No nightstand? No problem. If standard nightstand options make you yawn, or you’re looking for a creative solution for a small bedroom, this post is for you! We’re sharing 8 creative nightstand alternatives that will wake up your bedroom and help you maximize the space you have.
1. Go Vertical With a Bookcase
Bookcases, especially like the modern, open-sided one shown here, are a great nightstand alternative for rooms without much floor space. Use a shelf within arm’s reach to house your alarm clock and any other bedside essentials. Upper and lower shelves can be used to display books and decor, plants, or for extra storage.
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2. Put a Desk to Work
A small writing desk or vanity by your bed is an all-in-one solution for nightly reading, checking your emails, or working from home. You’ll have plenty of storage and night time surface space, plus you get the benefit of an added workspace.
3. Do Double-Duty With a Dresser
Swapping a dresser for a nightstand is a clever space-saving trick for bedrooms with limited storage. Use a shorter dresser for a more traditional nightstand feel or a taller one if you need even more storage. This is a great solution for guest rooms with limited closet space too.
Check out these other great small bedroom ideas for more styling and storage tips.
4. Pull Up a Chair
In a pinch, a dining chair makes a convenient nightstand alternative. This casual look works especially well with eclectic, bohemian, and rustic country vibes. The seat of the chair gives you just enough surface area for a phone, glass of water, and a book.
Bonus: When company comes over, it’s easy enough to turn it back into extra seating at the dining table!
5. Try a Trunk
Whether a flea market find or a family heirloom, a wooden trunk adds a relaxed, homey feel to your bedroom. Pack it full of out-of-season clothes, linens, or whatever else you need to store and place a tray on top for a flat space to set your phone, alarm clock, and even a small lamp.
6. Say Cheers to a Bar Cart
A bar cart is a refreshing replacement for a nightstand. Bar carts are convenient because most come on wheels, and they often have multiple levels of storage. Plus, they’re just the right height to stand in for a nightstand.
7. Hang a Floating Shelf
For those who prefer a minimalist look or maybe don’t have enough floor space for a bedside table, floating shelves are a smart solution. Floating shelves are generally cost effective and definitely save floor space. Mount your shelf–or a pair of them–to the wall near or above your bed to add clever storage right where you need it.
8. Swap in a Stool
Try a stool, small bench, or ottoman as a handy and portable nightstand alternative. A bedside stool also makes a convenient spot to sit and put your shoes on in the morning. It’s even there for you when you need extra seating for guests. A variety of styles from fabric poufs to hand carved wood to colorful garden benches offer unique options to suit your space.
Get even more creative with your bedside storage, and try pairing more than one of these options. Not sure how to do that tastefully? Read our guide to acing mismatched nightstands for inspiration. Decided a traditional nightstand is better for you, after all? Check out our nightstand buying guide to find the perfect style for your bedroom.
No nightstand? No problem. Check out these 8 creative nightstand alternatives to help you maximize the space in your bedroom.