First Apartment Style Fixes: 9 Times a Chair Was The Perfect Nightstand

First Apartment Style Fixes: 9 Times a Chair Was The Perfect Nightstand

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Arlyn Hernandez
Jun 1, 2016
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Nightstands can be notoriously hard to find. Correction, good nightstands. Often the root of woes that I hear from friends, and heck, even myself, the search for nightstands can be arduous. How tall should they be? How many drawers are ideal? And, when, for instance, you are decorating a first apartment and have lots of other things to buy, I say: can't we just try something different, instead? So, in a throw-my-hands-up-in-the-air move of surrender, here are 9 examples of when a chair, rather than a proper nightstand, was good enough for now (and maybe later, too!).

The matching chairs flanking this bed make the whole arrangement seem utterly purposeful and carefree.
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A plant in a delicate vase would add style to a stack of tires.
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Admittedly, my own hyper-focused search for a substantially-sized solid-wood nightstand with a drawer took over my life for a few weeks last year around this time. I had scoured every thrift store within a 50-mile radius, looked and relooked on every major retailer’s website to the point where my google searches were waving the white flag and images of West Elm’s Acorn nightstand would just pop up with a suggestive question mark anytime I opened my computer (kidding?), but I either couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for (how hard is it to also get a shelf?!?) or wasn’t willing to bite the bullet and blow my $200 budget.

A plug-in sconce is a great pairing for a chair-turned-nightstand.
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Keep a basket nearby as a catch-all for magazines, books and other stragglers.
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At the time, I wasn’t inclined to compromise on what I wanted, or when it happened—I suffer from a serious condition I like to refer to as Veruca Salt syndrome—but now, seeing how lovely something as ubiquitous as a chair can be, I probably could have subbed in one of the many chairs I had lying around. Sure, you’re entirely giving up the coveted drawer, but hey, as a temporary solution (or even a long-term one) it certainly does the trick! There’s ::just:: enough room for a book, a drink, your glasses, smartphone and maybe a small lamp or plant.

No one said a chair had to have legs, right? Well, maybe technically, but this wicker swing is such a cheerful alternative!
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The white chair here matches the bookcase for a cohesive look.
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What do you think, would you try it? What alternative nightstand ideas are you proudly rocking at home?

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