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In small flats as well as in large houses, it not only looks great, but also keeps the living space tidy: the highboard. In country house style, minimalist-modern or vintage style, it conjures up charm in every room and has enough storage space for all kinds of bits and pieces.

In our highboard test 2022 we have compared various highboards on the basis of important criteria. We would like to present the best highboards to you in this article, so that you too may soon find your perfect highboard.


  • Highboards are very similar to wardrobes, but differ from them mainly in that they are not as high. They also often have more compartments, as they are also used to store things other than clothes.
  • Highboards are made of different materials. However, we recommend avoiding plastic and opting for solid wood, as it turns out to be of higher quality in the long run.
  • A beautiful highboard adds charm to almost every room in a house or flat if it is used in matching colours. Thus, it not only serves to store various things, but also has an aesthetic effect.

The Best Highboard: Our Picks

We have compared various highboards and picked out the best ones. We would like to present these to you in the following.

Highboards: buying and evaluation criteria

Finding the right highboard for your living room or bedroom is not an easy decision.
The choice is large and it is a long-term investment. That's why we would like to give you some important criteria in this section to help you find the perfect highboard for you.

In the following section, we will explain the most important aspects of these criteria.


One of the most important criteria when buying a highboard is its material. There are highboards made of plastic, wood or wood with metal influences. In addition, the highboard can also be made of recycled material.

Plastic should be avoided for a highboard, as it wears out quickly. In addition, solid wood should be used instead of veneered wood. This is heavier but more durable than the latter.

A good glaze as well as a good sanding are signs of a quality that is worthwhile. Care should be taken to ensure that no splinters protrude and that there are no uncleanly finished areas.

Plastic should be avoided in a highboard, as it wears out quickly. In addition, solid wood should be used instead of veneered wood.


Of course, when buying a highboard, the desired size should also be taken into account. After all, it should help to create order and not clutter in the room.

That's why it's a good idea to measure the height, width and depth of a highboard in your room before you buy it. It is easier to measure the minimum and maximum dimensions. This gives you a certain amount of flexibility if the desired size is not available.

In general, the size also depends on what you want to store in the highboard and how you want the highboard to look in the room.

Storage space and compartments

The third criterion to consider is the storage space or compartments of the highboard. There are highboards that are large but offer relatively little storage space. Among other things, this may be due to the architecture of the piece of furniture.

Therefore, before buying a highboard, you should think about what you want to store in it. What you want to store in it may also influence whether you want glass doors or not.

While beautiful dishes or wine glasses can be admired through glass doors, they may be less suitable for odds and ends such as cables or even clothes.

There are highboards that are large but offer relatively little storage space.


Finally, the colour should of course also be taken into account in the purchase decision. This is because it is also decisive for the effect of the piece of furniture in the room.

Minimalist rooms with lots of glass go well with white highboards. In more cosy rooms, brown or natural-coloured wooden highboards are very attractive. Ultimately, however, you should choose the colour that you like best.

Highboards: Frequently asked questions and answers

In the following, we would like to answer the most frequently asked questions about highboards.

Who is a highboard suitable for?

A highboard is a chest of drawers that is taller than it is wide, but does not reach the size of a wardrobe. The highboard can be used in different rooms as storage space and a unique piece of furniture.

Especially if you have many items in your house, a highboard can create a lot of order.

Especially if you have a lot of objects in your flat or house, a highboard can create a lot of order in your living space.The high chest of drawers is suitable for women, men or even the whole family as storage space for bits and pieces or for decorative items.

A highboard can be used as a wardrobe, for example, if you don't have too many clothes. A highboard also makes a very good piece of furniture in the living and dining area for storing crockery.

What types of highboards are there?

When you decide to buy a highboard, there is another choice to make. There are several types of highboards that you should know about.


Highboards come in different looks. Vintage lovers will also find what they are looking for.
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On the one hand, there are highboards made of pure, new wood and on the other hand, highboards made of recycled wood. There are also modern highboards that have metal influences.

Which highboard you prefer is a personal decision. It all depends on how it harmonises with the other furniture in the room and what you find most beautiful.

Type Description
Highboards made of pure pine wood brings warmth and cosiness into the room
Highboards with metal influences especially suitable for modern interiors
Highboards made of recycled wood perfect for an exotic and slightly more unusual charm

What are the alternatives to highboards?

In addition to the highboard, you should also familiarise yourself with alternatives that may fit even better into your house or flat. These alternatives are very similar to the highboard. It is often difficult to distinguish between them or product names are used incorrectly.

The following is a list of the main features of the alternatives.

Type description
Chest of drawers only has drawers, not as wide and high
Sideboard chest of drawers without top, is much wider than high
Lowboard particularly low, often used for TV sets, often with storage compartments for e.g. DVD player

The highboard is also often referred to as a tall chest of drawers. However, it differs from it because the high chest is much narrower.

What can I store in the highboard?

The highboard can serve as storage space and a beautiful piece of furniture for various rooms. It can also be used to store a wide variety of things, such as..:

  • beautiful tableware, especially if the highboard has glass doors
  • Clothes, if it is used as a wardrobe alternative
  • Knick-knacks

but of course these are only examples and you can store anything you want in your highboard.


You can store all kinds of things in a highboard, for example crockery.
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How do you care for a highboard properly?

Cleaning a highboard is not a big job. It is enough to wipe it with a damp cloth from time to time. However, wooden highboards should be treated once or twice a year with furniture oil. This keeps the surface beautiful and shiny.

For surfaces with a high-gloss lamination or a melanin coating, we recommend using water with a little neutral soap for cleaning.


In summary, a highboard is suitable for all people who have room for a relatively large piece of furniture and are looking for plenty of space to store various things.

The highboard offers the advantage of being useful in almost every room. In the dining room, for example, it can be used for dishes or cookbooks, while in the bedroom it can be used as an alternative to a wardrobe.

With different materials and designs, you can choose according to your own aesthetic preferences and thus complement the room with a unique piece of furniture.

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