I've been rounding up these little luxuries for a number of years and have even been corrected (happily) that a "bedside carafe" MUST (in order to earn its name) have a glass attached to it. Agreed. So this is my biggest selection yet of the best options out there right now, from traditional to modern, from high to low. The one up top is my top pick this year, because the shape is unexpected but still elegant, and it's totally affordable. I could see this working in all kinds of bedrooms, from the traditional to the super-modern. Want more? Have ideas of your own? Head below...
How To DIY It
If you can't find a bedside carafe you like or if you just want to do your own thing, it's quite easy to find glasses that will fit well and interestingly onto pitchers and carafes you buy separately. I've experimented over the years, and the pic above shows one of my most interesting creations. Made with a Reidel Swirl decanter and Portuguese beer glass and binchotan charcoal with useki stones, you can read all about it here.
From CB2, here is your super affordable modernist offering. Handblown and straight as a soldier, this is one of the tallest designs at over 10 inches tall.
This perfect, stout bedside carafe is a great way to add a little color to your bedroom.
A high-end look at a price that's right. And it's dishwasher safe!
Our Previous Lists:
- Best Bedside Carafes
- Suggestions For A Decent And Affordable Glass Carafe?
A simple, elegant design that holds plenty of water (38 ounces) for the especially thirsty types.
From a new shop I recently found, Gessato, this Picardie-inspired carafe and glasses could be used in the bedroom or dining room for wine as well. I like the idea of having a few of these and guests taking them up to bed after a long dinner, filled with cold water and swinging by their sides.
With a similar shape, but with an nicely observed etching along the side and the compelling addition of ice to inspire, this solution adds a nice little twist with a capacity of 16.75 ounces.
From AllModern and made by Ravenscroft, this actual crystal carafe and cup are not the most elegant, but I like how tightly the glass is married to the inside of the carafe, instead of the outside. Unique and with a capacity of 16 ounces.
Other Good Resources:
- This Chic Nightstand Essential Is Key to a Restful Night's Sleep - One Kings Lane
- Nursery-Safe Carafes - Project Nursery
- What You Need on Your Bedside Table - Architectural Digest
Perhaps the most high tech selection, the W/W is designed as a decanter for many things, but would be a luxury at bedside. By English designer Benjamin Huber, the metal strainer sits in the neck to hold back ice, citrus or leaves, while it also can aerate wine when used as a decanter: "The new carafe is called W/W, which stands for 'water' and 'wine', as it can be used to serve a variety of beverages. When serving water or soft drinks from the W/W carafe, the rubber seal and stainless steel breathing device prevent ice and garnishes, such as fruits and herbs, from splashing into the glasses."
From Emma Woffenden and Tord Boontje for Artecnica, this series of designs features all recycled glass and has been an incredibly popular concept for Woffenden and Boontje since 1997: "The bottles are collected, sorted and crafted by artisans in Guatemala. They are hand cut and sandblasted which often leaves them with slight imperfections, making them unique and adding to their character. As bottles are recycled, colors can vary."
Imagine a whiskey bottle melted down into heavy recycled, green glass and now ready for water, and you'd have this guy. This solid, square design is recycled from "old windows, automobile glass, and all sorts of bottles."
My third most expensive and my top of the line modernist pick, this handblown water carafe by minimalist Swedish designer Ingegerd Raman is made by Skruf (est. 1897), "one of the last glass making studios in Sweden. Originally designed in 1968, this carafe has now become a classic."
From New York-based designer Anna Karlin, these colorful carafes come paired with a lid/cup in a contrasting color.
Here's the top of the line, from Esque in Portland, Oregon. A beautifully handblown update (2014) to their pitcher and cup line in stunningly colored glass, the design is by A Kovel and J Parker. Each piece is unique, with a matching cup that also keeps dust out of your water. Perfect for a bedside table at around 12" tall. Available in orange or indigo.
Re-edited from a post originally published 7.19.2015 - NM