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

Sideboards, also referred to as buffets and cabinets, are versatile pieces of furniture that have been a popular choice for home decor since the 1960s. These 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, our guide will help you navigate the wide selection of sideboards and make an informed decision to which best suits your home.

What is a Sideboard, and why the different names?

A sideboard is a long, low storage unit typically placed against a wall. These pieces of furniture 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.

Lowry Sideboard - room

Where can sideboards be used?

Sideboards can be incredibly versatile and used in various spaces 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. 

  4. In a Hallway: Much like the entrance, a sideboard can be a great addition to your hallway. It won't take over the space and can be adorned with a table lamp and pictures / art to complete the look.

  5. 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.

Bergen Wine Cabinet - interior

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.

Woburn Sideboard - room

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 from Larry O'Keeffe Furniture.

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