Exquisite Sidebar Design in Website Layouts


Consider all the aspects of a website layout. There are so many elements included in the header and footer areas which wrap around the inner content. And layout trends can overlap drastically compared to blogs, corporate websites, or even social networking brands. And for this reason I have a great passion for building well-planned website designs.

In the showcase below I’ve cataloged some of my favorite examples of website sidebars. The best designers are able to blend content in-between the main column, and sidebars are the perfect companion. But when you have too much content your layout will appear dense, cluttered, and difficult to work with. You will want to make sure that you use this precious space as effectively as possible.

Use some of these examples for your own inspiration and be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments area.

Sidebar Grunge Texture

Vertical Navigation

WordPress Theme Layout

Portfolio Sidebar

Sidebar Stats in Full

Right Sidebar and Bookmarks

Side Navigation

Date/Time Sorting

Profile Stats


Counting Members

Franny’s Fabulous Sidebar

Sidebar Tabs

Tender Admin Navigation

Blog Sidebar

Plants List

Recent Dishes

Browse Ads

Something Minimal

Sidebar – Total Results

Toast Social Sidebar

Sidebar Callout

Hire Me!

Sidebar & Header

Home/Utility Sidebar

Categories Sidebar

Slim Blog Sidebar

Chkbrd Dashboard

User Logged In

Side Bar UI Elements

About the Author: Kalen Smith

Kalen is a freelance writer and entrepreneur. He can be found on the web writing about topics including startups and UI design. Check out his other articles through Google or follow his updates on Twitter @engineerbiz.


  1. September 26, 2012

    A beautiful and neat selection =)

  2. Awesome blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you propose starting with a free platform
    like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are
    so many choices out there that I’m totally confused .. Any recommendations? Thank you!