Buying Guide: How to Choose the Best Bedside Table
While your bed is the most important furniture piece inside your bedroom, the bedside table anchors this centrepiece and turns your room into an elegant and more functional space. Having a nightstand in your bedroom is an easy way to organise your space and keep the essentials nearby at night.
Aside from the design of your bed, your nightstand will determine the overall look of your bedroom. Your choice of bedside table and the way you style it beside your bed frame can transform your space into a warmer one. While buying a bedside table is not a priority for many, we at Megafurniture will introduce you to the importance of a bedside table and help you find the best match for your lovely bedroom.
Read on for our complete guide to buying bedside tables to help you choose the right piece to beautify your space.
Before the Search
Before buying your bedside table, you must first decide whether to buy a single piece or two. Most shared rooms have a nightstand on each side of a table to cater to the individual storage needs of the sleepers. This setup creates a symmetrical appeal in the bedroom. If you want to get two bedside tables for your home, it's good to consider your available space and the look that you want to achieve. For some homeowners, two matching nightstands make a welcoming room. Others choose mismatched designs to add distinction and flavour to the bedroom design.
Types of Bedside Tables
Furniture shops offer many different types of bedside tables. There are different styles, colours, materials, and sizes to choose from, depending on your needs. Here are some common types that you can check out while shopping for your nightstand.
If you need more than a tabletop surface for your lamp and knick-knacks, a bedside cabinet is a piece that you'll enjoy having in your bedroom. A bedside cabinet comes with a combination of drawers that give you plenty of storage space. This is a great solution if you need to store more things in your room and keep your clutter hidden.
Block Style Bedside Table
Want a minimalist style in your bedroom? A block-style bedside table brings simplicity and lots of storage into your space. This nightstand lays flat on your floor, like a block, and boasts its minimalist look and spacious storage capacity. When designing your master's bedroom, a block-style bedside table is a great choice.
Open-shape Bedside Table
This variety presents a tiered design to provide open storage space for your books, bedroom essentials, and other small to medium items. This bedside table features a lightweight frame design that makes a room look more spacious and less occupied. If you're a fan of creative storage, this open bedside table is a great choice for your space.
Think classic and elegant; a baroque nightstand boasts an intricate design and mindful craftsmanship. To establish a sophisticated and generous look, a baroque nightstand is a good choice for your warm space.
Shaker Style Bedside Table
With its slim design and single drawer, a shaker-style nightstand is mostly seen in compact rooms. Unlike a baroque nightstand that is generous with details, a shaker-style bedside table focuses on simplicity and utility.
Mid-century Modern Bedside Table
Speaking of form meets function, mid-century modern nightstands remain popular because of their utilitarian function and simplistic design to fit any modern interior style. This design evolution gives us multiple varieties of materials, colours, and detailing that are beautiful and purposeful. To identify a mid-century modern bedside table, look for varieties that boast natural materials, earthy colours, and a clean design.
Contemporary Bedside Table
Like a modern bedside table, contemporary pieces feature clean silhouettes and simplicity. A good distinguishing factor between the two is that modern designs favour natural materials, while contemporary pieces welcome man-made elements like glass and metal. Contemporary design also welcomes dark, bold neutrals and smart overall aesthetics.
C-shape Bedside Table
This table is not only known for anchoring the sofa, but it can also work as an accent piece to support your bed frame. A c-shape bedside table presents a clean design and provides ample surface area to keep your items in place. Because of its unique shape, you can push this table closer to your bed to use it as a table for your meals.
Pedestal Bedside Table
Another lightweight piece of furniture to anchor your bed, a pedestal bedside table brings a contemporary appeal to your bedroom with its lightweight design and neutral colour choice. Some pedestal nightstands lean more on the traditional side with their wooden build and intricate details.
A floating or wall-mounted nightstand makes a contemporary bedroom more beautiful and space-efficient. When installed, this bedside table provides ample storage surface and decorative appeal without taking up any floor space. This gives a light and airy feel to your bedroom.
Feeling creative? You can turn a stool or a chair into a surface where you can design your lamp, clock, and other small items that you like to keep in place.
What to Look for When Buying Bedside Tables
After knowing the common types of bedside tables, it's time to understand the other considerations when buying nightstands.
Size of the Bedside Table
Not all bedside tables are the same. As mentioned earlier, there are narrow bedside tables. There are larger ones applicable for master bedrooms. Before buying your bedside table, it's important to measure your space and identify the right height and dimensions proportionate to your bed frame. The general rule when deciding the size is to look for a piece that is about the same height as the top of your mattress. It's also important to consider the size of your decor or other items when looking for a bedside table to ensure that everything is proportionate.
Materials Used for the Bedside Table
Aside from the size, it's good to choose materials that will not only look good in your bed but will also define its overall ambiance. When choosing the material, consider the look you want to achieve, your lifestyle, and the maintenance. Some materials are easier to maintain, while others need more care. Aside from keeping your lamp and books in place, consider if you'll also use your nightstand for meals and glasses of liquid.
Your Storage Needs
Do you need a good surface area to keep small items in place, or do you plan to use your bedside table as extra dedicated storage in your bedroom? If you plan to do the latter, opt for a nightstand with drawers and door cabinets. To use your nightstand for medium-sized items, you can upgrade to a dresser or block-style nightstand with more spacious storage to offer. For your lamps and alarm clocks, it's also necessary to choose a nightstand with ample surface area to keep everything organised.
Make your bedroom an oasis that you'll love to come home to. A bedside table is a small piece of furniture in your bedroom that brings big benefits to your space. If you want to create a warm and inviting bedroom, start investing in a fantastic nightstand now!
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