If you're short on space, cash, or move a lot, try swapping traditional nightstands with something else from your home. Go "shopping" in other rooms and get those creative juices flowing. And you'll have a few less things to haul come moving day. Need some inspiration? Check out some ideas after the jump.
• Extra storage or seating. Chairs, poufs, ottomans, and benches work as bedside tables and are great to have around when entertaining. Try items that can also be used to hide extra linens or off-season clothes, like crates or trunks.
• Get crafty and DIY small space solutions. Even a regular table can become an interesting nightstand. If you have one table and need two, don't go shopping, cut it in half! Hang a bucket to hold the necessities, or stack those back issues and use it to rest the current copy.
• No matter how weird, you can make it work. A drum, a cheese box, a fireplace, a garbage can: people have used strange items as bedside tables. As long as your find isn't too much shorter or taller than your mattress, it's fair game.
Have you used non-traditional items as bedside tables?
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