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Design Challenge: 1 Nightstand, 3 Ways to Style It

nightstand ideasAhh nightstands… They are a smart, if not obvious addition to any bedroom. Not only do they make your space feel more put-together and polished, but they also offer much-needed shelving, storage and surface area in a super convenient location – right next to your bed. They can even be a great way to add some personality to your bedside if you share with a partner.

To help inspire some nightstand ideas for your bedroom, we challenged our design team to pick one nightstand and style it in three different ways. We love the beachy elegance and the handwoven raffia detail that’s sure to add both texture and storage to your bedroom. But don’t be fooled, this nightstand works surprisingly well in rooms of all styles – from rustic, to classic, and even eclectic.

Ready to give your bedside an upgrade? Read on to see some of our favorite nightstand ideas in action!

rustic nightstand ideasRustic

For this design, we wanted the nightstand to be the star. To get the look, embrace a clean aesthetic with a neutral color palette and minimal decor. This lets the textures be the star so you create a room that stands out! The seagrass of the nightstand pairs perfectly with the subdued cane bed frame and the two pieces come together to create a space rich in depth and dimension.

No need to crowd your nightstand with vases and frames. We’ve styled this room with a delicate carafe and single candle to keep it simple and sleek. The beauty of a space like this comes from the understated elegance. Bold art helps to ground the scene and balances the dark blue hue of the nightstand. Hanging artwork next to the bed frame is a great alternative if you’d rather not hang it above your bed (those of you living in earthquake zones, take note).

Bonus Tip: Combining prints like we did with the geo-floral artwork and tribal pillowcases gives a rustic space a cool, eclectic feel.

classic nightstand ideasClassic

If a classic, coastal escape vibe suits your tastes, this might be your perfect nightstand solution! Flower motifs are essential in a classic space. Let florals bloom with flower pillowcases and art featuring classic floral patterns that complement your nightstand. We added a fine-china inspired lamp that helps bring in a splash of blue and an eye-catching pattern.

Nothing says “classic” like a blue and white color palette! The deep blue wall color ties all of the individual elements together, especially the blue stripes in this hand-woven jute rug – one of our favorite pieces for spring. And a pop of yellow in the wall art adds warmth to balance the blue mood. Natural elements give the room an earthy feel and we love the woven texture of the headboard and jute rug.

Bonus Tip: Keep a stool nearby for a handy place to take off/put on shoes, drop your bags or sit with a beverage and enjoy the view!

eclectic nightstand ideasEclectic

This design style is perfect for risk-takers and those who want a bit more personality at their bedside! The perfect eclectic nightstand setup is all about finding balance. Design elements like a gallery wall or a statement rug pair well with more toned-down elements like a white bedspread and neutral accent pillows.

Smartly arranged art and thoughtful accessories on top of the nightstand are also essential. When picking art for a gallery wall in an eclectic space, go for pieces that have a variety of subjects, styles, and even frames. Portraits mixed with still lifes are a striking combo and cover all your art history bases!

If your nightstand, like ours, has an open shelf, take full advantage of the storage space by using baskets. They help coral clutter, keeping your bedside tidy and put together. The extra baskets in the corner tie in with the eclectic theme and also provide space for knick-knacks and extra pillows.

Bonus Tip: Who says all nightstands need a table lamp? Make use of all the surface area by incorporating a floor lamp instead. Just be sure it’s the right height to match your bed and nightstand to make for an easy reach when you’re ready for bed.

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Rest Assured: A Guide to Finding the Perfect Bedside Table

bedside table

When it comes to the bedroom, tracking down a good bedside table is a common hurdle many of our homeowners face.

If this sounds like a familiar struggle, don’t stress. We’ve totally been there and we feel your pain. Nightstands and beds come in all sizes, shapes, and styles, which makes finding the perfect pairing a bit difficult, not to mention time-consuming. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We’re here to help!

To start, here’s an easy rule of thumb: When choosing any nightstand, find one that’s around the same height as the top of your mattress.

Read on for more on how to find the perfect nightstand to go with your bed, no matter the size.

If you have a low bed…

The top of your mattress usually will measure around 18”–22” off the ground. You’ll want to look for a nightstand that’s similarly low-profile at around 16”–18” tall. You can even try some bedside table alternatives, like a stool, a short side table, or even a mini ottoman.

For a perfect pairing, we opted for CB2’s Alchemy Bronze Bed with the Hans End Table from Lumens.

bedside tableIf you have a medium-height bed…

It’s probably about 22.5”–25.5” from the ground to the top of the mattress (25” for most standard beds) Choose a nightstand that’s approximately 23.5” high for the perfect fit.

For a stylish combo, we recommend pairing together West Elm’s Andes Deco Upholstered Bed and Penelope Nightstand, which has an open base that can help to keep the bedside feeling open and spacious.

bedside tableIf you have a tall bed…

You’re looking at a mattress that’s 30”–33.5” off the ground. This means you’ll want a nightstand that’s at least 28” or taller to ensure that it’s easy to reach.

The best part about a tall bed is that it’s pretty substantial in scale so you can even pair it with a small dresser that adds storage instead of the table—just as we did here with a wrought-iron Mason Bed from Crate & Barrel and Washed Wood Nightstand from Anthropologie.

 

Ready to test out nightstands in your own bedroom?