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Nightstands and Bedside Tables

Despite being small and compact, bedside tables can make a big difference in your nighttime or morning routine, by adding a spot to place a lamp, plug in your phone or keep reading material handy. Besides offering storage, they also offer the chance to anchor your bedroom’s style. Whether a collection of modern nightstands has caught your eye, or you’re simply deciding between a black nightstand and a white nightstand, here are few tips to help you through your search.

What size should my bedside table be?

Consider the height of your bed as well as how much space you have on either side when choosing a night table. Ideally, you should be about level with it while laying in bed so that you can easily reach a lamp or your phone. Tall nightstands elegantly complement more raised beds, while a short and small bedside table could be the perfect pair for a low, modern bed. In terms of width, you want the table to complement your bed, not overpower it or feel too small. In a compact apartment, a narrow nightstand can be just the right fit. Similarly, a floating or wall-mounted nightstand can save even more space by not touching the floor.

What style nightstand is best for my bedroom?

Although your bedside tables don't need to perfectly match the rest of your bedroom furniture, they should be a part of the same design family. Use a midcentury nightstand set to add some character to an otherwise simple bedroom. While a more traditional look would include a table on either side of the bed, feel free to pair different vintage nightstands together to make your bedroom feel more natural and collected. Just don't mix too many different wood types, as they can easily clash. Finally, think about how simple or stately you want your bedside table to be; while some simply function as a surface to put a glass of water, a three-drawer nightstand will attract more attention and provide more storage.

What material do I want my bedside table to be made of?

Bedside tables come in a variety of materials, each of which can contribute to a particular mood and feeling in your bedroom. If you’re going for a modern or industrial look, a metal nightstand is an excellent option, as it will create an interesting contrast with a soft, plush bed. For a warmer, more traditional look, opt for a wood nightstand. Consider the finish as well; while a white bedside table will channel a clean, minimalist look, a cherry nightstand would nicely complement deep, rich colors in your bedding.
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Featured Reviews of Nightstands and Bedside Tables

Adler Nightstand With Shelf
Nightstands and Bedside Tables
March 8, 2017
Searched the internet for three days before I decided on this table.: Searched the internet for three days before I decided on this table. I live in a log cabin in the mountains of NC and I am adding a new master bedroom. I want the rustic look of my log cabin to carry over to the new bedroom and the night tables accomplish that. They match my log bed and dresser very nicely.
Graham Mirror 2-Drawer End Table Nightstand
Nightstands and Bedside Tables
August 5, 2017
Graham Mirrored 2 Drawer Nightstand: This two drawer nightstand arrived quickly in excellent condition. The directions for putting on the legs were clear and I was able to do this without assistance. It matches two other mirrored three drawer dressers that I had already owned. Completes the bedroom. Thank you.
Dakota Pass Nightstand, Char Pine
Nightstands and Bedside Tables
January 9, 2019
Good value: Complicated to put together (READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY). Looks nice from the front. Be sure to put the back panel on low enough to wear you can’t see it over the top because it’s edges are a different color. Some parts feel quite cheap, but overall it looks nice.
Brooklyn 2-Drawer Nightstand, Espresso
Nightstands and Bedside Tables
April 10, 2017
Great quality! very spacious!: This nightstand is pretty big and has very spacious drawers. The quality of material is is also very good. Of course it is not a real wood, but look at the price. I would say many nightstands with the prices above $250-$300 have a worse quality.
2-Drawer Nightstand, Black
Nightstands and Bedside Tables
January 15, 2017
Very impressed: This product is manufactured by a Canadian company. The instructions were pretty clear and they have a few videos on how to assemble their products. I recommend watching the video on drawer assembly when you get to that part of the installation. I wish I had done that first, prior to messing with it for over an hour. Nightstand is solidly built and looks great!
Dispatch Nightstand Walnut
Nightstands and Bedside Tables
September 25, 2017
Finally my search is over...: I had been searching all over for mid-century modern nightstands. A lot of other ones I looked at had complaints about the quality and finish. I finally came across these and decided to go for it and buy one. It was well-packaged, extremely easy to assemble and high quality looking. The walnut finish looks exactly as pictured. I was so happy with it, I ordered a second one. I decided to add my own flare to it with brass knobs. Would definitely recommend!
Alanna Natural Stained Acacia Wood Nightstand
Nightstands and Bedside Tables
July 16, 2018
Good buy!: This basic sort of bedside table is just what I wanted: real wood, simple design, added shelf for storing books and papers. Assembly was straightforward. The bonus is that this side table works well as a mini work desk, and it's lightweight enough to be portable.
Eltham 3-Drawer Mirrored Side Table
Nightstands and Bedside Tables
November 7, 2018
Cannery Bridge Night Stand, Mystic Oak
Nightstands and Bedside Tables
September 7, 2018
Looks great and very sturdy for laminated wood.: It took me a little under and hour to build and it looks just like the picture. Generally you get what you pay for in furniture and I feel like I got what I paid for plus a little extra.
Notre Dame Nightstand With USB Port, Warm Brown
Nightstands and Bedside Tables
May 21, 2016
A Great Addition: This night stand was a great addition to the spare bedroom and very simple to put together. I thought the idea of having a USB port would be a nice benefit for those staying in the bedroom. It is a true dark espresso.

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