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The Ultimate Sideboard Guide: Modern, Mid Century, and Contemporary Styles

Sideboards, also known as buffets and cabinets, are versatile pieces of furniture that have been a popular choice for home decor since the 1960s. These low-profile storage and display units can be found in various styles, each offering unique features and designs to suit your needs. Whether you're looking for a modern sideboard, mid-century modern sideboard, contemporary sideboard, or something in between, this guide will help you navigate the world of sideboards and make an informed decision.

What is a Sideboard, and Why the Different Names?

A sideboard is a long, low storage unit often placed against a wall. These pieces of furniture typically feature cabinets, drawers, and shelves, providing ample space for storing tableware, linens, and various other items. The name "sideboard" is derived from its traditional use in dining rooms, where it was placed on one side to serve food and display dishes during meals.

Now, the term "buffet" is frequently used interchangeably with "sideboard" and lacks a strict differentiation in modern usage. Essentially, sideboards and buffets share similarities in design and function. There are subtle distinctions that set them apart, but to make thing easier, you'll find all of our storage cabinet and shelving type products in our Sideboards & Cabinets collection

Baza 4 Door Sideboard Cabinet Fluted Black Oak

Baza 4 Door Sideboard Cabinet Fluted Black Oak

Where Can Sideboards Be Used?

Sideboards are incredibly versatile and can be used in various areas of your home. Here are some of the most popular locations:

  1. As a Media Stand: Place your sideboard in the living room and position the TV on or over it. Use it to neatly store all of your media equipment and lounge essentials within reach, keeping your living space organised and stylish.

  2. Behind the Sofa: If your sofa is positioned in the middle of a room, placing a sideboard behind it can complete the look while providing a convenient surface for items within easy reach.

  3. In the Entrance of Your Home: Create an inviting entrance by placing a modern sideboard softly illuminated by a table lamp. A long mirror above the sideboard can enhance the spacious feel. They're a safe space to store keys and other items you need when leaving the house.

  4. In a Hallway: Much like the entrance, a sideboard can be an excellent addition to your hallway. It won't overwhelm the space and can be adorned with a table lamp and modern artwork to complete the look.

  5. In the Bedroom: Sideboards have a place in the bedroom too. Use them as a media stand, or storage for books, handbags, shoes, clothes, and more. A sideboard is a good freestanding alternative to wall shelving, offering both style and functionality.

  6. In the Dining Room: Naturally, the sideboard has a place in the dining room. It provides much needed storage space for cutlery, dishes, and glasses. You can also display decorations and even your favourite bottles on top of the sideboard or use it as a serving table for dishes and food.

Newton 4 Door Sideboard Buffet Chalk

Newton 4 Door Sideboard Buffet Chalk

Sideboards in the Dining Room: A Closer Look

When choosing a sideboard for your dining room, there are some things that should be considered:

  1. Height Matters: The height of the sideboard should be higher than 75cm, as most dining tables are around 75cm in height. This height differential provides a visual cue, allowing your eyes to move up from the dining table to the sideboard.

  2. Matching Not Required: Contrary to popular belief, your sideboard doesn't have to match your dining table perfectly. The dining table should be the focal point in the room, and the sideboard serves as a supporting piece. As long as there's one similar element, such as black legs in both pieces, they will complement each other beautifully.

  3. Proportion is Key: Sideboards come in various sizes, typically ranging from 160cm to 220cm wide. It's important to choose a sideboard that is proportionate to your dining table. Ideally, it should not be longer than the length of your table, as an oversized sideboard can divert attention from your table's presence.

Jade Sideboard with Wine Storage Taupe

Jade Sideboard with Wine Storage Taupe

Choosing the right sideboard for your home involves considering its placement, style, and how it complements other furniture in your space. By keeping these factors in mind and exploring modern, mid-century, and contemporary options, you can find the perfect sideboard to enhance your home's aesthetics and functionality. Whether you're aiming for a trendy modern sideboard, a classic mid-century modern sideboard, or a sleek contemporary sideboard, the possibilities are as varied as your personal style and preferences.

If you're finding it difficult to choose a modern sideboard from our collection or need assistance in making your selection, don't hesitate to get in touch with our dedicated team of experts. They are always ready to provide guidance, answer your questions, and help you make an informed choice that perfectly suits your style and functional requirements. Your ideal sideboard is just a step away from becoming a beautiful and functional addition to your home.


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