If you’re designing a bedroom at home, nightstands are likely one of the first bedroom essentials on your list! Nightstands are the coffee table of the bedroom—they are functional pieces that can also add style and pizzazz to a master bedroom, guest bedroom, or kid’s room.
Lots of questions are bound to come up when coming up with nightstand styling ideas for your bedroom. Do you need one with storage space? Will you need enough surface area for a lamp or other decor? Do you like a bedside table with drawers vs. shelves? There are so many different types of nightstands with styles and shapes to choose from, it can be difficult to pick the right one for your tastes!
This week we’re rounding up different types of nightstands to help you incorporate the right one into your bedroom design ideas. Take a look at some of the pros and cons of each to help you decide!
1. Bedside Cabinet
This bedside cabinet packs a lot of punch into a cool, contemporary nightstand design. The bedside table has room for a lamp and also features a combo of drawers and doors, covering shelves inside for plenty of extra storage space. It also has a low-maintenance design—you can’t see what’s inside so there’s no need to keep your clutter organized! It’s great for tucking away books, toiletries and other things we need handy in our nightstands. Plus you can have a ball decorating this nightstand—check out our guide to surface styling 101!
2. Campaign Style Nightstand
Campaign style nightstands are Identified by the handsome brass hardware and corner caps. Historically, this style furniture was easy to break down and take on “campaigns” (i.e. long journeys). Furniture like this was used by traveling armies as long ago as the times of Julius Caesar! These days, the bedside tables don’t break down in the same way, but they still have the same distinctive brass pulls and corner covers. These types of nightstands offer extra traditional style to your space.
3. Built-In Nightstand
For a totally unique look, we love nightstands like this that are built into the bedframe. It’s not so much a standalone nightstand, but part of the bed itself! Some headboards have built-in shelves like that that you can use as a nightstand. They are great for small spaces because they don’t take up as much extra room. Some even have built-in wireless charging stations for an extra modern touch. However, they are often only offered on low-profile, platform bed frames, so you’ll find there are fewer options to choose from.
Check out our bed frame buying guide to learn more about the different types of bed frames!
4. Block Style Bedside Table
As the name suggests, these minimalist nightstands sit flat on the ground and form a solid block on either side of the bed. They often have one or two drawers for extra storage space. Block style nightstands tend to be larger in size—they are good for extra storage and work well in large master bedrooms. Because they are so sizable, they aren’t as great for small spaces. Block style nightstands are usually minimalist in shape, which means they can work well with many different styles! Check out our nightstand size guide to figure out what size nightstand is best for your bedroom.
5. Bedside Cocktail Table
We love a bedside cocktail table for a funky, eclectic bedroom! This style of nightstand is often more ornate—check out the Cabriole legs, turned base, and overall antique vibe. It’s more of a side table, making it great for small spaces. Nightstands like this can be repurposed from a living room and they can have many different uses over time. One downside, however, is that they only provide a surface tabletop without any extra storage space.
6. Open Shelf Nightstand
This contemporary nightstand has a super minimal design, with an open shelf and multiple tiers for storage space. There are no drawers and just a light frame, so these nightstands are often more affordable than heavier pieces. You can also add baskets to create a “drawer-like” feeling. The open space makes them a little higher maintenance because there’s no place to stash clutter—but if you like displaying personal items, these nightstands might be just right for you!
7. C-Side Table
We can’t get enough of this gorgeous modern nightstand! The bedside table is shaped like a large C and offers just a small surface area for books, a glass of water, or spot of decor. It’s a great option for small spaces or studio apartments—the base can even slide under the bed frame and the surface can be used as a tray or lap desk. These bedside tables also work great in living rooms as side tables—you can repurpose them in other spaces later down the line!
8. Shagreen Nightstand
It’s hard to get more unique than this beautiful Shagreen nightstand. The material is made of shark, stingray hide and has a scaled texture, almost like snakeskin. You can find it on different types of furniture, most often nightstands, dressers or console tables. Real shagreen is expensive and has a very luxurious look. It’s also possible to find faux shagreen, which is made of vinyl. This combo of gray and gold is great for classic formal or glam spaces.
9. Drum Style Nightstand
For a super sturdy nightstand that’s high on style, check out this eclectic, solid drum shape bedside table. It only has a small footprint so it works well in small bedroom designs—although it doesn’t offer any storage space. Drum style nightstands often have fun patterns, textures or appliques on the surface so they can add a little pizzazz to any room. They need to be visually balanced with other furniture—too much low furniture that sits right on the ground will make the room feel heavy. But these nightstands are super versatile and can also be used as side tables in your living room.
10. Nesting Nightstands
Nesting nightstands are great for a sophisticated bedroom style—and they offer a two for one (sometimes even 3) deal! One or two nightstands are tucked below a larger one—you can pull out the smaller table to extend available surface space as needed. These nightstands often come in more delicate frames, making them great for classic, formal or more traditional style interiors. You can also find some tables like this in more modern and contemporary shapes.
11. Oval Nightstand
If you’re someone who likes to think outside the box, check out this stunning oval-shaped nightstand. Unusual shapes like this offer unexpected flair to a modern, chic bedroom. You can find different varieties—some with drawers for extra storage space and some without. Keep in mind that it won’t sit flush against the wall, so it’s better for bedrooms with more square footage.
12. Bedside Stool
Instead of a proper nightstand, you can use a small stool—it’s one of our favorite nightstand alternatives. The flat surface works to hold essentials, like decor or reading material. This option works better with a floor lamp because the surface can be uneven. It’s a great option if you need to keep extra seats handy but also don’t need to make use of them all the time.
13. Dresser Style
The dresser style bedside table is not actually a nightstand but a small chest of drawers. This is a good option for large master bedrooms with plenty of extra space. You can keep smaller clothing items like socks and underwear here. They take up too much space to make sense for smaller bedrooms—but if you love the style, you could opt for just one dresser and save on space!
14. Etagere Style
Etagere furniture is a perfect touch for classy, contemporary bedrooms. These nightstands are made of open shelves and designed to display ornaments. They are often made of gold/brass with glass shelves and are very delicate pieces—so they don’t offer a lot of storage. They’re great for small spaces because they add no visual weight. However, keep in mind that they might require more cleaning to keep them polished and bright—and they’re definitely a little too fragile to make sense for a kids’ bedroom!
15. Trunk Nightstand
For a beautiful rustic bedroom, we love a nightstand like this that looks like a trunk. These bedside tables usually have drawers with leather strap pulls. The body is often leather with metal capped edges for a more industrial style. They are sturdy furniture pieces and can be on the pricier side because they are so substantial and well-made.
16. Floating Nightstands
If you want to save on floor space, or just like the look of minimal nightstands, try a wall-mounted bedside table that floats off the ground! It can be a single shelf or even have drawers, like this one. It’s a great look for small spaces as it doesn’t take up floor space or add any weight to a room. These nightstands can be more work to install, however—they have to be drilled into the wall and it makes it hard to rearrange the room layout as a result. But if you’re confident about the bedroom layout you’ve chosen, these can make a great addition to a space!
17. X-Base Bedside Tables
Rather than 4 straight legs, these nightstands have legs forming an X, for a sleek and sophisticated look. They often feature a campaign-style top (see above!), but come in a variety of different styles. These nightstands work well with both glam and coastal design schemes. They definitely add a little visual intrigue to your bedside—something unexpected to spice up your bedroom a bit!
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