Learn From Vern: Nightstands

Vern Yip of Live in Vern’s House shares his best tips with HGTV Magazine for finding just the right nightstand for your bedroom.

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Size Choices

The ideal nightstand depth is about 25 inches or less. Any bigger and you’re likely to bump into it. Keller 20 3/4"W x 18"D x 26"H wood night table in apple green finish, $639, ethanallen.com

Watch for Height

Because beds vary in height—from 17 inches for a platform bed to 36 inches for a canopy style—nightstands do, too. One that’s the same height as your mattress or a few inches taller is comfortable for reaching a glass of water or shutting off the alarm. Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler Crescent Heights 20"W x 16"D x 22"H wood and metal nightstand, $585, jcp.com

Junk Drawer

You won’t regret a nightstand with storage. Consider how many small items accumulate near your bed—remotes, books, phones—then pick one with shelves or a drawer if that’s what you need. Devon 26 1/2"W x 20 1/2"D x 28"H bedside table, $299, potterybarn.com

Match Sizes

The bigger the bed, the bigger your nightstand can be. If you have a king mattress, go for something with heft, like a two-door cabinet. For a twin bed, try a leggy table. Hayworth 19"W x 16"D x 29 3/4"H wood and mirrored glass bedside chest, $300, pier1.com

Two (Not) of a Kind

Matching nightstands aren’t a must. In fact, mixing styles can add personality. Choose two that are about the same height and width, and that share one design element, like material or color. Stockholm 19 3/4"H x 16 1/2"-diameter fiberboard and wood bedside table, $99, ikea.com

Mix Up Materials

Just as nightstands don’t need to match each other, they don’t need to match your bed. A mirrored nightstand or something sleek and lacquered looks good with a traditional wood bed. A stained wood nightstand is a nice contrast to an upholstered headboard. This tray pulls out for more surface area. Cameron 26"W x 16"D x 26"H wood nightstand, $398, lampsplus.com

Design for Real Life

If you put jewelry on the nightstand or like to have a cup of water nearby, pick a material such as glass or metal that’s not as prone to nicks and stains. If you love wood or fabric, top it with a piece of glass—you can have one custom-cut at a framing shop. Or get some coasters to keep bedside. Hayden 17"W x 25"D x 24 1/2"H hardwood and cotton upholstered table in chevron stripe spa, $501, ballarddesigns.com

Expand Your Shopping

For an out-of-the-box option, use a small dresser as a nightstand. It may be taller than a typical nightstand, but in a tight space, it’s a great double-duty option. Safavieh Sherrilyn Grey 18"W x 15"D x 21 1/4"H wood side table, $277, laylagrayce.com