Synonymous with Seventies suburbia, this is a furniture piece that was once confined to the dining room – its purpose to house our best crockery and glassware, keeping it safely stored away to bring out only on special occasions.
But just as separate dining rooms have faded with the last century (open-plan living has seen to that), so has the notion of keeping things for “best”. Enter the contemporary sideboard, a stylish, functional and versatile unit that’s more than earned its place in the modern living space.
Today’s sideboards often pay homage to their mid-century predecessors with materials such as walnut and teak offering a rich and homely warmth.
But where many of them differ is an added element of glamour – a flash of gold or a rich textural accent – that brings them up to date and in line with our current obsession with luxury, and stylish home entertaining.
This elongated unit needs careful consideration when measuring up. Some cupboard doors open outwards while others boast streamlined sliding doors, so think about regular access and award your sideboard the space it deserves.
And where some are indulgently wide furniture pieces, others stop short at around 100cm in width – ideal for those with a smaller floor plan to play with.
Our roundup of the best sideboards comprises a range of styles and price points, but all of them were chosen for their successful combination of form and functionality.
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