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Bedside Tables

Bedside tables are mostly used for storage, but they also provide a decorative function by anchoring the look of your bed. Because of its double-duty purpose, your bedside table needs to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing, and therefore should include several shelves and drawers that match the style and finish of the rest of your furniture.

What are bedside tables used for?

Bedside tables are used to house items that might come in handy during the night, such as your phone, alarm clock, table lamp, and a water glass. Many bedside tables have drawers to store other odds and ends, such as reading material, medication or TV remotes, that don’t necessarily need to be on display but are useful to have next to your bed.

How high should bedside tables be?

Whilst bedside tables are fairly small by nature, their height can vary substantially. A bedside table that is too short or too tall is both uncomfortable to use and awkward looking when placed next to a taller (or shorter) bed. Look for a bedside table that’s within a few inches of the top of your mattress for the best practicality and aesthetics.

How wide are bedside tables supposed to be?

This depends on the size of the bed and the size of the room. You want your bedside tables to complement the bed, not overpower it or feel too small. A large room will need bigger furniture, as well as more of it, while a small narrow bedside table will look just fine in a smaller space. Try stacking books in the space where the nightstand will go to get an idea of how it will fit in the space.

What are bedside tables made of?

Traditionally, bedside tables were made of wood such as oak, walnut and pine. However, whilst you can still find nightstands in various different types of wood, there are now lots of other materials to choose from, such as glass, brass, leather and steel. For a contemporary look, pair rustic wood furniture with metal bedside tables. A traditional style often includes a matching set, but you can use vintage pieces to add more character. Just don't mix too many different wood types — they can easily clash.

How to decorate bedside tables?

Less is more when it comes to decorating your bedside table. Consider the items you need access to during the night, and which items you’d like to place to add interest to your nightstand, such as books, flowers and photos. Here are some tips:

  • Choose a style or theme for your bedside table
  • Place your largest item on the bedside table first (this will most likely be your table lamp)
  • Add items at varying heights for visual interest
  • Add a splash of colour or vary textures
  • Don’t be afraid to stack items, such as books
No matter whether you’re looking for a contemporary bedside table, nightstand with drawers or something else entirely, Houzz is bound to have the perfect table for your home.
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