Arwen Alder Drawer Cabinet , type of furniture that originated in the Middle Ages as a board or table for cups. The word also may have been used for a stepped sideboard and later for open shelves, both to display plate. Cupboards are typically considered general-purpose storage or for food and dishes. Some cupboards are built into a wall, like a closet, while others are freestanding cabinets. A cupboard usually has doors that open and shelves inside, for storage. This Diem Pine Cabinet Natural is best for your drinks bottles.