A bedside table, or nightstand, is a small cabinet with drawers or table-like stand. It is usually placed next to a bed or somewhere in a bedroom and is meant to hold things that may be required at night or during other sleep hours. Most bedside tables are usually bought in pairs and are placed on either side of the bed. You can even work to coordinate them with the other pieces of furniture in your bedroom like the bed frame, headboard, dresser, wardrobe, and vanity.
Bedside Table Usages
Before homes had indoor toilets, nightstands usually functioned to hold chamber pots. Today, nightstands hold reading lamps, alarm clocks, reading and writing materials, and water glasses and jugs. Bedside tables can be hugely useful as they can prevent many unnecessary trips to other rooms to fetch what you need for bed. If your room has general overhead lighting or lamps far from your bed, a small lamp near your sleeping area can provide a convenient lighting option.
Items like eyeglasses, contact lenses and watches can be safely and accessibly stowed away. Medications, too, can find an appropriate home on a bedside table. Many tables feature locks that can prevent children from ingesting drugs. Bedside tables with drawers and shelves or just ample desktop space can even function as small personal libraries. Additionally, bedside tables can stow telephones for late night calls. Certainly, bedside tables allow for more than function. Some beautiful varieties can greatly improve the general decorative look of a living space. Indeed, there is even a great market for antique bedside tables.
Types of Bedside Tables
Bedside table varieties include those with:
- Simple tabletops and legs
- Traditional two drawers
- A cabinet-style look.
Cabinet varieties can provide a remarkably efficient storage unit for a bedroom. The most popular bedside tables are made from pine, oak, and mahogany and are available in a wide variety of designs and finishes. Some bedside tables are even made from wicker.
Modern bedside tables made from non-traditional materials including metal, plastic, and glass can even pivot and tilt. These specialty tables allow for a tabletop to be moved closer to those lying in a bed or sitting in a wheelchair. They can also be easily folded for storage purposes. Special kits are also available for assembling your own durable and functional bedside tables quickly and affordably.