Sideboards are traditionally a rectangular, waist-height unit that (unsurprisingly) sits against the longest wall in the dining room, providing valuable storage space. Before fitted kitchens, sideboards were used to bolster dining room storage as their boxy proportions were perfectly designed to house cutlery and serving ware for Sunday best. Today, sideboards have a myriad of uses from a home to a record collection to a cocktail hour mini bar! Here at the Wooden Furniture Store, we think that they are a modern home furnishing must-have and here's why we think every home needs a sideboard.....
An additional serving surface
When your entertaining in your dining room, do you wish there was an area that could give you an extra set of hands, perhaps some sort of staging area for the delicious meal that you've prepared? Sideboards offer just that, as they sit to the side of the dining room table and enable you to have a display area for food and drink. Perfect with Christmas just around the corner.
Impressively proportioned and offering a huge amount of storage space, your dining room would look really special with our best selling Mobel Oak sideboard. With six roomy drawers and two cupboards, it's finished with sleek steel bar handles which contrast superbly with the richly grained oak to make it ideal for both contemporary and traditional style dining rooms.
Sideboards offer an incredible amount of storage. They will typically have a combination of drawers and a cupboard behind doors, making it easy to stay organised. Sideboards are the perfect storage solution, effectively hiding clutter of all shapes and sizes, whether it's mismatched plates or napkins, cutlery sets that only see daylight at special occasions or ugly wedding presents you can’t quite bear to throw out.
When it’s full of all your cutlery, table linen, cups, glasses and other tableware, you can then admire the beautiful appearance of the impressively proportioned Shiro Walnut large sideboard. Superbly crafted from solid walnut and finished with a clear lacquer to highlight the rich grain, it will be a commanding presence in your dining room. With it's rounded edges and stylish steel handles it has three dovetailed drawers and two roomy cupboards with shelves to keep everything super-organised.
Somewhere to display your favourite objects
Even though sideboards are intended to free up your hands when entertaining and serving meals, the flat top also make beautiful display areas. Add visual interest to your dining room when the sideboard isn’t in use but don’t clutter the sideboard with lots of Knick knacks or it will lose its visual interest. A good-looking sideboard can ‘finish’ a room, providing an extra style note, creating a feature along an otherwise blank wall and providing a home for artworks or vases See our previous blog about how to style your furniture.
The expansive top of the Urban Chic ultra large sideboard is a great place to display family photographs, treasured ornaments or vases of flowers - or even a combination of all three, it's certainly big enough. The sideboard is made from reclaimed wood, each piece is 100% unique and has lots of character from the different grain patterns, knots, colour and uneven edges found in salvaged wood. To complete this truly individual piece of furniture, the sideboard is finished with blackened steel outer frame and drawer fronts.
No set dimensions
While most sideboards tend to be long and rectangular, there is no set dimension or style for a sideboard, so why not try somethings that's creative and unique? But don't take our word for it, here's the three best sellers our customers have been purchasing this month.
Boasting contemporary style, this beautiful and practical Mayan Walnut console table will bring plentiful storage and fresh appeal to your dining room as well as your hallway. Ideal as a striking standalone piece, it will also combine beautifully with other pieces from the Shiro Walnut dining range. With four roomy drawers and three open cubbies with wicker baskets, it will keep all your table linen, cutlery and tea towels organised in modern style.
This Mobel Oak small sideboard is compact, practical and will slot in where it’s needed in amy dining room. It offers natural warmth and has well proportioned space with its two drawers and two cupboards. This timeless sideboard is built to last from solid oak and the unique beauty of the wood is enhanced by a layer of protective lacquer.
Storage doesn’t just need to be functional, our Nine Schools cabinet can be used to give your dining room a whole new focal point. Taking influences from eastern design in its timeless simplicity, the elegant, streamlined appearance of this cupboard will bring a touch of class to any space. Constructed using poplar wood, the cabinet has a high gloss black lacquer varnish and is hand finished with gold leaf around the edge and has a distinctive antiqued metal catch.
Sideboards can add splash of colour
One great way to add colour to your dining room is through the sideboard. Historically sideboards were made from wood and only the stain varied the colour. Today, there are as many materials for sideboards as cabinetry from slick contemporary finishes in bold colours to traditional painted wood. Your dining room will love that punch of colour to enliven the room and give visual support to the dining room table and chairs.
Give your dining room a relaxed vintage feel with this retro-style Coastal Chic small sideboard. It not only looks amazing, it’s unique too, thanks to the distinct character of reclaimed wood used, each piece is truly individual with its own story to tell. With it's combination of colourful distressed wood and tapered steel legs, the sideboard makes bold style statement and adds another layer of texture to your interior space.
We hope that you agreed that every home needs a sideboard! These are just a few of the designs that we stock, the entire selection can be viewed here. Readers, how to you utilize a sideboard? We’d love to know what uses you have for yours!