All hail the humble nightstand! As much as a comfy bed and light-blocking curtains are essential to a good night's sleep, you can't knock the impact that a nightstand can have on your relaxation time. It allows you to store a good book or crossword puzzle nearby in case you need to force a little drowsiness, keep your phone (which is probably also your alarm clock) close at hand, and find the perfect space to hide a midnight snack. So you definitely need one, but where to begin?
Please don't do what I did after college and use the same dingy plastic storage bin as a nightstand for four years: invest in something beautiful and functional that suits your specific needs and tastes. Let's see what Apartment Therapy Marketplace has in the way of bedtime buds:
With the majority of these solid wood picks coming in under $100, you know we're off to a great start. If you're not looking to get too complicated with your bedside storage, a compact little nightstand with drawers is the way to go. The first two picks also have great potential to be painted/refinished, since a $50 buy was made for you to get creative with.
Looking for something a little more customized to your tastes and needs? This under-$300 crew has something for everybody: wall-mounted for small spaces, campaign style for fans of luxe designs, and a solid dose of authentic mid-century modern quality.
The biggest names often come with price tags to match. Style-savvy vintage design enthusiasts will recognize authentic Paul McCobb and Broyhill pieces, both of which can double as side tables if you only need one nightstand. And for those who crave a little bit of uniqueness: a 1940's hospital table that pairs well with an industrial style-room.