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As a decade, the 1950s has become widely feted for its interior design. It was an era of socio-economic regeneration, bright optimism and the development of middle class values, and the furniture of the time reflected that, taking inspiration from space exploration and futurism. A combination of dynamic shapes, exposed wood and ergonomics has ensured the era’s enduring popularity, and nowhere are these factors more prevalent than in the sleek lines and functionality of a 1950s sideboard. The sideboard was invented in the 18th century but its position as an iconic and integral piece of home furniture was cemented in the 1950s. Today, it provides much needed storage space whilst looking beautiful and stylish - from mid-century creation to 21st century must have, Vinterior has a range of 1950s sideboards to tickle your fancy.
Why choose 1950s sideboards?In the 1950s, sideboards were low, long and often on angled legs, so a 50s sideboard really taps into a lot of current interior design trends. Choose models from G Plan, Beautility, Ercol, McIntosh or Alfred Cox, or perhaps also consider something by an Italian or Scandinavian designer. When you look for these names on Vinterior, you’re sure to find something that captures the essence of inimitable chic that 50s storage has become famous for.
The sideboard was, and remains, an attractive place to display decorative objects or place drinks on top of at a cocktail party. They were built for purpose as well as being fashionable to display. Drawers, shelves and compartments are layered on the inside of them in order to maximise storage space, and occasionally a glass door reveals a carefully curated selection of finest crystal glasses, antique books or prized family photographs. The top of the sideboard is a useful flat surface – initially designed to serve food from, it can now be used as a shelf for pictures and plants.
In today’s home, the 50s sideboard also makes a great TV stand if you’re sick of your flat pack console table – just pop your flatscreen on the tabletop and use the inside to store your multimedia system, DVDs and games. Or if you’d prefer to use it as it was intended, remember that sideboards were initially designed to hold glasses and tableware, so with that in mind, why not use a 1950s sideboard to create a little bar area in your sitting room, in true Mad Men style?
It can seem like there’s never enough storage space in today’s homes, but with a sideboard, it’s easy to get that extra storage space you need, while also having a stylish, elegant piece of mid century history in your home. In fact, bringing a 1950s sideboard into your living space can help you reduce that build-up of clutter and create a fresh, fashionably-organised vintage haven. These simplistic yet bold statement pieces are a necessity for those who love practicality and style to go hand in hand.
Shop for 1950s sideboards with VinteriorAt Vinterior, we stock vintage and antique furniture from over one thousand trusted sellers. Every item is unique – just like your home. We also sell a range of new and upcycled items, so if you’re looking for a classic sideboard with a contemporary twist, you’ve come to the right place!
Whether you’re here for inspiration or to find that perfect piece to make your house a home, browse Vinterior’s extensive range of items today and find the right sideboard for you.