Unlike a dresser a sideboard is designed purely for concealed storage, although the top surface is often put to use as a display area for candlesticks, vases of flowers and other potential centrepieces outside of meal times. In a dining room a sideboard provides handy storage for crockery, cutlery and table linens within easy reach of the table. In a kitchen a sideboard works as an addition to the fitted units, creating a more portable storage zone and a further work or display surface. The height of a sideboard is typically slightly lower than that of a dining table, as it is designed to be a complementary piece rather than the main focal point. Although the sideboard has been in existence in one form or another since the seventeenth century as a functional item of furniture, it has enjoyed a revamp in recent years, and there are now many highly attractive sideboards which add to the visual aspect of the dining room rather than simply blending into the background.