Choose closed storage if you live in your bed.
"My approach to styling bedside tables is to look at a person's lifestyle," explains Toronto designer Sloan Mauran. "I tend to live in bed when I'm not at my desk and love a laptop, magazines, note pads, phone, tea, water, remotes, headphones, novels, Kleenex, hand lotion, the list goes on. I hate clutter, so I love a large night table to accommodate all the things someone would want to store. I would always suggest buying as large a table as possible — form should follow function and considering how we tend to live, we need the storage. Swing arm lamps can be handy for a reader and are necessary with curtained or canopy beds, but I have a penchant for table lamps as they're an opportunity to make a statement. If you're styling a table for guests, add flowers, a box to hide remotes, candies, a water carafe and a silver tray for rings and reading glasses."