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10 best sideboards to store your crockery in style

Keep TV cables hidden and stash away your Sunday best dishes with one of these

No longer something that belongs the Fifties, the term sideboard has come to cover a lot of furniture styles ( iStock/ The Independent )

Choosing the perfect sideboard for your living space isn’t easy.

It needs to suit your interior style, fit the space, look great and offer sufficient and flexible storage space.

If, as is often the case now, you plan to use your sideboard as a media unit, it will need outlets for cabling and internal compartments built for set-top-boxes and possibly gaming equipment.

Alternatively, if you will be using your sideboard in its more traditional role, installing it in your dining space to hold glasses, drinks, crockery and cutlery, or in a bedroom or hallway for additional storage space, it needs suitable internal shelving or drawers and maybe a wipeable top surface.

Whatever look and feel you’re after, from more classic period-style pieces to sleek contemporary units, there are sideboards to suit every function, interior and price point.

Some units will involve an element of self-assembly, so if this isn’t your thing, check before you buy.

John Lewis & Partners yoko sideboard: £699, John Lewis & Partners

Dimensions: H70cm x W120cm x D42cm

This gently curved dark oak veneer unit balanced on slim trumpet legs with delicate brass-effect handles oozes understated elegance and will add a touch of luxury to any room. The two hinged doors open to reveal two fixed shelves providing four storage compartments, ideal for glasses and crockery, and the top offers a useful display area for statement vases, candle sticks and attractive servingware. Measuring just over a metre wide, this unit is ideal for a compact, formal dining area.

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John & Sylvia Reid s-range sideboard: £1,850, John & Sylvia Reid

Dimensions: H70cm x W137cm x D 45.5cm 

Mid-century modern furniture designers, John and Sylvia Reid, designed this striking sideboard in the 1960s and it was manufactured by Stag Furniture in Nottingham. This teak and beech veneer unit has been recreated and handcrafted from the original design. It features drawers constructed with finger jointing on traditional wooden runners and within there are two pull-out adjustable sections with a removable felt-lined cutlery tray and an adjustable shelf. Sitting on v-shaped, brushed nickel legs, this piece almost appears to float above the floor, which will help make the room it sits in feel more spacious. A lovely retro sideboard for a formal lounge or dining space.

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Oak Furnitureland Hercules large sideboard: £579, Oak Furnitureland

Dimensions: H85cm x W171cm x D41cm

Its large proportions make this rustic-style sideboard best suited to a fairly substantially sized room. Crafted from solid oak, it’s built to last and will withstand the inevitable knocks of a busy household. With two large cupboards and four deep dovetail-jointed drawers, it offers plenty of hidden storage, while the wide top can be used as a serving space or provide a useful display area for houseplants, vases and other attractive ornaments. A sturdy timeless classic sideboard, ideal for a large entrance hallway or dining area.

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Content by Terrence Conran stanford sideboard: £1,199, Content by Terrence Conran

Dimensions: H65cm x W150cm x D50cm

Borrowing from the traditional parquet-floor pattern, the diagonal lines on the lacquered door and drawer fronts of this asymmetrical unit form a striking chevron design. The white satin gloss frame provides a practical, wipeable top surface and hidden within are two deep cupboards and two drawers for a mix of storage solutions. A new piece from the Sir Terence Conran design house that is bound to become a 21st century style classic.

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Atkin and Thyme milligan retro media unit: £399, Atkin and Thyme

Dimensions: H62cm x W110cm x D50cm

With an open back for feeding cables and aerial leads through and a mix of hidden and open storage, this quirky sideboard, made from sustainable mango hardwood, is specially designed to fit a set-top-box and other media accessories. With a miss match of unit fronts, and a mix of iron, bone and cut-glass handles, this compact sideboard, to which the legs need to be fitted, is guaranteed to add a sense of fun to any interior. This is a cute, practical, reasonably-priced sideboard made for screen time.

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Dutchbone gabor sideboard: £889, Cuckooland

Dimensions:  H77cm x W170cm x D45cm

Created by Dutch furniture brand Dutchbone, this acacia veneer sideboard is a stylish and hugely practical piece of furniture. Not only does it feature a built-in wine rack, there is a cable outlet at the back so that a set-top box, games console or sound system can be hidden away behind the sliding door when not in use and wine glasses can be kept in the other cupboard. Requiring self-assembly, this is a timeless classic piece of multitasking furniture, ideal for wine-lovers.

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Ligne Roset kermes sideboard with lavender blue interior: £1,364, Heals

Dimensions: H125cm x W120cm x D40cm

Designed by Evangelos Vasileiou for French design house Ligne Roset, this sleek open display sideboard has a satin-finish black-stained MDF exterior and a contrasting lavender blue lacquered interior. Balanced on slender angled legs that make it easy to clean beneath, this is a wonderful piece of 1960s-inspired furniture and a place where beautiful items can be neatly displayed.

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Habitat max oiled oak three door sideboard: £595, Habitat

Dimensions: H63cm x W180cm x D45cm

Sitting flat on the floor and built from oiled solid oak and oak veneer with handleless slatted louvre-style door fronts, this simple but stylish unit will work well in either a bedroom or a living space. Within are three adjustable shelves offering versatile storage and, as its base sits directly along the floor, there is no risk of dust getting trapped under the unit. A versatile piece of furniture that requires self-assembly.

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Next Lloyd sideboard: £699, Next

Dimensions: H74.5cm x W140cm x D39cm

Crafted from solid mango wood with brass-effect door handles and geometric door fronts, this unit is the ultimate in vintage chic. Containing three roomy drawers and two cupboards with internal shelving, this piece is ideal for storing napkins, placemats, cutlery, crockery and glasses and so sits well alongside a dining table. Requiring minimal self-assembly, this is the perfect storage unit for a formal dining area.

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Modish Living Savannah small reclaimed wood sideboard: £419, Modish Living

Dimensions: H89.5cm x W L110cm x D45cm

This compact traditional dresser-base-style sideboard has a vintage reclaimed lacquered wooden top – interestingly sourced from old demolished buildings in Vietnam – and a crisp white-painted base. With two cup-handled drawers and cupboard space beneath, it offers useful hidden storage, plus display or serving space. A lovely hard-hard-wearing unit for a more informal dining space, kitchen or entrance hallway.

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The Verdict: Sideboards

Each of these sideboards is highly functional with a unique look and feel. The one unit that stands out from the rest, however, is John Lewis & Partners’ yoko sideboard. Its simple curved elegance achieves something rare in design: it manages to be both eye-catching and classy. It’s a beautiful, practical and sophisticated piece of furniture that will never date. 

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