A master bedroom is the ultimate oasis for relaxation and slumber. When it comes to furnishing this room, it’s easy to focus on the bed. It’s the epitome of coziness and rest. But, there’s one key piece that can tie the space together: the nightstand.
A nightstand (or two) is both functional and decorative. It operates like a catch-all in many bedrooms, providing a spot to keep those important bedtime items close at hand — glasses, a book, lotion, phone charger, etc. Your must-have miscellaneous items have a place to live, without creating mess in your sanctuary. A nightstand covers personal style too, since you can get one in a myriad of materials, sizes and designs.
So, how do you decide on a nightstand for your bedroom? NewHomeSource has compiled some tips to help you find a nightstand that’s the perfect fit.
How to Get Started
When it comes to relaxing bedrooms, most homeowners opt to get a matching set of nightstands, one for each side of the bed. Before you dive headfirst into stylish and roomy options, consider these points:
- How much space do you have on either side of your bed?
- Do you have room for two nightstands or just one?
Measure your bedroom and your bed’s width. From there, note the room’s layout and how the bed is oriented. Is there more space on one side of the bed than the other or room on one side only?
Once you determine whether you can fit one or two nightstands, take a look at the room’s natural light sources like windows, as well as any light fixtures (floor lamps, overhead lights, table lamps). Consider the kind of lighting you’ll need for your nightstand. Do you like to read in bed? You may want a more specialized light than a standard table lamp.
Next, make a budget. Nightstands come in a wide range of price points, so figure out how much you want to spend on a nightstand, or two, as the case may be. Be sure to consider any delivery fees, warranties or installation costs in your budget.
With price points and measurements in place, it’s time to shop! Do you have favorite trends, styles or brands that will complement your existing bedroom furnishings? Starting there, you can sort through select options that catch your eye. Having trouble deciding on a personal style? Design a mood board, comb social media interior design accounts or even check out some video styling to get a feel for your aesthetics.
The Best Nightstands
What type of nightstand is best for you? Check out the list below for a variety of functions and styles to consider.
Looking for something simple? Accent tables are optimal surfaces for a few items, like table lamps or alarm clocks. This type of nightstand is also a cool way to mix in art, design and style. Christopher Knight Home’s end table features a glass top and carved brass tree branch legs ($152). Or, mDesign’s Marble Inlay Accent Tables add a gold charm with some neutrality ($100).
Don’t have enough outlets for your electronics? Consider a nightstand with built-in charging ports. South Shore Versa Nightstand comes with two drawers and a hidden top shelf charging station ($175). The ADORNEVE nightstand comes with three ample-sized drawers and a visible combination outlet/charging port on the top shelf ($100).
Have a master suite with ample square footage? Consider the console table. A long, narrow table can add an edgy and contemporary twist to the bedroom or provide a clear space for planters and crisp, boho-style storage bins.
Dual-purpose furniture can be a lifesaver. The Yourlite nightstand doubles as a work zone ($113). Three full drawers and a lift-up top turn this table into a bedside desk.
Floating nightstands are innovative and keep the floor clear. You can choose one with an open shelf and a companion drawer for any catch-all items, or one with two open shelves for a more contemporary look.
Chic and retro, glass tables add softer touches to a bedroom. Glass tables also keep sightlines undisrupted thanks to the transparent surface. The Donosura nightstand has a tempered glass surface and a golden metal frame ($58). Round glass nesting tables ($80) create additional surfaces in a flash.
Some nightstand styles may come in a matching set. JAXPETY has crafted a simple Scandinavian-inspired set with two drawers ($115 for set), while JAXSUNNY offers a similar style but with deeper drawers ($126 for set).
Metal tables add contrast to a space. Clever and daring, metal brings texture and vibrancy to other colors and fabrics. Savvy options include HOMEFORT’s round end table ($32), mDesign’s modern farmhouse side table ($50) and Sauder’s boulevard cafe nightstand ($135).
A no-frills design blends in nicely among other patterns and textures. CubiCubi’s C-shaped table fits the bill and doesn’t take up space either ($40). A wooden tray table is full of personality and minimalism, too ($35).
Add some vintage flair with a mirrored nightstand. Mecor’s sturdy mirrored table combines modern fixtures like three drawers with an Art Deco vibe ($166).
Going for a sleek, modern look? A wooden top side table with a leather magazine rack brings an unexpected design twist to your bedroom and requires little space ($90). A bit more industrial, the Rolanstar nightstand mixes a metal frame and wood shelves ($70).
Stackable end tables can create more or less shelving on demand. The Pipishell bamboo tables seamlessly sit on top of each other to create two or three shelves ($62, set of 2).
Extra storage is always welcome. A nightstand with additional cubbies or even a clever shelf goes a long way. Amazon Basics has a storage table with a circular tray top and a textured fabric bin below ($38). The Furologee nightstand has three drawers and two flat shelf spaces ($90).
Have a cozy bedroom? Or living in a tiny home? Small tables that are chic and even multipurpose are key. A small pedestal table in bright turquoise takes the cake ($70). Or this end table doubles as a plant stand ($48). An agate drink table with a gold spiral base conserves loads of space but does so stylishly ($130). And this narrow white side table makes itself useful with a USB/AC port, shelves and pull-out tray ($252).
Stephanie Valente is a Content Director and Editor in Brooklyn, NY. She’s previously held writing and social media positions at Barkbox, Men’s Journal, and currently works at a full-service advertising agency. She’s a self-confessed home and design enthusiast. Stephanie is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. When she’s offline, you can find her taking a yoga class, running, hanging out with her rescue dog Pepper. Find her on stephanievalente.com.