Decorating & Design

February 27, 2015

Trading In Typical Nightstands

Typically nightstands come in fairly standard sizes, so we often see bedrooms with too-small nightstands next to a larger bed. If you have a small nightstand with lots of empty space next to it, consider a larger piece of furniture instead of a nightstand. Keep the proportions and size of the room in mind when choosing new furniture, of course.

If you have the space to swap out your nightstand for something larger, and need to maximize storage, try a dresser. Other great options are a console table, writing desk or vanity table. The larger surface area is the perfect spot to store more books, boxes and decorative objects, plus offers the functional advantages of a writing desk or vanity. Try using a tray to corral items together.

Remember that you don’t need matchy-matchy nightstands in a bedroom, and it’s much more interesting if they’re different sizes and have different functions — closed vs. open storage, for example.

If you only have space for one small nightstand, you can still swap it out for something more interesting: Try an ottoman with a tray on top, a stack of suitcases or books, a rustic stool or even a small chair if you don’t need extra storage. If you do need storage, how about a basket under a leggy chair? The possibilities are endless! Be creative and think outside the nightstand.

Author: Jennifer Koper & Gwen Matsell

Angus Fergusson


Wall colour, Pale Powder (204), Farrow & Ball; console, Ikea; rug, duvet, cover, Elte; pillows, coverlet, Lucca; headboard fabric, Designer Fabrics; table lamp, green-framed painting, Burnett; suitcases, 1212 Décor; stool, ChairTableLamp; blue box, green tray, L'Atelier; gold boxes, pink and cream stone boxes, tabletop mirror, perfume bottles, jewelry, Cynthia Findlay Antiques; wood boxes, framed clover, Angus & Company; hanging mirror, Morba.


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