Updated: Mar 25
There is nothing wrong with having traditional pieces of furniture in our homes. We sure have things in our lives that we generally don’t feel like changing due to comfort and/or
functionality. However, in our bedrooms, nightstands are somewhat different. While these
pieces are our partners during the night holding our essentials like tissue boxes, lamps, books, photo frames, hand cream, and intimate items, they determine the style of the bedroom.
Why not rethink the whole design/functionality question with something unexpected. All we
need is a tiny bit of creativity, and your bedroom will look more voguish while still being
practical. This article will give you tips about mixing things up and creating a functional and
chic look for your bedroom with 5 ideas for nightstand alternatives.
1. Ottoman and poufs
Ottomans and poufs can not only stand as coffee tables or additional seats but can function as nightstands – ones you can sit on - too. These come in various sizes and shapes, and with a tray or some books on top to give you more stability, storing a glass of water, tissue box, or anything you need is sorted.
We find this to be a brilliant idea. Trunks or vintage-style suitcases, our great grandparents
used to travel with, are terrific nightstand alternatives. These might not reach the mattress
level, but with a bit of DIY and creativity, you can heighten them. Adding table legs or simply
piling books underneath is a good solution, but if you are fearless and have more than one
trunk you can stack them up.
The flat surface on top can hold your must-have items while you can add larger objects (blankets, books, duvets) inside it. We can assure you this will provide a rustic and charismatic look to your bedroom.
3. Floating shelves
Instead of a robust and expensive piece of furniture, why not try simplicity, elegance, and
effectiveness? Floating shelves are great nightstand alternatives as slim, minimalistic, and
clever-looking details that give you peace of mind. As a bonus, they leave more cash in your
pocket due to cost-effectiveness. As these are modest in size, you can store relatively smaller and fewer items on them; however, you can mount more than one on if you have the wall space.
Floating shelves have no legs to stand on, therefore plenty of floor space becomes free.
If you fancy, adding a stool or a chair will create a smaller sized vanity. How cool is that?
4. Chair or a stool
Some people don’t need to store many bits during the night as all they need is a book, a lamp, and an alarm clock. A chair or a stool will do just fine for cost-effectiveness and simplicity. It can be a stylish stool or one you already have in your home. You can style it up with some paint, and you are good to go (or sit in this case).
5. Dressing table
For some of us, having a dressing table is more important than a nightstand - and when our space is limited, we have to choose between the two. Luckily, a dressing table with enough storage space also works as a nightstand if placed just beside the bed: it’s in arm’s reach from the bed and you can also sit at the table - it’s multifunctional.
We spend as much time in bed with our nightstands as with our partners. The only thing our
partner does not do is holding our essentials during the night. So think about your nightstand
as your partner and choose an alternative nightstand to shake up your relationship with it.
Find even more nightstand alternatives on our Pinterest board: nightstand alternatives