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Best Overall: Grain Wood Furniture Montauk Two-Drawer Solid Wood Nightstand
Measuring roughly 2 x 2 feet, this mid-priced night table is made from 100 percent solid pinewood, and a scoring technique has been used to give it a vintage look. There are several different finish colors available, including gray and a few shades of brown. The drawers have a metal gliding mechanism with safety stops, and they have plenty of space for books, skincare, or anything else you'll want to keep close at hand. Assembly is required.
Best Modern: West Elm Gemini Nightstand
With its elegant, 70s-inspired profile, this nightstand looks like it comes from a high-end vintage shop—minus the expensive price tag. The rich-looking walnut veneer and burnished bronze legs give it a distinctive look, and softly curved drawer pulls offer a nice contrast to the table's sharp angles.
The nightstand is made from sustainably sourced, engineered wood that's certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, a group that ensures the area where the lumber comes from is managed in an environmentally responsible way. Another perk that eco-minded shoppers will appreciate: Greenguard Gold Certification, which means that the chemicals used are considered "low emitting," and therefore safe for sensitive individuals such as children or the elderly. Assembly is required, and the piece measures 18 x 26 inches, making it one of the taller nightstands on the list.
Best Rustic: Pottery Barn Benchwright Nightstand
This attractive, hand-distressed night table has grooves and saw marks that help give it a reclaimed look, and it comes in a choice of two colors: blackened oak or rustic mahogany. The wood itself, which has been kiln-dried to help guard against cracking and warping, is a mix of solid poplar, oak veneer, and MDF.
For storage, you'll get the best of both worlds: A drawer for stashing things you'd rather keep out of sight, and an open shelf that's perfect for books or a small trash bin. The drawer will glide in and out like butter, thanks to waxed wooden glides and dovetail joinery (a technique where the pieces of wood are nested together snugly, eliminating the need for extra hardware). There are also safety stops to prevent the drawer from flying out unexpectedly.
Pottery Barn includes a set of adjustable levelers, which are pieces that help the nightstand stay stable on an uneven surface. At 28 inches wide, this is a sizable tabletop, while the height (2 feet) is fairly standard.
Best for Storage: Beachcrest Home Tarquin One-Drawer Nightstand
As its name suggests, this crisp white nightstand with bronze hardware would look lovely in a room with surfside-inspired decor, although it's also available in black if you're going for a sleeker look. Though it's not a huge piece of furniture, it's packed with nice design details such as bun feet, Chevron-patterned cabinet doors, and wood trim that's reminiscent of crown molding.
This piece is crafted mostly from solid pine wood, although the top and trim have some manufactured material as well. The drawer has a soft-close, ball bearing mechanism and a cup-shaped pull. The double doors on the cabinet open to reveal two shelves, and at 30 x 28 inches, this is one of the larger night tables on our list. Assembly is required.
Best Set: Loon Peak Urbana One-Drawer Nightstand (Set of Two)
If you'd like to have matching nightstands on either side of your bed, consider these streamlined pieces from Loon Peak. Each one measures about 16 x 22, so they won't overpower a room. They're made from manufactured wood that's been given a distressed look, with black metal frames that form an eye-catching "X" on each side. You will need to assemble them yourself, but the sweet price makes it worth a few minutes of work, and most shoppers found the process simple.
An open shelf at the bottom provides extra storage, so you can stack some books or keep smaller items contained with a cute basket. Note that the drawers aren't on tracks, so they may stick slightly.
Best Floating: All Modern Andi One-Drawer Nightstand
Maybe your bed is an odd height that makes many nightstands unworkable. Or perhaps you're a minimalist and really just need a surface and a drawer for your bedside needs. Whatever your reasoning, this floating piece, which measures 26 inches wide, evokes a modern hotel room. It's made from manufactured wood and there are a few color choices, including white lacquer and wenge, a chocolate brown. The piece comes mostly assembled, you'll just need to add the chrome handle to the drawer and, of course, mount it to your wall. Need more storage? You can get two drawers and stack them vertically or mount them side-by-side.
Best Glass: Birchlane Hempstead End Table
Is an open, barely there glass-and-metal table your idea of the perfect nightstand? If so, you'll want to consider this affordable piece, which measures 22 x 22. The metal has a subtle matte finish and the tempered glass is designed to resist shattering. Though the round glass top won't fit perfectly into corners, it does allow you to feed lamp cords or phone charging cords down to the outlet easily. While this pick doesn't have storage, it's a good option for anyone who just needs enough room for a bedside lamp and a glass of water.
Best for Kids' Rooms: OSP Home Furnishings Slick High Gloss Accent Table
Looking to add a pop of color to a kids' room? This high-gloss side table, which is made from molded plastic, is nearly cube-shaped, and the open storage space is a great place for stashing books or stuffed animals. It's sturdy enough to survive a kid's bedroom. We love that, while it's certainly bright and playful enough for kids, it's also cool enough to use elsewhere when they outgrow it, like as an outdoor side table.
Best Budget: IKEA Side Table
This popular pick from IKEA proves that it's possible to find a functional, attractive night table that won't blow your entire home decor budget. It comes in two colors (black and white), and both have a particleboard tabletop that can be flipped over to show a dark gray side, instead.
The surface is square, measuring about 16 x 16 inches, so it's ideal for a small space. It's simple to assemble (as long as you're comfortable with reading IKEA instructions). At just 14 pounds, it's also lightweight enough to move around, but hefty enough that it won't tip over. It's also versatile if your furniture plans change: You can paint it or use it as an end table in another part of your home, if you switch up your bedroom decor.