When it comes to decorating your bedroom, selecting the perfect nightstand (or two) is a big part of the process—and can really help define the character of the room. And if character is what you're really after—we'd suggest thinking outside the idea of a traditional nightstand.
From an upcycled drum to a minimalist tray and stand, these bedside tables will take your bedroom far beyond basic.
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Part mid-century modern, part candy, this little nightstand we found from Anthropologie is one of those pieces that makes you happy just looking at it. We could see this unique creamsicle color looking gorgeous next to a bold blue and white toile duvet set or in a crisp, all-white room.
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A Handmade Illuminated Wooden Nightstand
What a bright idea! We love this nightstand we found from a unique maker on Etsy—it lights up from the inside, which eliminates the need for a tabletop lamp and makes room for a small plant, your books and an alarm clock. We just love how modern and interesting this table is—especially for the price!
Christiani Modern Co stacked wood nightstand, $131, Etsy
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Short on space, on a budget and looking for a minimalist vibe? This $30 floating rectangular shelf from Target is the perfect fix for anyone who doesn't need to have their whole life next to their bed each night. With enough room for a little succulent and a ledge for your phone, you'll save space and avoid clutter with this clever concept.
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To add a funky and modern touch to your bedroom, consider one of these artistic step stools as a truly unexpected alternative to your usual nightstand. This Kartell step stool from Wayfair comes in three primary colors as well as clear. We'd put one of these in a bedroom with an eclectic vibe.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Another bargain find, this geometric shelving unit can be hung on the wall or used as a hyper-organized (and exposed) bedside table. Your favorite things will be on full display with this one, so curate carefully.
Ruche Shelving bedside table, $43, Etsy
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Even those of us who aren't particularly musically inclined can appreciate the whimsy and style of this upcycled floortom drum that's been turned into a table—with storage! This designer on Etsy makes these tables in several different bright colors, which means you're bound to find one that fits with your color scheme. We think it's offbeat in a good way! (get it?)
Berben Design Floortom drum table, $474, Etsy
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Ah, the tray table. Perfect for a minimalist with a taste for trends, this clear acrylic tray is set atop a copper base, making it very of-the-moment. However, we'd argue that such a simple design also has great staying power, so you can invest confidently, knowing that this sleek and clean table will always look polished next to your bed.
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Quirky, bohemian, retro... There are a lot of ways you could describe this trunk-style bedside table. We'd just call it cool. This nightstand option has plenty of storage and would look extra chic in a woodsy, cabin-style decor scheme, or in high contrast to ultra-feminine linens and throw pillows.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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We would try this ultra-simple stump end table next to our beds, would you? (Sorry, we couldn't help ourselves.) We can already envision setting one of these on either side of a cozy flannel-sheeted bed, each topped with a few books, and lit from above by matching sconces.
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And finally, if you're seeking a vintage-infused or "Shabby Chic" vibe in your bedroom, Target has this clever set of three vintage-style suitcases that can be stacked on top of each other. (They can also be the perfect hiding place for extra pillows and blankets!) Don't be afraid to seek out your own quirky mix from thrift stores and flea markets to create this look and make it totally your own.