They’re the ultimate in form and function. Nightstands give your bedroom decor a final accent while also creating a space for essentials. They let you refresh a room without totally redecorating—add bedside tables with vibrant lamps or floral arrangements and you can easily change the ambiance.
So, what do you need to consider when looking for nightstands or bedside tables? Read on!
Finding the Right Nightstand Fit
How tall should a nightstand be? Ideally, a nightstand should be the same height as your mattress or two to four inches above it. It’s harder to reach down when you’re in bed. If you suddenly find yourself fumbling after adding a thick memory foam topper to your bed, that’s why.
To find the right nightstand width, consider the size of the room and the scale of your other furniture. Also, factor in function. If you want only a small lamp and alarm clock on your bedside table, you can get away with smaller proportions than if you need a lamp, clock, phone and water carafe.
Matching a Nightstand to the Size of Your Room
If you have a large master bedroom, you’re in “anything goes” territory. Even that black nightstand won’t be too much. Wide nightstands with drawers can easily flank your bed, giving you ample room on the top and extra storage for books, remotes, flashlights, notepads and more.
For smaller rooms, you’ll need to lighten up. Literally. White nightstands or mirrored nightstands will give you functionality that doesn’t overwhelm the space. A headboard with built-in nightstands can also help save space. These fit particularly well into the clean lines and sleek geometry of mid-century modern decor.
Coordinating a Nightstand with the Bedroom Decor
Are you creating a traditional bedroom with mahogany or cherry furnishings and deep accent colors? Dark wood nightstands are the perfect punctuation. Remember that everything doesn’t have to match. A different finish is fine if the nightstand is in the same general style as your bed and dresser.
Do you love contemporary decor with its natural, neutral tones and ample light? Choose modern nightstands with clean, uncluttered lines. Going for a nautical or cottage vibe? Consider wicker or rattan for an airy, seaside feel.
If you’re into shabby chic, keep your colors in the same family but mix and match furnishings to your heart’s content. Upholstered headboard and light wood nightstands? That’s not a problem in this decor.
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