Nightstands often take a backseat when it comes to bedroom decor, but they can still play a significant role in both the atmosphere and functionality of the room. Check out our seven tips for choosing the perfect bedside table and find your dream match.
1. Save space with wall-mounted shelving
A wall-mounted module or shelf is a lifesaver for small spaces – and on cleaning days – as a floating nightstand doesn't take up any precious floor space and it's easy to vacuum under it.
Designed by Peter J. Lassen, the Montana Mini modules are available in open versions or with doors or drawers, and in a stunning, rainbow-like array of colors. The modules can be used individually or in various combinations.
2. Just a stand or space for storage?
When choosing a nightstand, it's important to carefully consider your storage needs. A nightstand with generous-sized drawers is especially useful in a small bedroom, as it will provide a home for loose items such as hand creams, a phone charger, or even that crocheting project you worked on during your bedtime relaxation routine and help keep your space clutter-free.
The iconic classic from Kartell, Componibili, has a clean and sleek look, but its fun sliding doors hide a surprisingly generous amount of storage space.
3. Think outside the box
If you're already set for storage, your imagination is the only limit! Forget traditional drawers and envision something more spectacular: a creatively shaped nightstand can serve as both a functional piece of furniture and a visually striking work of art.
The F-shelf, designed by Kent Johansson, is a modern classic that can be fixed on the wall in a variety of ways. You can also mix and match these fun shelves to create charming arrangements on your wall.
4. Table by night, superhero by day
Versatility is key when choosing a nightstand. A beautiful and durable stool or chair can hold all the necessary items and then some, and can also serve as an extra seat when needed. Or maybe opt for a step stool – it'll also provide you with that extra boost when you need to reach the top shelves!
The Butler step ladder designed by Shane Schneck is made of solid oak and its sturdy levels can serve as steps, seats, or even table tops depending on the situation.
5. Room service!
A small serving cart as a nightstand is also a fun choice for the bedroom – and convenient, as it can be simply rolled aside if needed, for example during weekly cleaning. Perhaps a serving cart would also inspire you to enjoy hotel-style leisurely breakfasts in bed a little more often?
The Barboy trolley, designed by Verner Panton in 1963, has four levels of different sizes, two of which open sideways. The lively and cheerful Barboy adds a touch of lighthearted elegance to the bedroom decor.
6. Heaps of storage space
If you need storage space but are not a fan of traditional drawers and dressers, this one is for you! Go creative and stack storage boxes of your liking into a pile of suitable height and finish with a small tabletop if necessary!
The paper pulp boxes with lids by the ferm LIVING are delightfully light and stack beautifully.
7. Cast your proverbial net a bit wider
When searching for a nightstand, don't forget to check out the selection of side and end tables as well – often designed to be petite, they make stunning bedside tables. And if storage needs should ever change, a versatile side table can easily find a new spot in the home.
The Museum side table, designed by TAF Studio, is a perfect fit to accompany the bed: it can be easily adjusted to your desired height! The graceful Museum wall shelf can also be put to use as a nifty nightstand.
When choosing a nightstand, consider the following:
Measure the space. Modern bedrooms are often compact, and a tight space can feel cramped if you stuff it too full. For smaller bedrooms, consider lightweight wall-mounted shelves that also save precious floor space.
Assess your storage needs. Are you looking for a stand to set your water glass and alarm clock on, or do you need a decent dresser for unfinished crafts and books?
Multipurpose for the win. If you don't need much storage, choose a bedside table that also serves as a daytime piece, like a beautiful stool or chair that can be used as extra seating when needed.
Choose a nightstand that suits your style. Do you prefer a minimalist classic to complement your bed, or would you rather opt for something more elaborate?
Go traditional or get creative? Instead of a traditional nightstand or side table, try a stack of brightly-colored storage boxes or a playful serving cart.
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