Nightstands are right up there with your bed when it comes to bedroom essentials. Think of them as the workhorses in your bedroom, give you a convenient place to set down a glass of water and your phone at night.
With so many styles of nightstands to choose from, finding the right bedside table for your bedroom can feel daunting. There are Mid-Century-style designs, more traditional chest of drawers or glamorous burlwood pieces to name a few. Where do you even begin?
For some inspiration and guidance, we’re breaking down the most popular and common nightstand styles and what sets them apart. Find out more below!
If simple and sleek is what you’re after in your bedroom, transitional-style nightstands offer that and more. Transitional nightstands are the most versatile, so they make for great foundation pieces in any style room. That also means they’re easy to accessorize with home decor in an array of styles, be it a traditional ceramic table lamp and or a modern vase.
The Perks: They’re usually made with wood, metal or lacquer so they always look polished.
These nightstands have an “antique” look that brings a more formal air into your bedroom. The ornate details make them perfect for classic interiors, but they’re also great in eclectic spaces, where they can balance out brighter colors and patterns. Traditional-style nightstands also often reflect the new traditional look.
The Perks: They’re often made of wood and have elegant details like brass pulls and turned legs, which give them Old World charm.
Similar to traditional nightstands, farmhouse-style nightstands lean formal but have a more rustic appeal. It’s in keeping with farmhouse style home decor and emphasizes natural materials and textures. Which means they always bring a touch of rustic elegance to farmhouse and country-style bedrooms.
The Perks: They’re usually made with treated woods that have a weathered look, which gives them a beautiful patina and a bit of vintage flair.
Distressed Vintage Style
For those who want a softer farmhouse look, country-style nightstands gives you rustic with a bit of romance. It’s also known as the shabby chic look, which is all about the aged aesthetic and vintage appeal. Because of their flea market vibe, they go well with other vintage art and objects. Find out how to mix accents thoughtfully with our surface styling tips.
The Perks: Country-style nightstands usually have a painted distressed look, so scratches and scuffs only add to its worn beauty.
Modern Glam Style
These styles of nightstands, in keeping with their umbrella style hollywood glam design, are statement-maker and want to be seen. They work best in bold bedrooms, although glam nightstands can also add drama in a contemporary space. What’s great is that this style of nightstand is can be a focal point in a bedroom, but they also complement other equally eye-catching home decor as well.
The Perks: They’re often made with luxe materials, such as burlwood and brass. Some glam nightstands also feature lacquered and mirrored surfaces, which add a glossy high-style look.
These nightstands capture the beach-house look and are perfect alongside natural materials and woven textures in a relaxed bedroom. Coastal-style bedside tables have a way of evoking the ease and elegance of oceanside homes in a space. There’s no shortage of inspiring nightstand styling ideas, but you can never go wrong with beachy accents on a coastal-style nightstand, like a jar table lamp and nautical art.
The Perks: They’re usually made with painted or weathered woods, and they sometimes have seagrass and jute details that give them an extra sophisticated coastal look.
For fans of the Mad Men Mid-Century look, it’s all about nightstands that boast a simple modernist form, clean lines, and functional design details. Mid-Century-style nightstands are super versatile, so they’ll work in a wide range of interiors. That also means they’re great investment pieces and have staying power even if your bedroom taste changes over time.
The Perks: Very often they’re made with warm natural woods, such as acorn or walnut, and are designed with clean lines and tapered legs. It’s what makes Mid-Century nightstands iconic and they won’t ever go out of style.
In most cases, modern nightstands can be identified by their sleek form and slight Danish appeal. They have simple silhouettes that work seamlessly in a contemporary or minimalist bedroom. They’re also easy to style it up with smooth white ceramics and a modern table lamp for an organic touch.
The Perks: Modern nightstands are often made with brass and acorn wood, which lend warmth.
Minimalist and functional without sacrificing beauty, these bedside table designs stay true to Scandinavian design style. Their simple form and slender, tapered legs give them a contemporary touch, making them gorgeous accent pieces in any modern bedroom.
The Perks: True to Scandinavian aesthetic, this style of nightstand is made with simple but beautiful natural wood that gives them their chic and cool look.
With rustic style nightstands, the emphasis is on bold natural materials and deep earthy hues. The result is a refined-rustic look that’s well-suited for any contemporary bedroom. Given their practical form and natural tones, rustic nightstands are not your typical statement pieces but they won’t go unnoticed.
The Perks: Many rustic nightstands have unique design details, such as a scalloped wood facade or black-steel hardware. It adds visual intrigue and makes them instantly eye-catching pieces.
The detailed woodwork, tongue and groove joints, and no frills design make Craftsman-style nightstands easy anchor pieces for in any bedroom. The focus on craftsmanship means that you can rest assured that these practical beauties will not wear and will stay well intact for years to come. Craftsman-style nightstands are very versatile, so they can easily be worked in interiors, ranging from rustic and industrial to Americana traditional.
The Perks: Carefully crafted using the best woods with an attention to detail and function, these are timeless investment pieces.
Minimalist design is characterized by function, geometry and simple color palettes. These sleek minimalist nightstands check all those boxes but also manage to have a modern feel without appearing cold. They often mix beautifully with other rustic, modern, and Mid-Century style furnishings in a bedroom.
The Perks: They’re often made with solid woods, like sleek espresso-toned wood, which give minimalist-style nightstands a thoroughly modernist feel. Opt for simple styling to maintain a spare look. For example, skip table lamps for pendants!
Classic Formal Style
Classic elegance defined. Not only do classic formal nightstands have an elegant form, they also often provide ample storage. When it comes to nightstand alternatives, a refined classic formal console or vanity table can do no wrong. Any classic formal-style nightstand is also bound to stand out in a traditional, modern, or eclectic interior.
The Perks: They’re usually painted wood and come with ornate details, like ring pulls, carved motifs, and an elegant curved form.
For those who crave an eclectic bedroom design that’s layered with color, pattern, and unique designs, eclectic-style nightstands is the way to go. Eclectic style often gives off a bold boho look, so you can expect nightstands of this aesthetic to be one-of-a-kind pieces in every sense. Think of eclectic nightstands as your answer to a bold-on-bold bedroom look, where it’s all about home decor with bright colors, textures, and shapes.
The Perks: With eclectic nightstands, you’ll always find them made with unique materials and details, be it carved wood motifs or inlaid geometric patterns. Talk about unexpected, captivating designs.
When it comes to bedside table styles that have an edge, you can’t beat the industrial look—which brings to mind a modern city loft. Simple, sculptural, and utilitarian, an industrial bedside table can bring an urban vibe to your bedroom.
The Perks: You’ll find that industrial nightstands are often made with cutting-edge modern materials, such as cement, stone, and dark polished metals. These add up to designs that are at once sleek and refined.
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