The nightstand is the second-most essential bedroom furniture piece after your bed. We like to think of the nightstand as the coffee table of the bedroom—not only does it bring function and style to your bedside, but it also enhances the look and feel of your overall bedroom.
There are a handful of things to consider when picking out your bedside table, from making sure you get the right size nightstand to go with your bed to choosing a style that goes with the rest of your room. And with so many bedside table options in the market, it can be tricky finding a nightstand that fits your style and daily needs.
If you’re not sure where to start, consider focusing on mid century modern designs. Here’s why: Mid century nightstands usually come in streamlined and compact sizes, have slender tapered legs, and are often designed with storage drawers—all of which make them both stylish and functional. Plus, these qualities make a mid century modern nightstand incredibly versatile for use in any style room or setting, be it a minimalist bedroom or a classic farmhouse guest room.
That said, there’s a wide array of mid century modern nightstand designs to choose from and it can feel overwhelming at first. For some guidance, we’ve rounded up our favorite mid century nightstands below. Read on to see the many different styles and why we love each of them!
1. Polished & Practical
When it comes to mid century modern nightstands, this has all the classic design elements (compact size, brass tapered legs, deep drawers) with polished style to spare. The lacquered ash wood gives this piece a glossy finish that’s sure to bring a touch of chic style to any room.
Try a white-on-white approach and use it as a bedside table against white walls and alongside a white bed and bedding, all of which will help establish a stylish and soothing look.
Why We Love It: The luxe lacquered finish also makes it super durable against everyday wear and tear. Additionally, the design details may appear subtle but it’s an overall statement piece.
2. Scandi Style
If you love clean lines and a calming atmosphere in your bedroom, consider a Scandinavian Mid Century style bedside table. One made with light bamboo and crafted with a streamlined drawer and tall slender legs, as seen here, can help set an uncluttered and airy tone in your bedroom.
Flank your bed with a pair of Scandinavian-style nightstands to bring in a hint of natural wood texture as well as give your bedside an open look and feel.
Why We Love It: This nightstand has a timeless silhouette that’s certain to last for years to come. Plus, the open base with the delicate legs help give the illusion of more bedside space.
3. A Rustic Touch
For a warmer, cozier bedside table option, look to mid century modern nightstands with rustic industrial appeal. That means designs that feature warm woods, hairpin legs, antique-inspired details (this one has six apothecary-style cubbies that look like one drawer), and a vintage vibe.
Take a cue from this cozy eclectic bedroom, and make a statement with a rustic-industrial nightstand. This is great if you have a uniquely designed bed. You want to pair bold with bolder!
Why We Love It: This nightstand has a bit of antique flair that instantly warms up a bedroom. It also has an unexpected look and makes for the perfect display surface for eclectic objects and curios.
4. The Cool Stool
Don’t forget that there are also tons of nightstand alternatives beyond tables and chests. Take an unconventional route by pulling in a mid century modern stool for a bedside table. This one features a classic mid century silhouette with a walnut wood frame and a woven seat.
A low stool is perfect if you live in a small space and need a makeshift nightstand. Or if you love the eclectic boho look, using a stool for your bedside is sure to play up the artsy, curated vibe.
Why We Love It: With its curved frame, beveled seat, and tapered legs, this stool also adds a bit of architecture to the bedside.
5. Small-Space Wonder
Speaking of small bedrooms, one of our favorite design hacks is to pull in a C-side table—a must-have when it comes to small apartment furniture. It makes for a super compact bedside table that slides snugly under your bed, freeing up floor space.
Try a walnut C-side table for a classic mid century look, which will bring a bit of natural texture to your bedside. The best part is that you can pull the table into another room for use in a pinch.
Why We Love It: In addition to being a space-saving furniture piece, a C-side table has an organic mid century silhouette that adds warmth and visual interest to any bedside. Win win!
6. Compact & Colorful
When you think of mid century modern nightstands, you generally don’t think of a painted bedside table. But a bright table can make for the best bold idea in a bedroom, like this dark juniper-green nightstand. Here, it adds a pop of color and instant style to the neutral space.
If you’re experimenting with a painted nightstand, always go the vibrant route. A single bold-colored nightstand is all you need to turn your bedside into a focal point.
Why We Love It: The round shape of this nightstand is fun and unexpected, which matches its upbeat color. If you’re going for a quirky vibe, go with a piece that’s totally unusual and unique.
7. Pure Retro Style
For those who have a soft spot for mid century modern nightstands with an obvious retro Mad Men vibe, these drawer chests are for you. Their classic mid century design elements—rounded edges, tapered legs, big drawers, walnut wood graining—make them feel cozy and familiar.
