When choosing the right furniture pieces for the bedroom, we immediately focus on the bed because it is the most functional and important piece in the space, true?

It is however equally as important to choose the right bedside table because whatever you place beside the bed not only affects how functional the space used is but also how aesthetically pleasing it is.

The old school way of thinking was to shop for a nightstand that matched your entire bedroom suite of furniture.

Same finish, color, style and design on everything from the bed to the chest of drawers to the nightstand.

BOOO-RING! Thankfully, gone, GONE are those days!

Now, the possibilities for bedside table are endless and oh so much more appealing!

Here are a few type options for your bedside space:

Nightstands--small, simple pieces designed to hold a lamp and a clock.

Simple tables--may be designed for any room in the house, but small enough for bedside use.

Bedside cabinets--small chests of drawers or cabinets with drawers and other storage areas.

Once you’ve decided which kind of bedside piece would work best for YOUR space, you’ll need to do some space planning to narrow down your options even further!

1. Height

The ideal height for a nightstand is about the level of the top of the mattress. Give or take a few inches, you want the top of the table to be level with the mattress, which makes it easy for you when reaching over for that glass of water (or the snooze button on the alarm) effortless!

When it comes to depth, you don't want anything much deeper than about 24 inches. Bigger stand than that can make it a bit awkward to get in and out of bed.

If you can’t exactly match the height of your mattress, go for something slightly higher rather than lower as this looks better.

2. Surface Area

The nightstand surface should have enough room for a table lamp, an alarm clock, and anything else you would want within reach of your bed. You can save space on your nightstand for essential items by moving framed photos to your walls.

Lighting(a décor bite)

If you opt for a lamp on your surface, you want to be able to reach your bedside lighting easily. Choose one with a switch on the cord so you don’t have to lean right over to the bulb.

The ideal size of lamp for a bedside table is around 1/3 of the table size. Keep lamps in proportion with your nightstands, and make sure you have room for your other bits.

3. Storage

How much storage do you need? Do you prefer something like a chest of drawers or a piece with doors to tuck away things you don’t want to see, or would you like open shelving that allows you to display things artfully?

Nightstands with drawers or shelves allow space for you to store all your bedside necessities. If you don’t require as much bedside storage, there are sleeker options available with one or no drawers and an open construction.

4. Aesthetics & Style

Think about whether you want two matching nightstands, or contrasting ones. The benefit of a matching pair is that it makes a room look really pulled together and intentional.

However, having different bedside tables can look great too, giving a room a less formal, more eclectic vibe. If you go for different styles keep the room coordinated, put matching lamps on each of the tables to help tie the two looks together.

 That will ensure they work together and don’t look too random. In terms of colour you can be pretty free here: go for a pop of colour or keep things muted, or go for a complete contrast .

So are you drawn to unexpected pieces like vintage storage trunks and one-of-a-kind hand carved tables or do you prefer more traditional bedroom piece?

5. Materials

The material your nightstand is made from will have a big impact on the style and feel of your bedroom. A natural wood nightstand with distinguished brass or iron hardware enhances a traditional-style bedroom, while nightstands with polished metal or glass accents make better contemporary accents.

Choose a more solid and balanced nightstand if you plan on it supporting a heavy lamp or storing bulky items.

Accessories (a décor bite)

When it comes to accessorizing, your bedside tables should stay simple. A lamp, a clock and maybe a small vase of flowers or a photo frame are all you need. 

Remember that bedside tables are meant to be practical. Find somewhere else to display knickknacks. You don't want to accidentally reach over in the night and knock over a ton of accessories.

Have fun and get creative
Pared-down dining chairs and flat-seated stools are a creative addition to your bedside and they can also multi-task as an extra perch should the need arise.


The multi-functional

Dare to think different

Touch of minimalism

The Vintage safe

various shapes to choose from

The drawer chest

Plant life

The dressing table

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