.0” | 38 cm
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Materials
Steel frame, powder-coated steel panels
Designer
USM (Paul Schaerer & Fritz Haller)
Year
1961

Drawings include:
USM Haller File Credenza front elevation, front (objects and person), side, plan

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Edel Console
Scale comparison of the Edel Console with a standing man

The Edel Console is a wooden storage unit with six adjustable shelves and floor gliders. Behind the racks are spaces for routing cords that go through the bottom of the cabinet. The back is made of solid wood while the front has soft closing drawers.

The Edel Console has an overall height of 35” (89 cm), width of 42” (107 cm), and depth of 15.25” (39 cm).

Set of drawings of the Edel Console with dimensions
The Edel Console is a wooden storage unit with six adjustable shelves and floor gliders. Behind the racks are spaces for routing cords that go through the bottom of the cabinet. The back is made of solid wood while the front has soft closing drawers.

The Edel Console has an overall height of 35” (89 cm), width of 42” (107 cm), and depth of 15.25” (39 cm).

Set of drawings of the Edel Console with dimensions
Edel Console
Height:
35” | 89 cm
Width:
42” | 107 cm
Length:
Depth:
15.25” | 39 cm
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Materials
Solid oak or walnut structure; oak or walnut veneer chipboard frame
Designer
Thomas Jenkins & Sverre Uhnger
Year
2018

Drawings include:
Edel Console front elevation, front (objects and person), side, plan

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