A pair of these retro chests will work beautifully alongside a clean-lined bed since their rounded silhouettes offer a bit of juxtaposition. You’ll want to round it out with equally funky accents.
Why We Love It: This is a bedside table that pretty much has it all. It has a timeless shape, plenty of storage, and it provides a lot of surface space for holding accents and everyday items.
8. Statement Piece
There’s no rule saying you can’t go all-out bold with your bedside table selection. Turn both sides of your bed into focal points with statement-making dressers, like these burl-wood chests lacquered in navy blue. They even have brass knobs that give them an extra glam edge.
Use these captivating pieces as jumping off points for exploring various nightstand styling ideas and experimenting with other bold and colorful accents, like tall lamps and geometric mirrors.
Why We Love It: A style statement through and through, this is a luxurious and glam take on a mid century nightstand unlike anything else. What’s not to love?
9. Minimalist Chic
On the opposite end of the bedside table spectrum are clean-lined and pared-down designs, like this honey-oak minimalist chest. Instead of being a standout piece, this contemporary take on a mid century nightstand is all about blending in with the rest of the room for a cohesive look.
Pair this with a streamlined upholstered bed to bring out the warm wood tone of this piece. Or you can even combine it with a wood-framed bed for a classic Mid Century Modern look.
Why We Love It: This is a super versatile nightstand that goes with any decor, so it’s sure to remain functional for years to come. We also love the knobless drawers that have an elegant modern edge.
10. Bringing Back The ’60s
For another retro-style mid century bedside table, consider this solid walnut cubby nightstand that draws from 1960s-inspired designs. For a nightstand that offers stylish storage along with a practical surface area for accents, this one has both and is versatile enough to go in any space.
Try mixing this piece alongside colorful accents to present visual contrast in your space. Bright pillows, for instance, will help amplify the warm wood tones of this piece.
Why We Love It: Everything is seamlessly designed, from the raised lip around the edge to the chic drawer pull to the low tapered legs.
11. Airy & Petite
Pint-sized but packed with function, this single-drawer bedside table combines all the key elements of a mid century nightstand into a compact design. The blue-grey painted finish also gives it a bit of oomph that’s easy on the eyes.
If you live in a small bedroom and are on a budget, this is an affordable and stylish option. Tuck it in between a bed and a wall or place it in the middle of a dresser and your bed.
Why We Love It: The small size makes it great for apartment bedrooms and kids spaces alike, and the soft pop of color makes it a fun piece that’s still extremely versatile.
12. Classic Mid-Century Modern
If we’re talking about iconic mid century modern nightstands, this is it with its acorn wood, tapered legs, slightly beveled facade, and clean-lined drawers. Bonus that it’s also made to fit perfectly in small bedrooms.
The most clean-lined way to work in this bedside table in a room is to offset it with neutral designs, like a white or gray upholstered bed and white bedding. Keep it classic all the way.
Why We Love It: There’s no going wrong with this true-to-the-book Mid Century Modern design, which works as beautifully in a contemporary bedroom as it would in a colorful boho boudoir.
13. A Twist On Traditional
For something a little less modern, this bedside table has a traditional take on mid century that makes it ideal for bedrooms in a family home. While it has mid century details (short legs, rectilinear form, good storage), the oak brown finish gives it a more formal and traditional look.
Perfect in a master bedroom or a guest room, this piece offers style and substance while also lending warmth to the bedside. Just be sure to offset it with some fun colors and patterns.
Why We Love It: It’s a more subtle take on mid century design, which works great if you don’t want a super modern home aesthetic. It has a more formal feel that goes well with dark-wood furnishings.
14. Clean-Lined & Contemporary
By contrast, here’s a bedside table that features a more contemporary take on mid-century forms. It’s made of bamboo wood with a brass drawer pull, which gives it a more current and updated design look, but the legs keep it feeling classic mid century.
This makes for a versatile anchor piece in a color- and pattern-rich room given its subtle wood texture. If you love wallpaper, consider placing this nightstand bedside for visual balance.
Why We Love It: For a pop of retro flair that’s not boldly Mad Men or ’60s-inspired, this has just the right balance of old and new. It has a simple elegance that’s perfect for contemporary spaces.
15. A Chic Alternative
Finally, if you’re not sold on mid century nightstands, consider a beautifully made side table as an alternative. With its antiqued brass legs and marble top, this tripod side table adds major luxe style as a bedside table.
If you don’t need enclosed drawer storage, this can be an easy high-style approach for your bedside. Not to mention, it’s also a super versatile piece that can be used in other rooms.
Why We Love It: There are mid century elements to this table but using it as a nightstand makes for a sophisticated twist. If you’re not 100% settled on any design, this is a chic and effortless solve.
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