Designer Tips

9 Unique Nightstand Alternatives

Add a unique twist to your bedroom by switching out traditional nightstands. Check out these 9 nightstand alternatives that will make your bedroom POP!

#1Long and Lean

Console tables are a wonderful alternative if you want more freedom in styling. They give more tabletop space and even allow you the option to add storage or decorative ottomans underneath.
NOTE: use clear mini hooks along the back of the table and legs to guide power cords so they aren’t visible from the front of the console.

#2 Go Vertical

Want more space to style but you don’t have enough room for larger furniture? Go up. Use a tall, free-standing bookcase or a built-in bookcase to create a space that provides multiple areas for styling and adds an unexpected pop of personality. NOTE: choose bookcases with cabinet doors on the bottom half to hide storage that isn’t as pretty.

#3 Roll It In

Bar carts are a hot item these days and the bedroom is definitely worthy of their presence. Having the bottom tier gives you extra tabletop space and plenty of room to store essentials. NOTE: shop antique stores for carts that are full of character and one-of-a-kind.

Bar cart bedside table
Source: Houzz

#4 Cute and Casual

Keep it casual with a stool. Pair them with wall sconces to allow you the ease of moving the stools around the room whenever and wherever you need them. NOTE: Add a stack of hardcover books or a decorative box to make the tabletop higher.

#5 Double Duty

If you love the tabletop freedom of the console table option but need more functionality in a small space, add a chair. This simple addition instantly makes a bedroom practical, as well as pretty. NOTE: a clear chair is a great option for small spaces to take up less visual space.

Double duty bedside table
Source: Hunted Interior

#6Wall Worthy

Wall shelves are available in so many different styles and perfect to use as nightstands. Shelves with brackets keep it more traditional while floating shelves lean more modern in style. NOTE: use poufs or storage baskets under the shelves to hide power cords.

Wall shelves bedside table
Source: BH&G

#7Supersized

Trade in a nightstand for the larger dresser version. If you are in need of extra storage, this is the perfect option for you. NOTE: don’t choose a dresser that is too wide that it takes the focus off of the bed, be moderate in width.

Supersized bedside table
Source: Vintage Home

#8Round It Out

Use round end tables to soften the room. End tables with glass will create a formal look while drum tables made of ceramic or metal will provide a more casual look. NOTE: the tabletop surface is fairly small so pair the end tables with wall sconces instead of table lamps to free up more space.

#9Take a Seat

Switch out a nightstand for a chair to create a unique look. An upholstered armchair will be a big, formal statement while a petite dining chair will simply be a casual approach. NOTE: when low on space, this is a great spot to store extra dining room chairs.

Bedside table seating
Source: Domino
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