A nightstand, or bedside table, is the ultimate bedside companion and a handy piece of bedroom furniture. It helps us reach the table lamp, a glass of water in the middle of the night, the pesky alarm clock in the morning, and those books you just can’t put down. To help make your bedroom as functional as it is stylish and serene, we’ve compiled an easy way to ensure you pick the best nightstand for your bedroom. By the way, did you know you can use nightstands as end tables and vise-versa?
Choosing the Right Nightstand Height
Part of why we love nightstands is their convenience. Ideally, you want your nightstand even with the top of your mattress or sleeping surface, give or take a few inches. It should be easy to reach from across your bed. Since the average mattress height is 25 inches plan to choose a nightstand between 24 and 28 inches tall. Make sure to measure the height of your bed as different bed frames vary in height.
When in doubt, go for a slightly taller nightstand rather than a shorter one. If you have the room on your bedside table, a table lamp is a wonderful choice as it gets rid of the need for fumbling around in the dark.
Consider Storage Options
Depending on your needs, of course you can have just a table or a stool as a bedside table (as long as the surface space is enough for you to keep what you need handy). But having a nightstand with storage options is very versatile and critical for some. It gives you a place to stash some books, magazines, and anything you might need to reach for at night or first thing in the morning. A nightstand with drawers or open shelving (or both) is a fantastic option. You can also use this as an opportunity to display decor, plants, and personal items to tie the room together.
Think about how you want your bedroom to look, and consider if you want your nightstands to match. Matching nightstands are great but mismatched ones are very on-trend and look cool. That way, if you see a few that you love, it’s easier to narrow down the choices! For instance, a shabby-chic nightstand might look really stylish with a mid-century nightstand on the other side or something with a modern design mixed with traditional. Keep in mind your nightstands don’t have to match your bedroom dresser either! Read on to see which style suits you best, or a combination of different interior styles to coordinate all your bedroom furniture.
Modern nightstands are ultra-sleek, usually in black and white with chrome accents. Modern design takes risks and represents what’s new and now, so you might see some asymmetry and off-kilter designs with this style.
Tapered legs, neutral finishes, shapely designs, and geometric graphics are some of what makes mid-century modern style iconic. Mid-century modern nightstands often have wood grain details and a drawer or two for extra convenience.
With farmhouse nightstands, you’ll find X-shaped designs on the sides, aged metal and brushed nickel hardware, distressed wood, drawers, and sometimes baskets. This is a charming, welcoming style that can fit in with any look (pair farmhouse with modern for a totally unique and updated look).
Bedside Table Materials
Finding a nightstand that fits your needs and interior style is important but so it choosing the material. Bedside tables are made of anything from metal and marble to rattan and wood. It’s ok to choose something that doesn’t necessarily “match” the rest of your bedroom. For instance, if you have a bed with a wood frame, try something other than wood to complement and contrast.
Wood nightstands will go with any style but they’re very prevalent with rustic, farmhouse, and mid-century bedroom styles. They’re durable and come in many finish options to best suit your space and style. Wood nightstands are classic and are usually sold in matching pairs as well.
Effortless and durable, metal nightstands are ideal for modern and industrial bedroom looks. And don’t worry — the metal finishes in your bedroom do not have to match.
A rattan accent adds softness and a unique texture to any space. We love wicker and rattan anything in eclectic, Scandinavian, coastal, and transitional spaces. Try some mismatched rattan bedside tables for something a little different.
Keep all of this in mind when searching for your perfect nightstand. Always keep your needs in mind as well as the style you wish to convey in your bedroom. Measure for the size of your bed and mattress and choose materials that either match or complement others in the room.