Best UK sideboards: practical and stylish consoles for storage


Storage; we all need more. Enter the sideboard, a basic piece of furniture that, if chosen well, can provide a practical storage solution and add a stylish focal point to the room.

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The best sideboards for maximum storage and style

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Don’t sleep on the idea of ​​a sideboard: it’s a fabulous storage solution, allowing you to capitalize on cramped space available to you in a dining room, kitchen or hallway.

How to choose the right sideboard for my home

Essentially, a sideboard serves the same purpose as a console or chest of drawers – a piece of furniture designed with internal storage and for placing decorative items on top – but it is usually narrower or lower to the floor than a chest of drawers.

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When choosing a buffet, consider

  • in which room you place it.
  • what it’s for. Does it need shelving inside, for books, bedding or photo albums? Or would you be better served with an interior that has no shelves, to allow for duvets and pillows? Do you store children’s toys or electronics? In this case, several internal compartments of different sizes are invaluable for organization
  • what design, material, size and color to choose – it should be compatible with the rest of your decor

Once these details are substantiated, you will need to consider the dimensions. When measuring the space it sits in, remember that you will need a clearance of 60cm from other furniture in the room, to allow doors and drawers to open and to access the interior.

Whatever the preferred term, when considering how to choose a sideboard, the first thing to consider is the dimensions. Decide on its purpose and the room where you want to place it. Then consider the layout of the room and the rest of the furniture. If you need it for your dining room, pay attention to the size of your dining room set. Remember to place it at least 60 cm from other furniture, to allow doors and drawers to open.

What is the best height for a sideboard?

This, again, depends on your intended use. Usually sideboards have short (or sometimes not) legs, which means they are often 70-90cm high. Do you like to receive? It’s a convenient height, as you’ll be serving food or drinks for parties.

It is also a comfortable height to place a TV. However, if you’re placing your sideboard in the dining room, match its height to the dining table – it’s aesthetically more balanced that way.

Go down the hall? A generously long sideboard is great (you can never have too much storage) – a sideboard with three adjoining compartments or drawers will be incredibly practical (around 150cm is a good length for a standard hallway).

Which sideboard style and color should I choose?

Of course, you’ll want to choose a sideboard that complements the decor of the room it goes in, matching the color palette and style.

That said, if you’re placing crockery in your sideboard, you’ll want to choose one with doors (not drawers) for easy access. Glass doors are great for helping your kitchen feel light and airy, as too much wood can feel oppressive.

On the other hand, if you place the sideboard in a large room with lots of light, bulky wooden sideboards can look downright chic.

Which material should I choose for my storage unit?

A mix of wood, metal or glass is handy if you want a Scandinavian or minimalist vibe. Vintage style credenzas, especially in Art Deco fashion, are great if you want a piece of furniture that stands out, especially if you plan to place liquor or glassware in it (Art Deco + liquor bottles are a wedding made in Dorothy Parker’s Design of Heaven).

Can we put a serious word in favor of recycled wood as a material? It’s better for the environment, durable, fits most stylish homes, and timelessly chic.

If the chosen room is a little drab, a painted sideboard is ideal as a focal point (bright colors are ideal for a child’s room, while pastels and white are ideal for adding a romantic softness to a room).

To finish the look, consider placing indoor plants or treasured family photos on top, or elegant bottles of your favorite drink.

Swoon Ziggy Sideboard, Brass

Swoon Ziggy Sideboard, Brass

Dimensions: Height 75cm, Width 45cm, Length 120cm

Materials: stained and sealed mango wood, aged brass leaf, black painted legs

Spectacular. We can’t keep our eyes off this Art Deco-inspired brass sideboard from premier furniture suppliers, Swoon.

Perfect for adding a touch of luxury and style to an otherwise mundane room. The brass front means it can also stand up to deep colors or opulent furniture, if you have a darker room or velvet fabrics.

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Vox Nature small sideboard in white wood and oak effect

Vox Nature small sideboard in white wood and oak effect

Dimensions: Width: 120cm x Depth: 40cm x Height: 72cm

Materials: solid wood and laminate panel

Assembly required: Complete assembly required

Also available in wood, rather than white, it’s a jewel option for those of you who don’t have a lot of space in the room.

Two doors open to reveal two adjustable shelves. Ideal for hallways or children’s rooms.

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Hedra sideboard, mango wood and brass

Hedra sideboard, mango wood and brass

Dimensions: Height (cm)76Width (cm)112Depth (cm)45

Materials: Mango wood and brass-plated steel

Made always threads the needle of affordability and durability perfectly, and the fashionable mango wood Hedra sideboard is no exception.

It will remain permanently fashionable, with its subtle geometric design, while remaining in tune with the times. Two doors allow easy access and it is filled deep so you can store plenty of stuff inside.

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Nacula 74″ Wide 3-Drawer Buffet

Nacula 74″ Wide 3-Drawer Buffet

Dimensions: 82.9 cm H x 187.3 cm W x 41.1 cm D

Materials: Manufactured wood

Assembly required: Complete assembly required

If you like minimalist chic, this white finished sideboard is ideal for your living room.

A taller and thinner sideboard, with three shelves and three additional compartments (containing shelves themselves), is good if you need to classify a lot of household items, photo albums or electrical components.

Metal handles complete the look and give the piece a modern, sturdy and solid feel.

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Vintage Janerio mango wood sideboard

Vintage Janerio mango wood sideboard

Dimensions: Height87 x Width220 x Depth48cm

Assembly required: Complete assembly required

Made in India, this stunning sideboard is large and eye-catching, ideal for bringing warmth and character to your living room.

With four doors and three moveable shelves, it’s a pleasantly versatile piece – ideal for fitting whatever you’re looking to store at the time.

We love the vintage-inspired legs, thin and elegant, which prevent this piece from being oppressive, despite its size. And those colored doors? Manage the trick of being gorgeous, not flashy.

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Marcell wide sideboard, white

Marcell wide sideboard, white

Dimensions: Height (cm)60Width (cm)160Depth (cm)42

Materials: engineered wood, powder-coated steel

Long and low, very elegant, this sideboard has a touch of Tardis: you might think that, given its thinness, it won’t store much, but damn it, its capacity is impressive. Ideal in the hallway, it’s an organizer’s dream.

With minimalist metal handles and a plinth base, and a pleasant mix of drawers and cupboards inside.

Beautiful and of good quality, the drawers work well and you can adjust the height of the two shelves (one in each cupboard).

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Stow sideboard, vintage brass

Stow sideboard, vintage brass

Dimensions: Height (cm)82Width (cm)140Depth (cm)38

Materials: powder coated iron

Is your house cluttered? Do you have a lot of odds and ends that you need to keep, but don’t seem to live comfortably anywhere? It’s the answer to all your storage worries.

An apothecary style sideboard, it’s rendered in iron and rustic brass, to give it a modern, industrial flair – oh so cool and stylish.

If you’ve ever resisted filing cabinets because they’re ugly, this glamorous piece of furniture will convert you – and help organize your home at the same time.

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