Proof That Nightstands Aren’t the Only Answer to Your Bedside Storage Woes

published Jun 2, 2019
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Bedside storage is a must-have in any bedroom. But what to do when you don’t have the space—or budget—for a brand new nightstand? Fret not friends; we did some digging and it turns out there are several alternatives to traditional bedside tables that still offer more than enough room for all of your nighttime essentials. From compact consoles to small side tables and more, here are six bedside storage solutions that aren’t actually nightstands.

1. Consider a Console

If you thought media consoles were only good for storing electronics, you’d be sorely mistaken. Take a cue from Maya Goldfine’s San Francisco bedroom and use a clean-lined console next to your bed instead of a nightstand to score twice the amount of storage space.

2. Small Matters

Sometimes, all you need next to your bed is enough space to set your phone and a glass of water. Case in point: This small triangular side table at Urban Outfitters offers just enough surface space to place a couple of items and hardly takes up any floor space. It also lacks the drawers found in traditional nightstands, so you won’t be tempted to accumulate clutter.

Credit: Leah Moss

3. Have a Seat

If you happen to be—no pun intended—sitting on an extra side chair or two at home then we have good news for you. You can follow in Rich and Leah Moss’ footsteps and employ a pair of chic accent chairs on either side of your bed to forge some bedside storage space, just like they did in their Silver Spring, Maryland home.

Credit: IKEA
LACK shelf, $59.99

4. Think Vertically

No room for a proper nightstand next to your bed? No problem. Just under a foot wide, the LACK wall shelf unit at IKEA is slim enough to squeeze into a tiny sliver of bedside space and provides seven shelves for plenty of storage.

5. Style Files

Searching for some bedside storage that makes a statement? Follow Brenda and Harry in Chicago’s example and opt for an eye-catching filing cabinet—they went with this contemporary one from CB2—instead of a traditional nightstand.

Credit: Amazon

6. Shape Up

If you aren’t already hip to C-shaped tables, like this sleek $40 one at Amazon, then now’s the time to smarten up. Not only are these clever accent tables designed with a curved base so they can fit just about anywhere, they’re lightweight and easy to move around your bed as needed.