Nightstands: Necessary Evil or Creative Challenge?

I've always had a love-hate relationship with nightstands, probably because it can be so difficult to find exactly the right blend of form and function for any given bedroom. I've had tiny tables that barely held a lamp and a clock, I've had a small bookshelf that held a large selection of bedtime reading, I've even tried going without a nightstand (which was a disastrous choice for me).

Now that I have an exceptionally high antique bed, I was lucky enough to find the perfect small dressers on Craigslist to serve as my nightstands (though they needed lots of TLC). I love my non-nightstand nightstands, and also love to learn about other creative options like Yoannah's red chairs, Regina's selection of budget options, and the Pile of Books Nightstand pictured above.

How do you feel about nightstands? Are you happy with the ones you have? Do you have a fun or creative non-nightstand option you'd love to share? Tell us all about it in the comments below.