The 11 Best Nightstands of 2021

The smallest piece can have a big impact in the bedroom

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This nightstand has a simple, sleek design and three drawers for ample storage.
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The budget-friendly find has a rustic brown finish and pinewood legs that offers rustic charm.
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This compact nightstand comes in various chic finishes.
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This nightstand has a unique cylindrical shape that'll add some contemporary flair to your space.
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With a mirrored front and trellis overlay, this nightstand is sure to make a bold statement.
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This floating drawer shelf is a perfect small space solution.
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This nightstand is made of stained pine and features metal hardware for a mid-century modern feel.
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Crafted from pine with a natural wood grain finish, this nightstand is the perfect combo of rustic and chic.
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The off-white distressed finish and X-patterned sides of this nightstand make it perfect for a farmhouse-style space.
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It has a built-in USB port and sleek metal design for an industrial feel.
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Nightstands are a practical way to store all of your bedside essentials. And while they tend to be smaller pieces of furniture, they can also make a big impact in your space when it comes to adding a little style and flair.

Luckily, there are tons of options out there that are both functional and beautiful. From wooden styles to round designs, we've rounded up top picks that'll upgrade your beside with ease.

Here, the best nightstands.

Best Overall: Andover Mills Rushville 3 - Drawer Solid Wood Nightstand

Rushville 3 - Drawer Solid Wood Nightstand

Size: 15 x 19 x 23 inches | Material: Solid wood | Storage: Three drawers

What We Like
  • Offered in multiple colors

  • Three drawers

  • No assembly required

What We Don't Like
  • Offered in one size

  • Expensive

This Rushville 3-Drawer Solid Wood Nightstand has a classic style that lends well to any bedroom decor. Handcrafted from acacia wood, this nightstand has a simple minimalistic design that adds to your space without demanding all of the attention.

The three drawers add a decent amount of storage space, so you'll have plenty of room for beside essentials and more. Plus, it comes in nine colors so you can choose one that blends in seamlessly with your room or use it to add a pop of color, like turquoise or orange.

Best Budget: VASAGLE Nightstand End Table

VASAGLE Nightstand End Table

Size: 19.7 x 15.7 x 22.8 Inches | Material: Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF), pinewood | Storage: One drawer, one open compartment

What We Like
  • Budget-friendly

  • Versatile design

What We Don't Like
  • Includes one drawer

  • Offered in one color

If you’re shopping for a nightstand on a budget, this retro-style pick from VASAGLE can help elevate your space without breaking the bank. Made of engineered wood sitting on top of solid, tapered legs, this nightstand has one drawer and an additional shelf space that you can use to stack books or display other knick-knacks and keepsakes. This nightstand is offered in a rustic brown color that'll work well with various design styles and furniture colors.

Best Small: Safavieh Sabrina Nightstand

Safavieh Sabrina Nightstand

Size: 17.7 x 13.8 x 31.9 inches | Material: Pinewood | Storage: One drawer, one shelf

What We Like
  • Compact size

  • Offered in multiple colors

What We Don't Like
  • Limited storage

  • Assembly required

With its narrow wooden frame, turned legs, and oversized top, the Sabrina Nightstand from Safavieh fits nicely into small spaces, but still offers enough surface area and storage space for your bedside essentials. In addition to a small drawer with a pull knob, it has a bottom shelf that you can use for extra storage or a display area. And it comes in multiple finishes, so you can choose which color suits your space. Keep in mind that standing at 31.9 inches (or just over 2.5 feet) it’s taller than most nightstands.

Best Round: Urban Outfitters Tabitha Nightstand

Urban Outfitters Tabitha Nightstand

Size: 20 x 14 inches | Material: White oak wood, MDF, plywood, oak wood veneer | Storage: One shelf

What We Like
  • Versatile design

  • Offered in two colors

What We Don't Like
  • Available in one size

This Tabitha Nightstand from Urban Outfitters has a white oak finish and round edges that add a soft, beautiful touch to any bedside. The cylindrical shape is completely closed on one side, but opens on the opposite side to reveal an open shelf. You can turn the shelf toward the outside to display books or other decor pieces, or face it toward the wall to act as a hidden storage space. It also comes in a warm brown.

Best Mirrored: Lark Manor Eckenrode Nightstand

Lark Manor Eckenrode Nightstand

Size: 13 x 18 x 30.5 inches | Material: Manufactured wood | Storage: One shelf

What We Like
  • Available in two colors

  • No assembly required

  • Tall and narrow design

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Mirrored nightstands give off a high-class vintage vibe, and this one from Lark Manor looks like a beautiful antique piece that’s been treasured for years. It has a solid wood frame—available in a white or neutral gray finish—with a mirrored front that’s accented with a trellis overlay. Instead of drawers, it has one door that opens to reveal two shelves where you can store everything you need by your bed.

Best Floating: Pottery Barn Teen Lane Drawer Shelf

Pottery Barn Teen Lane Drawer Shelf

Size: 12 x 17.75 x 10 inches | Material: Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF), metal | Storage: One drawer, One shelf

What We Like
  • Available in two colors

  • Saves floor space

What We Don't Like
  • Limited storage space

If you want to save on floor space, or you just like the look of a floating nightstand, this Lane Drawer Shelf from Pottery Barn Teen combines elevated style with functionality. It fully mounts to the wall, and has a drawer, shelf space, and top surface that provide plenty of room to store or display all of your essentials.

The painted white matte finish gives this floating nightstand a clean finish, and also makes it easy to wipe down if you need to. If you want to add to the look, you can pair it with the Lane Storage Mirror Shelf and the Lane Cubby Mirror Shelf to create a bedside storage space that doubles as wall art.

