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Unexpected Bedside Tables

 Unexpected Bedside Tables

Something that is often suggested is to mix up your bedroom pieces so they don’t match. Often we’ll suggest splitting up nightstands and headboards from a set and putting them in different bedrooms. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to buy new nightstands. We love using unconventional pieces next to the bed. Here are some of our favorite ways to change up your look.


If you’ve got a small space, you may want a surface to use as a desk or vanity. We love using a desk next to a bed in place of a nightstand. It also makes a perfect makeup vanity or spot to hold jewellery.


A Large Basket or Chest

Think outside the box. Nearly anything can be a bedside table if it’s the right height. You want no more than 5″ difference from the top of your mattress to the surface of your nightstand. Depending on whether you have a box spring or a platform bed, that can be a variety of heights.



If you’re tight on space, consider a wall-mounted shelf instead of a nightstand. In the space on the left, we used a wooden shelf paired with a small side table. The table can be moved around when you don’t need it. In the room on the right, built in shelves lined the wall so we placed the headboard right up against them. The shelves became the perfect bedside table.

An Etagere

We love this bedroom designed by Suzanne Kasler. She used a white etagere next to the bed instead of a bedside table. Not only does it work beautifully with the height of the canopy bed, but it provides tons of open shelving for books, trinkets, candles, and anything else that might accumulate in your bedroom.


A Pedestal Table

In a master bedroom, you’ll likely want drawers or shelves, but in a guest bedroom, you can get away with less storage. A pedestal table works beautifully if you’re short on space since it doesn’t feel as heavy as a nightstand.



Thanks to ballarddesigns.com for these fabulous tips!u



Margaret Hirsch
Margaret Hirsch
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