Sideboards and buffets were traditionally reserved for the dining room where they would store crockery and glassware while giving you a place to display photos or flowers. However, as our layouts changed – hello open plan living – so did the application of this piece of furniture. Nowadays, they are centrepieces of style and function and have earned their place in the modern home.
So, how do you go about finding the perfect sideboard? In this guide, we’ll explore all the aspects that need considering, taking into account vital points such as what shape and style will suit your accommodation best. From a wide range of sideboards on offer, we have narrowed down our top ten from brands such as John Lewis and Argos Home, each offering its own unique storage system.
A traditional sideboard takes the form of a low piece of furniture that usually measures no more than 100 cm in height. The storage is easily accessible and can be drawers, doors or both, while the tabletop is the perfect display surface for both functional and decorative items such as lighting, art or trinkets.
Most commonly they are free-standing units (which all of our picks are), but there are occasionally some wall-mounted options. They come in a wide array of different styles from traditional chest-like options to mid-century modern and Art Deco, so you’ll never be stuck finding something that suits your home and your tastes.
Dresser sideboards are different in the way that they are taller rather than wider. Therefore, they tend to be narrower, which is ideal if you’re low on floor space but still require some extra storage. They too utilise both drawers and doors, but you may also find some open storage cubes or shelves.
One facet unique to dresser styles is that glass can be used for the compartments. This makes the item look like a display unit, which might not be ideal if you’re trying to hide clutter but may be desirable if you’d like to exhibit your glassware. A person does have to consider the room when buying a dresser sideboard as they can become overbearing rather quickly and make the room feel smaller.
The number one function of a sideboard, whether in a traditional or contemporary home, is that of a storage unit. Thus, it makes sense to consider the storage type and volume offered by the various options available. The most common options include:
Last but not least, you’ll want to consider the materials. As with most furniture, solid woods are favoured as the highest-quality option, but they’ll be considerably heavier and more expensive. Manufactured boards, such as plywood or MDF, can be used in conjunction with solid woods or steel frames and help keep both the cost and weight down. Steel frames aren't common but assist in the solidity.
Talking of finishes, the materials used will also dictate this to a certain degree. So, if you’re after a unit for a traditionally styled home, darker woods may work better. On the flip side, lighter wood finishes work better with contemporary décor. Or, you can always opt for the classic black or white painted wood to take away the fear of clashing with other furniture.
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of sideboards available and understand how our ranking was determined.
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
John Lewis & Partners
John Lewis & Partners
John Lewis & Partners
John Lewis & Partners
Black Wood Sideboard
Free Standing Sideboard, Walnut
Grayson TV Stand Sideboard
ANYDAY Mix it Double White Unit
Cambourne 3 Door 3 Drawer Sideboard - Sonoma Oak Effect
Frame Storage Cabinet
Corona Large Sideboard
Sideboard Storage Cabinet
Harvard TV Stand Sideboard
A Neutral Sideboard With Multiple Storage Options, Perfect for Modern Home
A Smart Dresser With a Significant Amount of Storage Space for the Money
Achieve the Mid-Century Modern Aesthetic With a Retro-Inspired Sideboard/TV Stand
Disney-Esque Sideboard With Curved Surfaces, Perfect for a Kid’s Room or Nursery
High-Quality, Large Dresser With 3 Big Cubes and 2 Doors for a Reasonable Price
An Affordable Solution With 3 Drawers and 3 Cupboards for a Clutter-Free Home
An Ink Blue, Solid Oak Sideboard for Displaying Collections and Decorations
The Perfect Hallway Sideboard With Top Drawers and Space for a Shoe Rack
A Scandinavian Dresser Sideboard, Ideal for Those Who Want Plenty of Open Storage
A Versatile, Art Deco-Inspired Piece Made From MDF That Makes a Great TV Stand
|Dimensions||100 x 66 x 40 cm||123 x 80 x 23.5 cm||120 x 57.5 x 40 cm||80 x 80 x 40 cm||199 x 60 x 38 cm||120 x 39 x 85 cm||110 x 79 x 42 cm||125 x 76 x 40 cm||120 x 85 x 30 cm||160 x 75 x 40 cm|
|Storage||2 drawers, 3 cubes, 1 door||4 cubes, 2 doors||2 doors||2 drawers, 2 doors (with shelves)||4 cubes, 2 doors (with shelves)||3 drawers, 3 doors (with shelves)||2 doors (with shelves)||5 drawer, 2 door (with shelves)||5 cubes, 2 doors (with shelf)||4 doors (with shelves)|
|Materials||Wood||Pinewood, particle board||American walnut, MDF||Pinewood, MDF||Unknown||Engineered Wood||Solid oak, glass||Pinewood||Wood||MDF, steel|
|Finish||Black||Dark wood||Natural wood||White||White||Oak effect||Blue||Natural wood||White||Grey and wood|
|Weight||32 kg||21 kg||33 kg||31 kg||Unknown||49.8 kg||48.8 kg||43 kg||26.5 kg||55 kg|
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Dimensions||100 x 66 x 40 cm|
|Storage||2 drawers, 3 cubes, 1 door|
|Dimensions||123 x 80 x 23.5 cm|
|Storage||4 cubes, 2 doors|
|Materials||Pinewood, particle board|
|Dimensions||120 x 57.5 x 40 cm|
|Materials||American walnut, MDF|
|Dimensions||80 x 80 x 40 cm|
|Storage||2 drawers, 2 doors (with shelves)|
|Dimensions||199 x 60 x 38 cm|
|Storage||4 cubes, 2 doors (with shelves)|
|Dimensions||120 x 39 x 85 cm|
|Storage||3 drawers, 3 doors (with shelves)|
|Dimensions||110 x 79 x 42 cm|
|Storage||2 doors (with shelves)|
|Materials||Solid oak, glass|
|Dimensions||125 x 76 x 40 cm|
|Storage||5 drawer, 2 door (with shelves)|
|Dimensions||120 x 85 x 30 cm|
|Storage||5 cubes, 2 doors (with shelf)|
|Dimensions||160 x 75 x 40 cm|
|Storage||4 doors (with shelves)|
|Finish||Grey and wood|
Written and researched by Lewis Clark
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