Best Modern: George Oliver Gertz 2 - Drawer Solid Wood Nightstand

Gertz 2 - Drawer Nightstand

Size: 14 x 20 x 24 inches | Material: Solid pinewood | Storage: Two drawers

What We Like
  • Available in multiple finishes

  • Removable hardware

What We Don't Like
  • Assembly required

If you have a modern style, this Gertz 2-Drawer Solid Wood Nightstand offers character, stability, and function. It’s made of stained pine wood that’s as durable as it is stylish and finished off with antique metal hardware and beveled front details that add to the clean lines.

The two drawers offer plenty of storage, so you can store everything from glasses to your latest read with ease. Plus, each nightstand is unique thanks to natural wood color variations throughout.

Best Wood: Nathan James Harper Mid-Century Oak Wood Nightstand

Nathan James Harper Mid-Century Side Table

Size: 16 x 16 x 23.5 inches | Material: Pine, engineered wood | Storage: Two drawers

What We Like
  • Available in multiple colors

  • Lifetime manufacturer warranty

  • Mid-century modern design

What We Don't Like
  • Assembly required

Made with a wooden frame and pinewood legs, this mid-century modern nightstand has a space-saving design and neutral finish that make it ideal for your bedroom or as a small side table wherever you need some extra surface area. It has two easy-glide drawers accented with high-end gold hardware and a natural wood grain finish. If you prefer a contrasting look over a neutral one, you can also get the nightstand in black and brown or white and brown. There’s an all-white version available too.

Best Farmhouse: Sand & Stable Lana 1 - Drawer Nightstand in Off White

Sand & Stable Lana 1 - Drawer Nightstand in Off White

Size: 17 x 22 x 26 inches | Material: Manufactured wood, mahogany veneers | Storage: One drawer, One open compartment

What We Like
  • Distressed finish

  • Removable hardware

What We Don't Like
  • Assembly required

  • Expensive

  • Available in one color

This Lana 1-Drawer Nightstand is the perfect addition to a farmhouse- or cottage-inspired bedroom. Crafted from manufactured wood and mahogany veneers and finished with off-white distressing, this nightstand has a weathered look that gives off major rustic vibes.

Additional details, like an antique nickel drawer pull and X-patterned sides, add to the charm, while the lower storage space and single drawer give you just the right amount of additional space next to your bed.

Best Metal: Latitude Run Jabella Metal Nightstand

Latitude Run Jabella Metal Nightstand

Size: 13 x 19 x 24 inches | Material: Metal | Storage: One shelf, One cabinet

What We Like
  • Available in multiple colors

  • One-year warranty

  • Built-in USB port

What We Like
  • Expensive

  • Assembly required

This Jabella nightstand from Latitude Run proves that metal can be chic. This sleek nightstand has straight legs and an upper shelf that sits on top of a ventilated door that opens with a pull tab. It includes a built-in USB port on the top, so you can keep your devices charged while you scroll through Instagram in bed. Plus, it comes in five classic colors—black, blue, gray, red, and white—so you have plenty of options to coordinate with your space.

Best Rattan: Urban Outfitters Caroline Rattan Nightstand

Urban Outfitters Caroline Rattan Nightstand

Size: 20 x 17.13 x 23.5 inches | Material: Rattan, mindi wood veneer, mahogany wood | Storage: One drawer, One open compartment

What We Like
  • Geometric design

  • Large storage options

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Available in one color

If you’re all about shabby chic, this Caroline Rattan Nightstand, an Urban Outfitters exclusive, is it. Strands of rattan are woven through the nightstand, including the geometric legs, to create a textured motif across the whole front face.

It has one tab-pull drawer and an open compartment on the bottom, so in addition to adding some style to your room, it also gives you a place to stow away some bedside necessities. And each one is handmade to order, so you’ll get a truly custom piece.

What to Look For in a Nightstand

Size

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a nightstand is the size. Measure the area next to your bed (or wherever you want to put it) and then choose a nightstand that falls well within those dimensions. Make sure to consider height too—some nightstands are taller than others and if you have a low platform bed, the two might not be a good match.

Style

Style is a personal preference, but it also plays into how your nightstand will fit and look in your bedroom. If you have a small area, rounded or narrow nightstands may be the best option since they increase surface area without a bulky design. You’ll also want to consider whether you want closed drawers or doors or if open shelving is enough to suit your needs.

Assembly

Many nightstands require assembly, so make sure to keep that in mind when choosing one. Some only require you to place the top on the legs in a one-step process, while others are more of an involved one to two hour process. Make sure you’re aware of how much time and effort is required in putting the nightstands together, and enlist some help if a two-person assembly is noted.

FAQ
  • How tall should a nightstand be?

    The height of your nightstand depends on the height of your bed frame. Typically, taller nightstand styles tend to be somewhere around 30-inches high, more or less, which is worth considering if you have a platform or storage bed. In general, you'll most likely want the top of the nightstand to align with the top of your mattress.

  • How can you decorate a nightstand?

    Nightstands can be both stylish and practical so there are tons of ways to decorate them. If your nightstand has open shelving, consider stacking some decorative coffee table books and keeping it minimal so it looks organized. If you're working with a cabinet or drawers, top it off with a stylish lamp or alarm clock.

  • How do you pair nightstands with your bed?

    If you're styling your bedroom with individual pieces instead of a furniture set, consider your bed frame and other pieces of furniture you already have. Depending on your style, you can use nightstands as a pop of color or create a more cohesive look.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was written by Lindsay Boyers, a freelance home writer who has written for The Spruce since 2019. From furniture to small appliances, she's written about all things home and knows what makes a product great. To make this list, she considered each pick's size, style, and assembly. More of her home-related writing can be found on MyDomaine.

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