25 Examples of Three-Column Blog Designs

When I re-designed this blog recently I decided to move from a three-column layout to just two columns because I felt that it made the layout cleaner and the content more readable. However, there are some well-designed blogs that make effective use of a three-column layout. In this post we’ll look at 25 examples. Some have the content in the middle with a sidebar on each side. Some have the content on the left with two columns of sidebars on the right. And others use some creative combinations.

Most of these blogs have been showcased at our gallery Blog Design Heroes.

Lord Likely

Lord Likely

Hell Yeah Dude

Hell Yeah Dude

Luova

Luova

Duirwaigh Studios

Duirwaigh Studios

Citizen Wausau

Citizen Wausau

Rin-Wendy

Rin-Wendy

Argee

Argee

Owltastic

Owltastic

The 9513

The 9513

Natalie Jost

Natalie Jost

Grain Edit

Grain Edit

Austin Town Hall

Austin Town Hall

DevKick

DevKick

Veerle’s Blog

Veerle's Blog

Pikaland

Pikaland

Designlab

Designlab

Powerful CMS

Powerful CMS

Helium Workx

Helium Workx

Gary Vaynerchuck

Gary Vaynerchuck

Quipsologies

Quipsologies

Kris Colvin

Kris Colvin

3918

3918

Some Random Dude

Some Random Dude

Kyle Haskins

Kyle Haskins

Schneeballschl18.com

Schneeballschl18.com

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Published August 16th, 2009 by

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  • Eric B., August 17, 2009

    Theses blog designs are very nice! My favourite is probably the Auston Town Hall design.

  • Stefan, August 17, 2009

    A lot of beautiful designs. I will save this for inspiration later on.

  • Dale, August 17, 2009

    Great examples of 3 column designs, good variety.
    As the screens get wider and resolution better, we’ll start to see more 3 column designs as well as four column designs pretty soon.
    The Duirwaigh Studios design is simply gorgeous, possibly takes away from the content but nevertheless, good-lookin’.

  • ngassmann, August 17, 2009

    Wow http://rin-wendy.com/ is such a great idea. I’m jealous that my wife and I didn’t come up with that first.

  • Dzinepress, August 17, 2009

    really nice design blogs.

  • choen, August 17, 2009

    i like ‘Some Random Dude’

  • Dave Sparks, August 17, 2009

    NIce – I like the Rin – Wendy site the way the two columns show the two blogs.

  • cssah, August 17, 2009

    Awesome designs, i love Veerle’s Blog design

  • Video backgrounds, August 17, 2009

    I like the design from this blog designlab(dot)no & all the designs are quite different.

  • Anonymous, August 17, 2009

    hi
    Awesome designs, i love Veerle’s Blog design
    thanks

  • Web Templates, August 17, 2009

    The three columns design is becoming more and more popular, I’m seeing it more often. I like it. Gives 3 focal points.

  • Eric Shafer, August 17, 2009

    Nice inspirational list, Steven. I like Duirwaigh’s design the most out of all of them.

    Featured here: http://www.presidiacreative.com/best-of-the-web-32/

  • Nardyello, August 17, 2009

    rin-wendy.com is such a clever design! I read some of their posts and they seem like great people. Their content has a very friendly tone.

    Excellent visuals on most of these designs.

  • chicago web design studio, August 17, 2009

    I thought the “Designlab” website was cute and very well done. Nice list!

  • Thanks for this list. It made me reconsider 3 column website designs. These are really inspiring. Awesome.

  • Alexander Bickov, August 18, 2009

    Really nice ideas. I think the better idea is Veerle’s Blog idea

  • 4night, August 18, 2009

    Great idea from Rin-Wendy.

  • Danny | dannyhinde, August 19, 2009

    Great collection, I’m a fan of the 3 columns and have it on mine too!

  • Rob, August 19, 2009

    Looking at these designs has been very inspirational to me and good design work like this really helps with my development as a web and graphic designer. Have bookmarked this page :).

  • Rin-Wendy and Lord Likely are my favorites.These designs are inspiration enough to revamp my personal blog. will save them for future use. thanks!

  • wrought iron furniture, August 20, 2009

    We’ll start to see more 3 column designs as well as four column designs pretty soon. Thanks!

  • Kussa, August 20, 2009

    Cooollll..!! awesome, i love this theme :Duirwaigh Studios. natural artistic and glamour..

  • Fuad Ahasan Chowdhury, August 25, 2009

    I like the Kris Kolvin one most! thats fantastic

  • Trent Walton, August 27, 2009

    Awww shucks… thanks for the Austin Town Hall mention. FYI: this article was published about a week before we launched our brand spankin’ new redesign: http://austintownhall.com

  • Create a Website, September 13, 2009

    Nice design. Great article and thanks a lot for sharing.

  • ritika, September 16, 2009

    grat stuff, i like most Duirwaigh Studios but all designs have good creativty.

  • sinema izle, December 7, 2009

    The Duirwaigh Studios design is simply gorgeous, possibly takes away from the content but nevertheless, good-lookin’.

  • dekorasyon, January 24, 2010

    i like most Duirwaigh Studios but all designs have good creativty.

  • Translation Los Angeles, April 27, 2010

    I like the three-column designs you have posted, but i personally prefer two-column. but if i had to choose a three-column one, i would choose the Pikaland template.

  • Site de rencontre gratuit, January 4, 2011

    I like the three-column designs, and i was looking for. I like the 3918. Too simple and i thing easy to integrate in my website.
    Thanks for the selection

  • Çerçeve, January 15, 2011

    The Duirwaigh Studios design is simply gorgeous, possibly takes away from the content but nevertheless, good-lookin’.

  • Gale Beckwith, February 20, 2011

    Interesting how some of these are now 2 column or 1 column. Very nice though and useful for me as I design my site.

    Thanks

  • Andrei, September 12, 2012

    still love 3 column for my office site.
    this post bring me new idea to improve it.
    thanks