Alternative Nightstands

Alternative Nightstands

Gregory Han
Feb 15, 2008

A nightstand can be anything that corrals objects within easy reach on the side of the bed. This nightstand, by designer Marian Lassak, reminded us of one of the ways we repurposed objects to create a nightstand before we purchased the one we now use (we have the eileen gray tables and we love them; check here for a list of ten others we love); we know that other AT'ers have had the same idea (and more! see idea 10). We thought we'd bring together a list of "think outside the table" ideas here:

  1. Stools - we especially like one with rungs for hanging books and magazines on.
  2. Chair - an upholstered chair gives us the option of safety pinning our earrings or necklace into the fabric at night; a chair with arms gives us a place to hang our reading material. In the morning, of course, it's a place to sit and put on our shoes.
  3. A single wooden box, or a stack, hides things neatly.
  4. Ikea's lack shelf is always a great minimal look and keeps the floor clear.
  5. A drum was the inspiration for the classic table; if you have one (or two) around the house collecting dust, why not try the real thing?
  6. A music stand can hold our open book, a slender alarm clock and our glasses and display a pretty photograph or painting.
  7. A stack of books was the inspiration for the image above; a stack of silver film canisters is another alternative; cd jewel cases stack into a slender stand (stack them and give the pile a slight twist for something a little more interesting)
  8. An overturned plant pot or highly decorated planter while we're waiting for spring to arrive and take it away for another use.
  9. A tray, a lazy susan, a basket or a bowl holds objects just off the floor.
  10. We also love reader taureg's idea of a using a display dummy or a dressmaker form.


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