When we think of our bedrooms, the first thing that comes to mind is our bed. We focus on making sure our comfort is taken care of so we have a place to rest peacefully at night. But the bed isn’t the only piece of furniture that adds to our comfort. Being comfortable isn’t just being enveloped by plush bedding; it’s also about making things convenient.
Getting out of your bed and walking to the dresser to retrieve items when you’re settling in for the night is very inconvenient. Nightstands are a very underrated piece of furniture that is often overlooked when purchasing a bedroom set. We usually just buy whatever nightstands come with the set to keep the look cohesive, but we don’t pay much attention to the design.
Choosing the right nightstand can make a difference in how you live in your bedroom. Let’s take a look at a few tips to help with your search.
First, get out that tape measure and start writing the numbers down. It’s good to have the dimensions you need handy as you start looking around. That way, you won’t fall in love with and pick a nightstand that won’t fit beside the bed. Measure from the floor to the top of your mattress, and that will let you know how tall the stand should be.
If faced with a challenging height situation, choose a nightstand that’s a bit taller rather than one that’s a bit shorter than the mattress top. Shorter tables will underwhelm the space and leave it looking unbalanced.
You will find nightstands in various shapes, sizes, colors, and textures to fit your style once you start searching, so think about your storage needs next. You may not have any additional storage needs, and a simple table design will work perfectly. However, if you’re like most of us, extra storage is always needed and welcomed with open arms.
You’ll have a place to store books, magazines, mobile devices, and anything else you use while in bed. The surface should be large enough to support whatever you want to reach over and grab throughout the night. That may include a lamp, glass of water, or a pair of glasses. For the storage underneath, consider whether you want drawers, cabinets, a combination of both, or a drawer with open space beneath.
Do you want the nightstands to match, complement, or contrast with the current décor? If you prefer the cohesiveness of matching furniture, stick with what you like. But, if you are a little eclectic or want to add pops of color to the space, the nightstand is a great way to express your creativity.
Choose one with a striped or floral pattern to really spice up the room. The key is to stick with the current color pallet when choosing patterns and prints. There are some exceptions to that rule, so don’t be afraid to experiment by using a vision board to gather all your ideas in one place.