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.
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.
With two twin beds against the walls, keep it feeling streamlined and clutter-free with one console table between them.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Though the ceilings are sky high in this bedroom, it’s too narrow for bulky furniture. Interior designer Emil Dervish accentuated the assets of the room with a built-in niche right above the bed to provide conveniently-located surface space as well as spacial intrigue.
When all you need is a little extra space for a sleek lamp and maybe a glass, opt for a garden stool. The swirls of peach and mint in this modern stool add a pop of color to the minimalist environment designed by Tamsin Johnson. The stool, along with the brass lamp, is a welcome surprise that warms up the cool white and gray bedding.
While there may not be room for a whole lot of extras in this tiny NYC abode designed by Shapeless Studio, each nook and cranny is brought to its fullest potential. The architectural quirk becomes a desk, providing a work space or a little vanity station to get ready.
In classic shabby chic style, each item is unpretentious and has a purpose, like the low bar stool stool propping up the night light. Every last detail in Teresa and Michael Drapkin’s home is lovingly curated. If you choose a plain wooden stool, consider painting it a fun color.
If you’re already creating a custom bed frame, consider building a side table extension. Use this one designed by Emil Devrish as inspiration if you like minimalism.
If your bedroom is big enough, use a dresser as a bedside table. This will create more surface space so you can have two lights and room for your knick knacks. Conversely, if your room is too tiny to fit both a bedside table and a dresser, opt for the latter since it also provides storage.
Andrew Arrick and Michael Hofemann, owners of home furnishing store Finch, embraced the country chic bones of their farmhouse by complementing it with shabby chic interiors and plenty of antiques. In their guest quarters in the attic, the side table is really just a repurposed trunk. You could do the same thing with an old crate, too. The refurbished pieces are brought back to life by the couple’s gorgeous oil paintings.
This all-black bedroom might be moody, but it’s also undeniably intimate, sexy, and cozy. The step stool next to the bed is basically just a makeshift two-tier side table.
A chartreuse lamp with corresponding gingham upholstery and bedding enlivens this master bedroom designed by Abney Morton Interiors. The color is energizing and fun but still feels in line with the cottage-style of the space. The folding bedside table warms it up.
Heidi Caillier opted for a sculptural wooden stool/side table in this eclectic bedroom. The rich colors and textural grain add some modern and masculine style to the classic and romantic floral, plaid, and linen pillows.
Use a pedestal! The tall, slim silhouette is interesting and unexpected yet classic. Tamsin Johnson opted for a shiny gold one, just wide enough to accomodate books and a lamp on top.
Designed by Leanne Ford, this bedroom proves that less is more. Though delightfully simple, it still looks put together and inviting. All it takes is layers of fresh linens, a small side table, and a reading lamp. The Hollywood Regency base adds just enough pizzazz.
The headboard in this bedroom designed by Arent & Pyke transforms an awkward corner bed into something more refined and polished. Work with an upholsterer to customize your own, or repurpose a folding screen. And the small two-tier side table is the ideal size for the scale of the twin bed.
Since this bedroom is basically a cocoon of light blue, there’s a strong sense of cohesion and personality. And while the color choice is bold, nothing about this room feels overwhelming. That’s also because it’s full of smart storage solutions, keeping clutter at bay. For example. the built-in bookcase flanking the bed eliminates the need for a side table.
Slide in a small coffee table, as Regan Baker did here. Lower in profile but similar otherwise, it’s a great alternative to a bedside table. This one is super classic and understated, allowing the thought-provoking artwork and sunny yellow bed to stay in the spotlight.
Designed by Nicole Hollis, this bedroom feels both down to earth and elevated. Maximize space by choosing one piece of furniture that can fulfill two needs. In this case, a desk that cozies right up to the bed.
This bedroom in Miller’s Hamptons home is another gorgeous example of how to make tricky preexisting quirks work, like an exposed radiator. She opted for a lucite console table (look closely) for a hint of modern style that doesn’t make the room feel too cramped.