Style on the Side: Sideboards for all Occasions

Does your kitchen worktop play host to wine glasses, candlesticks and stacks of napkins, leaving you little space to do the cooking? Do board games and cutlery clutter up you dining table? Do your serving dishes lack a proper home?

Help is at hand though, because in this Buyer’s Guide we’ll walk you through all the essential ‘need-to-knows’ about one of our favourite pieces of furniture. One which could potentially solve all of your storage woes. The iconic, endlessly versatile sideboard.

Style on the side: sideboards for all occasions: A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

When we call sideboards versatile, we mean just that. Modern sideboards are not limited to just your kitchen or dining room. With their flexible storage options they can just as easily find a home in your hallway, living room or even your home office.

What should  you consider before purchasing a sideboard?

Space – how much room do you have available for a sideboard? This will determine which size unit will suit your room as well as give you an idea of how much you can store inside…

Use – will your sideboard double up as a serving table in the dining room? Perhaps you’ll use it to house your best china, store the grandkid’s toys or keep all your files and office supplies in order. Think about your storage and usage needs to help you decide which style and size of sideboard will fit best into your home.

Cleaning and maintenance – you’ll want your sideboard to always look as good as the day you bought it. A tailored care plan will keep the wood looking beautiful as well as protect it from everyday wear, dust and dirt; products can include wax polish, beeswax, oil and furniture spray.

What look should you go for?

Style – we stock sideboards in a variety of modern or traditional styles. For our customers, that means you can choose between oak or pine, and a chunky design or elegant lines. Take your time to consider all of the styles – you never know, something you may have written off might just tick all of your boxes!

Handles – are you looking for traditional or modern handles? Cup handles offer a contemporary look whilst ornate metal handles and wooden knobs create a traditional feel; think about what will suit the style of your current furniture, unless you’re looking for something completely different!

Finish – from the modern hand painted look, the elegant lightly waxed finish, beautiful au naturel wood or a robust coating of lacquer, there’s a variety of finishes available to suit everyone’s individual needs and tastes.

Sideboard Buying Checklist

  • Measure the allocated space for your sideboard
  • What is the intended use – storage galore, everyday or occasional use?
  • Natural wood, lacquered, waxed or painted?
  • Cup, metal or wooden handles?
  • Find about about care and maintenance to help keep your new sideboard in tip top condition.

If you’d like to take a closer look at our range of stunning sideboards, simply click here or visit our Banbury or Bicester stores!

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