Best midcentury sideboards to buy in 2022
MIDCENTURY interiors are having a moment once again – so we've hunted down the best midcentury sideboards to tap into the classic trend.
If you've been paying attention to TikTok lately, you'll know that the mid-20th century aesthetic is very much back in vogue: think rich teak woods, clean modernist lines and tapered or hairpin legs.
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Of course, not everyone is a whizz at sourcing a midcentury bargain: finding a gem of an Ercol, G-Plan or Stag piece takes time, patience and a whole lot of man-with-a-van quotes.
Plus, unless you're willing to put in some hard graft to restore a beautiful piece yourself, let it be known that midcentury furniture is spen-ny… some pieces reach in the thousands!
Luckily, the high street and online retailers are filled with reproduction furniture and midcentury modern-inspired designs that look just as good as the real thing. And often, they're packed with features more fitting to 21st-century demands: from tech storage to pre-cut cable holes.
With sideboards being a stylish, practical and super-popular item for tapping into midcentury style, we've rounded up the best midcentury sideboards here – whatever your budget.
What is a midcentury sideboard?
A midcentury sideboard is normally a fairly wide and low piece of furniture, often with cupboard doors and/or drawers – although open shelving is also common.
Whether it's an original vintage piece or a design that takes inspiration from the features of the period, you'll recognise midcentury sideboards for their solid construction, sleek lines and rich woods: from teak and walnut, to rattan and bamboo detailing.
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1. Best for authentic, no-frills design: Maisons Du Monde Portobello Long Sideboard
- PORTOBELLO long sideboard, £930 from Maisons Du Monde – buy here
Coming in at nearly four figures, Maisons Du Monde's PORTOBELLO sideboard is the most expensive item in our roundup – but oh my, is it a show-stopper.
If you're after truly authentic midcentury design, this has it by the bucketloads: in fact, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's an original vintage piece.
Made with PEFC certified wood from responsibly managed forests, the golden oak finish adds warmth and lightness: perfect if walnut just isn't your thing.
Storage-wise, there are three centre drawers flanked by two doors which each have an adjustable shelf – ideal if you want to house a record collection.
Plus it coordinates beautifully with other items from the PORTOBELLO range: yes, please.
2. Best cheap buy: Latitude Run Sebuh 90cm Wide Sideboard
- Latitude Run Sebuh 90cm Wide Sideboard, £123.99 from Wayfair – buy here
If you're looking for a budget-friendly midcentury sideboard, this MDF piece has a really cool retro design with its tapered legs and minimalistic feel.
It's smaller than typical midcentury sideboards, so it's ideal for more compact spaces, while still having lots of storage.
Plus it'll work great with more contemporary furniture, thanks to the melamine coated white finish.
If you wanted to customise it to look a little more expensive, we reckon some luxe brass knobs – big enough to cover the drawer holes – would really zhuzh it up.
3. Best solid wood on a budget: Core Products Augusta Medium Sideboard With 2 Doors, 3 Drawers
- Core Products Augusta Medium Sideboard With 2 Doors, 3 Drawers, £147.99 (was £164.99) from Robert Dyas – buy here
This stylish sideboard is available from a few retailers: we've saved you time and found the cheapest option in at Robert Dyas.
For the price, this is a real bargain – especially as it's made from solid pine.
Finished in an antique wax, it features real metal handles and hairpin feet which add to the midcentury vibe, while also giving a more industrial edge.
With two doors and three drawers, there's plenty of room for storing your bits and bobs and keeping clutter at bay.
4. Best cane detailing: VidaXL Sideboard Solid Mango Wood
- Sideboard 112x30x65 cm Solid Mango Wood, £189.99 from vidaXL – buy here
Cane and rattan detailing goes hand-in-hand with midcentury modern: this super-textural trend was popular in the 70s and is having a massive resurgence today.
We love the cane door fronts of this sideboard from vidaXL, which add so much depth and interest – especially against that gorgeous honey-toned mango wood.
At 112cm wide, this is ideal for smaller rooms where you want to add character while not overbearing the space.
