Of all the problems that may present themselves in the bedroom, the most life-altering, tragic one is having to get up out of bed because there’s nowhere within reach to put your night light, glass of water, reading material, or whatever else it is that gets you through the night. That is to say, there’s no excuse not to have a bedside table.
The good news? In this category, your options are virtually endless. Whether you’re looking for style inspiration or you need to get creative because you either don’t want to spend money on one or don’t have space for more furniture, you’re in the right place. Keep reading for twenty alternative bedside table ideas, plus a handful of regular ones for the traditionalists out there.
A Side Chair
Even a regular old side chair can look cool in the right environment. Here, the loose bedding and makeshift side table accent chair contribute to that easy, undone elegance.
A Console Table
With two twin beds against the walls, keep it feeling streamlined and clutter-free with one console table between them.
A Bar Cart
That bedside table (from our Whole Home concept house) is actually a bar cart! This bedroom by Jackson Paige Interiors proves that anything can be a side table if you want it to be (well, to an extent, but you get the idea).
A Stack of Books
It doesn’t get simpler than this. For a super easy, affordable, chic bedside table that isn’t really a table, stack up some books. Keep piling them on until you reach your desired height. This one in a minimalist bedroom designed by Hecker Guthrie stays close to the ground, along with the bed and sconce.
A Floating Shelf
Secure a floating shelf or tiny floating table to the wall as to save floor space but still have a place to put your nighttime essentials. In this minty monochromatic bedroom designed by 2LGStudio, the pint-sized floating table breaks up the wall nicely.
One of the biggest challenges in a small bedroom is finding places to put all your stuff since the bed takes up most of the room. Think outside the box… Even a windowsill can provide extra storage space for decor, lighting, and other essentials when there’s no room for an extra table.
A Classic Nightstand
Larger than a nightstand and smaller than a dresser, this is the Goldi Locks of bedside tables. With three roomy drawers and a sleek shape, it strikes the perfect balance between form and function. It also complements the color scheme and adds a touch of contemporary style to the Heidi Caillier-designed oasis.