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How To Shop For Nightstands And Bedside Tables

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How To Shop For Nightstands And Bedside Tables

Are you looking to purchase a new nightstand or bedside table for your bedroom? If so, then you may be surprised at just how many options are available to you. Furniture companies offer a wide range of bedside table styles and designs, making it easier for you to find one that perfectly matches your bedroom’s aesthetic.

What Kinds Of Nightstands And Beside Tables Are There?

There are thousands of different nightstands for sale online and in furniture stores. However, many of these bedside tables fall into a common category. The following are the basic types of bedside nightstands you will encounter in your search:

  • Minimalist: One of the more trendy styles for a nightstand is the minimalist look. Like the Journey Side Table by Zuo, these nightstands are very simple and rarely include drawers or other features besides the surface of the table.
  • Vintage: Vintage nightstands have a more traditional look that would be perfect in an older home with antique furnishings.
  • Modern: If your home has a more current look, then a modern nightstand will be the best choice for your bedroom. Modern bedside tables usually have a basic rectangle shape and one or more drawers adorned with simple hardware.
  • Wooden: This is the easiest type of bedside table to find when it comes to the materials used. Wooden nightstands are quite common and come in a variety of finishes, such as cherry, oak and walnut.
  • Metal: Though less common than wooden bedside tables, metal nightstands are another great option. Metal bedside tables are often quite sturdy go well with more modern or minimalist décor. However, there are exceptions to this rule, such as the Lamar Casual Iron Nightstand that would fit in with antique furnishings.

What Features Should I Look For?

Not all nightstands are created equal. In fact, there are plenty of features you can look for when selecting a simple item like a bedside table that will make it a better fit for your bedroom. Here are some ideas of what you may want to consider when buying your nightstand:

  • Pairs: If you’ve placed your bed against the middle of a wall rather than against a corner of the room, then you may want to get a bedside table for each side of the bed. Fortunately, it’s easy to find matching nightstand pairs alike these Modloft Ludlow Nightstands. If you do want two bedside tables, look for matching sets first since it may be less expensive than simply buying two of the same kind.
  • Storage Space: You may want your bedside table to contain at least one or more shelves or drawers to provide storage space. This is great for convenient bedside items like tissues, lip balm or a sleep mask. The Global Furniture Emily 2-Drawer Nightstand, for example, has plenty of space for these types of items.
  • Height: Measure how high your bed is off of the floor before choosing a nightstand. Beds can vary widely in height based on mattress thickness or the design of the bed frame. You’ll want your nightstand to line up pretty evenly with the surface of your mattress for more convenient access.
  • Part of a Set: You can save time (and money, potentially) by buying a bedroom set instead of looking for individual pieces that work together. While this Home Styles Paris Queen Bedset comes with a bed frame and nightstand, you can also find larger sets that include dressers or vanities.

Where Can I Find A Nightstand Or Bedside Table?

There are a few main options when it comes to buying a bedside table. You can look online, which gives you the convenience of comparing prices and styles almost instantly. However, shipping on furniture items can be expensive due to their size.

If you don’t want to deal with shipping rates you can check out local furniture stores. Major retailers like Target and Wal-Mart also sell furniture. Though the prices at major retailers are often lower, you might also find that the quality is lower than that of the items at a furniture store.

Overall, buying a nightstand can be a fun and easy way to perk up your bedroom’s décor. Be sure to take into account which style will look best in your room, as well as how much space you need for storage next to your bed. 

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