I’m a Style Editor, and This Bedroom Trend Is Going to Be Huge This Year
Matching bedroom sets have, well, a polarizing reputation to say the least. No matter your stance on the style though, a new, super-modern take on this look has recently been emerging, and it’s bound to dominate decorating this upcoming year: beds with built-in nightstands.
As a more design-forward approach to bedroom sets, low-sung, two-in-one headboards with attached matching end tables or shelves are on the rise. In fact, designer Sabra Ballon of San Fransisco-based ballonSTUDIO, points to this double-duty furnishing as a “sought-after trend for 2023.” That said, I’ve already started seeing bed-nightstand hybrids popping up in a handful of real homes, from Casa de Car Designs creator Carla Morrone’s bedroom in Savannah, Georgia, to the minimalist Chicago house tour pictured above.
With its roots in the high-end hospitality market, this symmetrical style consolidates three bedroom fixtures into one extended, mattress-framing silhouette, while still maintaining somewhat small footprint. Most feature fairly slim nightstand or shelf units “hung” completely flush to the mattress, meaning you get additional bedside storage (on both sides, no nightstand sharing needed!) without dominating a ton of square footage. Of course, these pieces obviously do demand a bit more clearance than your average headboard, but if your room allows it, beds with nightstands establish a clean, streamlined look that’s not overly matchy-matchy. In addition, per Ballon, the nightstand add-ons specifically bring “instant elevation to a tranquil bedroom space.”
Because this trend essentially involves buying a complete bed frame plus two (or more) additional end tables, prices do skew on the higher side. Comparatively though, you can still find all-inclusive bed-nightstand combos for less than the total cost of buying each item a la carte. Budget-friendly workarounds exist, too, like searching for just headboard versions specifically (versus entire bed frames) or tapping into vintage mid-century modern iterations (like this one-of-a-kind 1950s German beauty from Etsy). Either way, whether you want to upgrade your existing sleeping situation or pull off that sleek, hotel-quality twin nightstand effect, these furniture fixtures make for an easy — and stylish — one-and-done decorating focal point. Below, I rounded up a few of my favorite beds and headboards with built-in nightstands from brands like Article, CB2, and Wayfair, starting at $699.
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