A Better Bedside by Bedtime: 6 Ideas to Make Your Nightstand Look & Function Better

A Better Bedside by Bedtime: 6 Ideas to Make Your Nightstand Look & Function Better

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Adrienne Breaux
Oct 5, 2014
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It's your faithful and handy companion all night and into the morning. Whatever kind of nightstand you're rocking, from a sleek floating shelf to substantial side storage, there are a few elements you can consider incorporating into your bedside arrangement to make it not only look nicer, but work better, too. Here are six ideas for improving your bedside by tonight. This compact area is an easy place in your home you can quickly improve this weekend (and still have plenty of time for fun). Use one idea, all of them, or a few!

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1. Get a handle on the book stack situation
Get those books off your nightstand entirely by using a sleek wall-mounted shelf. This will limit how many books you can keep by your nightstand, be easier to see which ones are available for a little before-bedtime reading and in general, give back much-needed space on your nightstand you could use for other things. We like Umbra's $13 concealed shelf.

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2. Bring back the alarm clock
As we've read before in the great post: Using Your Phone as an Alarm? Here's Why You Should Stop, there are reasons keeping your phone by your bedside isn't the best idea. So get retro with an alarm clock and maybe snooze a bit better.

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3. Hide your phone charging station
If you need to keep your phone by your side as you sleep, at least disguise the whole charging area. Use tape or other wire management tricks to adjust wires and plugs, or consider DIYing a charging station from a creative idea.

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4. Make that refreshing drink of water a lot more attractive
A swig of water right when you wake up will make you healthier everyday. So keep dust (or bugs — yes it's happened to me once) from settling into an uncovered glass of water by investing in a lovely water carafe. It also seems like such a luxury item, and will make you feel like you're treating yourself as soon as you wake up.

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5. Make your reading lamp a whole lot more functional
By actually making it a wall-mounted light, instead. You can move it right where you need it to focus the light where you're reading, and move it out of the way out of use. They look stylish and sleek, and won't take up any room on your nightstand, keeping it from feeling cluttered. Not into drilling holes into your wall (or can't because you rent)? Choose a lamp with a very narrow footprint, instead, and aim for one that has a movable arm.

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6. Use the power of scent
Many are already familiar with lavender's ability to lull you into sound sleep, but chamomile, jasmine and even vanilla scents have all been shown to help folks sleep better. If you still haven't taken our advice and added a scent to your sleeping setup, do so today. Opt for organic candles, essential oils or actual plants that produce calming scents. But most importantly — choose a scent that seems peaceful to you, even if it's not one of the more conventional scents for sleeping!

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How have you designed a nightstand that meets all your sleep time and morning needs?

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