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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. 

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  • Last updated: 26-08-2022
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How to Choose a Sideboard in the UK

Key Points to Consider

  1. Consider Your Available Space and the Purpose of the Sideboard Before Deciding
  2. Seek Out the Storage Options You Require in Your Home
  3. Opt For Solid Wood if You Want a Long-Lasting, High-Quality Piece

1. Decide Between a Traditional Sideboard or a Dresser Depending on Your Available Space and Purpose for the Unit

1. Decide Between a Traditional Sideboard or a Dresser Depending on Your Available Space and Purpose for the Unit

Go For a Traditional Sideboard for a Long, Low Surface That’s Perfect for Displaying Flowers and Decorative Items

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. 

Opt For a Dresser Sideboard to Create More Storage in Areas With Minimal Floor Space

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.  

2. Choose Between Open or Closed Drawers, Doors and Shelves Depending on What You’ll Be Storing

2. Choose Between Open or Closed Drawers, Doors and Shelves Depending on What You’ll Be Storing

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:


  • Drawers - Drawers will likely be shallow and work best when used for smaller items. It’s often that place in the house where your stuff drawer is, where you’ll find batteries, old iPod headphones and a few biros.
  • Doors - Doors will be larger compartments, either as one bigger space or with shelves inside to double up on storage. However, as you'll probably have to assemble the unit, if you don’t want the shelves, you don’t have to have them. 
  • Cubes -  Open sections, though not always cube-shaped. These are good for storing objects or utensils that you use daily as they’re easy to get to. Either that or they work well as a space to place decorative items. 

3. Select either a Solid Wood, PDF or Steel Frame Depending on Your Budget and Personal Style

3. Select either a Solid Wood, PDF or Steel Frame Depending on Your Budget and Personal Style

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.  

Compare the Best Sideboards

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:

  1. BTM - Black Wood Sideboard for £82.99
  2. HOMCOM - Free Standing Sideboard, Walnut for £57.99
  3. John Lewis & Partners - Grayson TV Stand Sideboard for £450.00
  4. Argos Home - Serenity Sideboard for £99.00
  5. John Lewis & Partners - ANYDAY Mix it Double White Unit for £350.00


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.

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BTM Black Wood Sideboard 1

BTM

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HOMCOM Free Standing Sideboard, Walnut 1

HOMCOM

3
John Lewis & Partners Grayson TV Stand Sideboard 1

John Lewis & Partners

4
Argos Home Serenity Sideboard 1

Argos Home

5
John Lewis & Partners ANYDAY Mix it Double White Unit 1

John Lewis & Partners

6
ValuFurniture Cambourne 3 Door 3 Drawer Sideboard - Sonoma Oak Effect 1

ValuFurniture

7
John Lewis & Partners Frame Storage Cabinet 1

John Lewis & Partners

8
Mercers Furniture Corona Large Sideboard 1

Mercers Furniture

9
Meerveil Sideboard Storage Cabinet 1

Meerveil

10
John Lewis & Partners Harvard TV Stand Sideboard 1

John Lewis & Partners

Name

Black Wood Sideboard

Free Standing Sideboard, Walnut

Grayson TV Stand Sideboard

Serenity 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

Features

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

Price£82.99£57.99£450.00£99.00£350.00£178.01£499.00£113.99£87.99£699.00
StyleTraditionalDresserTraditionalTraditionalDresserTraditionalDresserTraditionalDresserTraditional
Dimensions100 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 cm110 x 79 x 42 cm 125 x 76 x 40 cm 120 x 85 x 30 cm 160 x 75 x 40 cm
Storage2 drawers, 3 cubes, 1 door4 cubes, 2 doors2 doors2 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)
MaterialsWoodPinewood, particle boardAmerican walnut, MDFPinewood, MDFUnknownEngineered WoodSolid oak, glassPinewoodWoodMDF, steel
FinishBlackDark woodNatural woodWhiteWhiteOak effectBlueNatural woodWhiteGrey and wood
Weight32 kg 21 kg 33 kg 31 kg Unknown49.8 kg 48.8 kg43 kg 26.5 kg 55 kg
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10 Best Sideboards in the UK

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.

1

BTMBlack Wood Sideboard

£82.99

StyleTraditional
Dimensions100 x 66 x 40 cm
Storage2 drawers, 3 cubes, 1 door
MaterialsWood
FinishBlack
Weight32 kg
2

HOMCOMFree Standing Sideboard, Walnut

£57.99

StyleDresser
Dimensions123 x 80 x 23.5 cm
Storage4 cubes, 2 doors
MaterialsPinewood, particle board
FinishDark wood
Weight21 kg
3

John Lewis & PartnersGrayson TV Stand Sideboard

£450.00

StyleTraditional
Dimensions120 x 57.5 x 40 cm
Storage2 doors
MaterialsAmerican walnut, MDF
FinishNatural wood
Weight33 kg
4

Argos HomeSerenity Sideboard

£99.00

StyleTraditional
Dimensions80 x 80 x 40 cm
Storage2 drawers, 2 doors (with shelves)
MaterialsPinewood, MDF
FinishWhite
Weight31 kg
5

John Lewis & PartnersANYDAY Mix it Double White Unit

£350.00

StyleDresser
Dimensions199 x 60 x 38 cm
Storage4 cubes, 2 doors (with shelves)
MaterialsUnknown
FinishWhite
WeightUnknown
6

ValuFurnitureCambourne 3 Door 3 Drawer Sideboard - Sonoma Oak Effect

£178.01

StyleTraditional
Dimensions120 x 39 x 85 cm
Storage3 drawers, 3 doors (with shelves)
MaterialsEngineered Wood
FinishOak effect
Weight49.8 kg
7

John Lewis & PartnersFrame Storage Cabinet

£499.00

StyleDresser
Dimensions110 x 79 x 42 cm
Storage2 doors (with shelves)
MaterialsSolid oak, glass
FinishBlue
Weight48.8 kg
8

Mercers FurnitureCorona Large Sideboard

£113.99

StyleTraditional
Dimensions125 x 76 x 40 cm
Storage5 drawer, 2 door (with shelves)
MaterialsPinewood
FinishNatural wood
Weight43 kg
9

MeerveilSideboard Storage Cabinet

£87.99

StyleDresser
Dimensions120 x 85 x 30 cm
Storage5 cubes, 2 doors (with shelf)
MaterialsWood
FinishWhite
Weight26.5 kg
10

John Lewis & PartnersHarvard TV Stand Sideboard

£699.00

StyleTraditional
Dimensions160 x 75 x 40 cm
Storage4 doors (with shelves)
MaterialsMDF, steel
FinishGrey and wood
Weight55 kg

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