Sideboard Ideas Around The Home

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Sideboards are one of the only pieces of furniture that can fit into any room of the home with ease. Welcoming visitors through the front door, a focal point for accessorising in the living room, or a safe place to store your fancy china, sideboards offer style and function in equal measure. Here’s how you can use this versatile piece of furniture around your home.

What room does a sideboard go in?

Traditionally, a sideboard goes in the dining room. Made from sturdy solid wood, your sideboard is the ideal solution for storing your dining room essentials: the roomy cupboards and spacious drawers make it perfect for storing plates and cutlery. It can even serve as a stylish spot for serving drinks thanks to its smooth surface and display potential. All our ranges sell sideboards, so you’ll always be able to find one that’ll pair beautifully with your dining table.

But, as mentioned, sideboards are actually stylish storage solutions for any room of the home - their potential is endless! That’s why we recommend loads of different ways to use a sideboard.

Can I put a sideboard in a living room?

Large grey painted sideboard

Image credit @thenortheastnook

In recent years, the sideboard has moved out of the dining room as people are finding they have use throughout the home. In a living room setting, you’re less likely to need the surface space for practical reasons. Instead, you can accentuate it with candles, photographs or lamps for a homely feel. Other living room sideboard decor ideas include cultivating a mini urban jungle or displaying a vinyl record player. For those who love the coordinated look, you can match yours with a coffee table or TV unit. For a look with difference, run yours along the back of your sofa.

Finding yourself overwhelmed with living room clutter? While plastic tubs may be useful for storing away your stuff, surely you’d want to opt for storage that’s a little more pleasing to the eye.

Alternatively, a sideboard can be used as a TV stand in a room that requires more storage (if, perhaps, your living room is on the cosy side) or when you want to make a little more of a style statement. Either way, there is plenty of room inside for all the unattractive boxes and wires that come with your media area.

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Can you put a sideboard in a bedroom?

The size of a sideboard is one thing to consider when investing in such a statement piece of furniture. Large sideboards are perfect for low-slung corners of the bedroom - perhaps underneath a ceiling alcove as they’re very easily slotted in. A small sideboard in particular can often be a more compact storage option for the bedroom; sideboards with drawers mean there’s a place for extra bedding when there might not be enough room in the wardrobe, for example. In a kid’s bedroom, a sideboard is the spot for toys, games and books and children will love our fun painted sideboards, available in a range of glossy colours.

Do you need a sideboard in dining room?

Light wood mango dining furniture

Image credit @miss_ashley_84

Sideboards in the dining room are often used to store the dining table accessories that are used only for special occasions: think champagne flutes for New Year, tablecloths for Christmas or placemats for Sunday roasts. It is the contemporary storage option where a display cabinet or dresser might not be to your personal taste, but you still need a safe spot for everyday essentials and the more fragile or special trinkets.

Can you put a sideboard in a hallway?

Small grey painted sideboard in hallway

Image credit @redrow_becca

A popular way to give your hallway some character is to slot a sideboard in it, especially in these hard-to-style areas. Offering more storage potential than a console table, a narrow sideboard can transform your entrance way into a charming, welcoming spot. As hallways tend to be slender, keep your sideboard decor minimal: a cute dish for keys, sat below a large clock or a vase for you to top up with fresh flowers.

For a more extensive look at smart storage options, check out our guide to maximising storage potential across your home. Otherwise, start browsing our full range of sideboards today.

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