Choosing the Right Sideboard

Choosing a sideboard might be on your agenda if you’re working on an interior design project or changing home furniture.  Whether scandinavian, industrial style, vintage or contemporary, the style is an important factor and should match the rest of the décor. But in order to make the best choice, it’s also important to consider the functional aspects: What needs to be stored inside? Where will it be used?

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  • How to Choose the Ideal Sideboard?

    Not every sideboard is the same, and while hunting for a sideboard, you will need to consider various options, so we’ve put together some tips. Whether you are buying a sideboard for a professional project or for your own home, this guide can help. When browsing for a sideboard, you will need to consider your options in regards to use (number of shelves, cupboards, drawers, height), types (low versus high sideboards, wall-mounted or stand-alone installation), styles, materials, placement, trends, and other options. Factors that will influence the cost of the sideboard include the brand, cost of materials, type of finish, and how it is made.

    • Types
    • Styles
    • Materials
    • Use
    • Trends and other options
  • Choosing Between Low and High Sideboards

    DALL'AGNES Low Sideboard

    DALL’AGNESE Low Sideboard

    The most significant benefit of low sideboards is that their storage units are easily accessible and they can be used as a display surface. Serving as a surface for lighting, memorabilia, art, photos or decorative objects, a low sideboard can contribute to the interior aesthetic of a home. Freestanding sideboards are easier to install than wall-mounted ones, but those who are looking for a more streamlined look might prefer the latter for its aesthetic. Still, a freestanding sideboard can also be used to separate or mark out different spaces, without requiring a fixed partition.

    TEMA HOME High Sideboard

    High sideboards are best when maximizing storage space is the goal. Customization is easier with more possibilities for drawers and doors. Table cloths, dishware, household objects; all of these can be tucked away yet remain easily accessible.  Some high sideboards may even have a worktop in the middle with cupboards at the top, which can be used as a preparation area.

    When choosing between the two, consider whether your priority is storage or keeping the room uncluttered. High sideboards may be a better solution for maximizing storage space, while low sideboards are perfect for small object displays, accessibility and keeping the space open.

  • What Should I Know about Sideboards with Long Legs?

    “Dusty nooks and crannies are within reach with the sideboard with long legs, which is easier to clean underneath than a sideboard with shorter legs. It can also be a dramatic statement piece in a home.”

  • What Should I Know about Wall-mounted Sideboards?

    MD HOUSE Wall-mounted Sideboard

    MD HOUSE Wall-mounted Sideboard

    Wall-mounted sideboards—or floating sideboards—do require more effort and know-how to install, but a legless design may be the perfect stream-lined aesthetic for a minimalistic room in the home or a professional environment. They are also easy to clean underneath.

    A wall-mounted sideboard might require a particular fixing system or wall plugs depending on its overall weight and the type of wall to be fixed to. Sometimes rail mounting systems or special fixings may be used to facilitate installation and better distribute the load of the sideboard.

  • What Are the Style Options for Sideboards?

    BOLIA Scandinavian Design Sideboard

    BOLIA Scandinavian Design Sideboard

    Lacquered or in unfinished wood, white, in vibrant colors; sideboards are available in all styles. If you are a fan of retro furniture, a low sideboard with legs and a simple streamlined design could be a great addition to a scandinavian style interior. If you prefer an industrial loft apartment ambiance, a sideboard in unfinished wood and metal will add character to your space. This style of sideboard is sometimes composed of many individual drawers and shelves with vintage handles, reminiscent of workshop storage equipment.

    HORM Original Design Sideboard

    HORM Original Design Sideboard

    For your dining area, kitchen, office or even entry, you can coordinate the style of your sideboard with other furniture or choose an original design piece that stands out. If you have enough space, consider varying the height of your furniture to add interest to your interior.

    Whether your style is more contemporary, classic or factory, there are a number of options to choose from on our site, from discrete functional sideboards to design pieces, creating a focal point in your environment.

  • What Material Options Exist for a Sideboard?

    IL PEZZO MANCANTE Wooden Sideboard

    IL PEZZO MANCANTE Wooden Sideboard

    The most common materials for sideboards include solid wood, manufactured boards and metal.

    Solid woods may be favored for their natural beauty and grain variations, as well as their longevity, range of tones and finishes. In general, solid wooden furniture ages well. While simpler designs are easier to sand down and refinish, more ornate sideboards may require a specialist for repair and maintenance.

    Sideboards in manufactured boards such as MDF and chipboards are often combined with veneers, laminates (ex. melamine laminate), lacquers or other coatings to offer a wide variety of finishes and colors. The longevity will depend on the type of manufactured board and finish chosen.  While laminates tend to be cheaper and have a wide range of surface finishes that can imitate the look of noble materials such as marble and wood, they may chip or become damaged over time. Plywood combines the benefits of manufactured boards and aesthetics of natural wood.

    Sideboards with metal panels tend to be much lighter, and may be available in a large range of colors and coatings. More unusual materials for the main panels/structure include glass, plastics such as plexiglass, and composite. While glass is normally used for a part of the sideboard such as door panels and shelving, there are some structural glass designs which can be used to display objects.

    Most other materials are normally incorporated into a part of the sideboard, such as the compartments, facades or the countertop. To create a unique design, sideboards may incorporate contrasting finishes and materials such as stone or metal inlays, leather upholstery, crystals and marquetry. The natural veining in marble can make it an attractive choice for a sideboard countertop. A sideboard incorporating stone is likely to be higher in price, but a marble top makes for a statement piece.
    Leather upholstered doors and trim are two finishes designers are incorporating to valorize this material’s warmth and patina. Semi-transparent drawers, revealing a subtle glimpse of what’s inside, is a trend that’s been spotted at recent trade shows. Sideboards in recycled or reclaimed material are more sustainable alternatives and are often unique.

  • What to Store in a Sideboard?

    Traditionally, a sideboard is used to arrange dining materials such as dishes, glasses, cutlery and trays. Whilst drawers might be more adapted for the storage of cutlery, cupboards may be more suitable for other elements such as glasses and dishes. A sideboard may also be used to arrange tablecloths, documents, media equipment and other household objects. It is important to consider what the sideboard will be used for in order to choose the configuration of shelving, cupboards and drawers.

  • What Trends and Other Options are Available for a Sideboard?

    As living spaces have become more flexible and multifunctional, sideboards now offer a wide variety of options to fit our modern needs for storage, technology and mobility.

    WEISHÄUPL Garden Sideboard

    A custom sideboard may be the best solution for complex spaces because the types of storage can be uniquely designed to fit individual needs. Flexibility is the selling point of modular sideboards, which can be switched up on a whim. Certain models may even include integrated seating. Space reconfiguration is a breeze with a sideboard on casters—just roll it to where it’s needed.

    Some sideboards are now designed to incorporate equipment normally associated with TV units, including integrated sound systems, compartments for media equipment or speakers, with features such as Bluetooth, iPhone/iPod docking stations and USB outlets. Customization may be required for cabling and power outlets. Some sideboards come with openings, while others require cutouts.

    There are even exterior sideboard models for dining and living spaces, which are constructed with weather resistant materials such as lacquered aluminum or teak.

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