How to Pick the Best Nightstand for your Bedroom

Do you know the three steps you need to take when thinking about choosing a new nightstand? We have them for you here.
How to Pick the Best Nightstand for your Bedroom

Last update: 25 October, 2018

Bedside tables are a essential part of any bedroom. They make our daily lives easier and allow us to keep our personal items close to us when we’re in bed. They also play a decorative role in our homes. If you’re considering picking a new nightstand for your bedroom and don’t know where to start, read on. We have some tips to help you out.


The first thing you’ll have to do when picking a new nightstand is to take some measurements. You have to know what will fit and what won’t.

After you’ve measured, the next thing you’ll want to do is think about how you’re going to use the nightstand. What are you going to store in it? What decorative effect do you want it to have? In the rest of this article we’ll carefully explain these steps so that it’s as easy as possible for you to pick the perfect nightstand. 

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1. Take measurements

Once you decide to renovate your bedroom, take action immediately! Start to measure the length and  width of the room that you want to redesign so that you know what size nightstand  fits. You absolutely need to know the maximum size nightstand you can buy so that you can make an educated purchase without having any regrets!

After you do this, take a third measurement. You need to know the height of the bed. It’s important that the table is the same height as the bed or a few inches lower than it. However, it’s not unusual to find nightstands that are higher than the bed. That being said, we advise you to buy a nightstand that’s the same height or shorter than the bed.

From a decorative point of view, tall nightstands are very attractive because they stand out from the rest of the bedroom furniture. However, although they may be beautiful, they’re not practical at all. When you’re lying in bed it won’t be easy for you to reach whatever you want that’s sitting on the table.

2. What are you going to keep on your nightstand?

Once you’ve taken action and measured the area for your new nightstand, the next thing you have to do is think about what you’re going to store on the table. This will depend on how much space you have in the rest of the bedroom. If you have a large closet or dresser in the room, you’ll probably keep your personal belongings there and won’t need any extra storage space. 

Bedside tables can give your bedroom extra storage space.

If, on the other hand, your bedroom is small and you have a closet that doesn’t hold much, you may want a nightstand that has some extra storage space.

Nightstand recycle

Our recommendation is that whatever you choose, it should have at least one drawer. Bedside tables without a drawer are aesthetically pleasing, but they’re not exactly practical. Only putting items on the surface can get messy and unorganized.

3. What decorative effect do you want to create?

Until a few years ago, we thought the whole bedroom had to match. The headboard had to match the nightstands, which had to match the dresser and the wardrobe as well. Although this idea hasn’t gone out of style, it’s no longer essential.

If you want to create a classic bedroom this is a good option. By matching all the pieces of furniture you’ll create harmony between the elements that results in a classic look that won’t go out of style. If you go for this option, choose bedside tables that are made of the same material and tone with the rest of the furniture.

vintage bedroom nightstand

The other option is more modern but a little more risky. You could consider buying different furniture that isn’t identical, but still matches well. If you want to go this route, opt for different ranges of colors and furniture with different styles and designs.

Our advice is to visit an antique shop or thrift store. You can find real works of art at a reduced price. You can also buy them already restored, or you can restore them yourself. There are plenty of pages on this blog that talk about restoring old furniture, and we recommend you take a look!

Create something original

Finally, if you’re a  person who likes to take a risk while also creating original styles, you can consider combining two different tables. Find some that have similar styles but different designs to create a unique effect. This option is becoming more popular. It allows you to give your personal touch to the room and make it totally original. Even if the bedside tables are completely different styles, you can paint them the same color and you’re all set.