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The Essential Guide to the Sideboard

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Though sideboards were originally created as additional serving surfaces for dining rooms, they’ve come a long way, baby, and we’re totally convinced that they’re one of the most useful pieces around. Thanks to their wide-ranging styles and versatile functionality, they make a great addition to every room of the house. See how they shine in bedrooms, offices, and beyond.

 

Photo by Roger Davies/Interior Archive

Photo by Roger Davies/Interior Archive

In Your Bedroom

Dressers tend to be the go-to storage solution for most bedrooms, but a sideboard can tuck into low-slung spaces such as under a window sash while still giving you plenty of places to stash your stuff. Many include a combo of drawers (for socks and undies) and adjustable shelves (for jeans, shirts, and sweaters), and all provide a pretty surface for displaying books, baubles, and trinkets.

Photo by Andrew Twort/Interior Archive

Photo by Andrew Twort/Interior Archive

In Your Living Room

When it comes to your family room, the sideboard can function in a million-and-one ways: Set your TV on top and hide your electronic equipment within. Arrange it back to back with a “floating” couch (one that’s not flush against a wall) in an open-plan room to help define multiple spaces. Or place it under a hanging mirror or painting to create a stylish vignette.

Photo by William Waldron/Contour by Getty Images

Photo by William Waldron/Contour by Getty Images

In Your Office

Sideline those standard filing cabinets and work in a sideboard instead. The drawers can corral loose bits and bobs such as paper clips and boxes of staples, while the shelves can be sized for folders. (Tip: Keep them organized with end tabs.) And anywhere in your house, a sleek, simple sideboard is the perfect counterpart to a busy salon-style art wall.

Photo by Douglas Gibb/Gap Interiors

Photo by Douglas Gibb/Gap Interiors

In Your Hallway

Hallways are often the no-man’s-land of home design: neglected spaces that receive a painting on the wall—maybe. If yours is wide enough, invest in a narrow sideboard, which will make your hallway look as considered as the rest of your house and can moonlight as storage for clean sheets and towels.

Photo by Uwe Gaertner/Gap Interiors

Photo by Uwe Gaertner/Gap Interiors

In Your Flex Space

With their length and clean lines, sideboards can help define hard-to-style areas like foyers and under-the-stair nooks. And unlike their cousin, the long and lean console table, sideboards significantly up your storage capacity.

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