5. Best graphic statement: Swoon Sideboard in Acacia, White Marble & Brass
- Hermes Sideboard, Acacia, White Marble & Brass, £559 (was £799) from Swoon – buy here
Thought the best midcentury sideboards were limited to just plain wood finishes? Think again!
This sideboard by Swoon adds massive impact with its brass and marble geometric design, while still retaining midcentury character thanks to the tapered legs and clean lines of the piece.
Meanwhile, the dark brown stained acacia body is to die for: it oozes class and creates plenty of depth and interest.
5. Best wood finish: Vonhaus Buxton Real Mango Wood Sideboard Unit
- Buxton Real Mango Wood Sideboard Unit, £349.99 (was £399.99) from Vonhaus – buy here
This sideboard is the perfect demonstration of what makes wooden-crafted furniture so stunning.
Made from mango wood, the grain is absolutely stunning, with a golden brown hue that positively glows.
At just under a metre wide, it's another great option for smaller spaces where an oversized sideboard would look too imposing.
6. Best for styling with plants: La Redoute Croisille Sideboard
- Croisille Sideboard, £699 from La Redoute – buy here
Featuring 'vintage rattan braces', this sideboard by La Redoute could have come straight from the 70s: there's a real authenticity to its design.
Pieces like this look amazing with houseplants sitting on top: think midcentury favourites like monstera, snake plants and dragon trees.
And with three drawers and one door, you'll have plenty of storage space, whether you use it for records, office supplies, dining accessories or something else.
7. Best for groovy vibes: Habitat Grooved Storage 4 Door Sideboard
- Habitat Grooved Storage 4 Door Sideboard, £380 from Argos – buy here
If you're looking for a roomy midcentury-style sideboard with a little extra bit of pizzaz, this Habitat piece could be the one.
The carved grooves in each of the pine doors bring an interesting design element while still looking chic and subtle: so it won't scream at you as you walk in the room, but you'll definitely notice it.
Made from pine and MDF with a wood finish, there are four doors, one fixed shelf plus two adjustable shelves – so it's ideal for customising to your storage needs.
Layer with plants, stacked books and framed artworks for the perfect sideboard styling.
8. Best for adding glam: John Lewis & Partners Trinity Marble Sideboard
- John Lewis & Partners Trinity Marble Sideboard, £499 from John Lewis – buy here
Midcentury furniture is known for its simplicity and practicality – but that's not say that it can't do glam, too.
With geometric-style grooving, accents of brass-finished metal and a marble top, this sideboard by John Lewis is dripping with luxe detailing that will bring drama to any room you place it in.
It's perfectly practical too, with an adjustable wooden shelf inside that you can customise for your organisational needs.
Luxe cocktail cabinet? Glamorous TV console? Impressive hallway unit? However you use it, one thing's for sure: it'll definitely make a statement in your home.
How much is a midcentury sideboard?
A genuine midcentury sideboard can cost anything from a few hundred pounds to several thousand, depending on the condition of the piece, the designer – and of course, the knowledge of the seller.
Meanwhile, for reproduction pieces and sideboards inspired by midcentury design (like the ones we've listed here) you can expect to find something for around the £400 mark.
Where to buy a midcentury sideboard
If you're shopping for a genuine vintage piece, second-hand selling platforms like eBay, Etsy, and Preloved are great places to hunt down a bargain or invest in a perfectly preserved midcentury sideboard.
Elsewhere, if you're looking for a brand new sideboard inspired by midcentury style, we were really impressed by Maisons Du Monde's offering, as well as La Redoute and West Elm.
How to style a midcentury sideboard
Sideboards are a must for styling rather than leaving bare – and that definitely applies to midcentury style pieces too.
The key to nailing your styling is to use a mix of materials and height levels to create an effortless look that avoids appearing too uniform or predictable.
Try leaning up a couple of framed midcentury-inspired art prints either on the sideboard itself or hung above it. Next, add some potted greenery such as a swiss cheese plant or a snake plant.
Finally, some stacked coffee table books, a statement lamp and unique trinkets and home accessories will tie the look together.
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