Choose two vintage tables for a unique look.
Instead of matching nightstands, designer Michelle Smith of Studio MRS mixes vintage or antique tables to add interest, but still achieves balance by choosing tables of similar width and height. "I prefer vintage or antique bedside tables, which means matching usually is not an option, it's a combo of flea markets, antique stores, and 1stdibs. If I can't find something just the right size, I'll either customize the ideal antique version in just the right size or do a round skirted table with a thick glass top. Often, I'll use a round table on one side with a square table on the other. They don't have to match, but they should be balanced in width and height. If one table is higher than the other, then the lamps should also be different heights so that the tops of the lampshades are at the same height. I'm religious about symmetry and balance, but I don't like being obvious about it."
Recommended table height: Within 2" of the mattress, higher or lower.
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