Not the Same Old Nightstand: 4 Furnishings You Never Knew Could Double as a Bedside Table

Is your bedside table a bit of a snooze? Try one of these clever swaps from HGTV Magazine.

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July 22, 2019

1. Floating Shelves

Meet Your New Nightstand

Meet Your New Nightstand

Wall Paint: Hopeful Dream by Behr

Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

Wall Paint: Hopeful Dream by Behr

A pair looks ultra sleek—plus you gain floor space for a pouf or a basket. Hang the bottom shelf at bed height to put a book and an alarm clock within arm’s reach. Put a top shelf 14 to 16 inches higher to display photos and other pretties.

2. A Writing Desk

Meet Your New Nightstand

Meet Your New Nightstand

Wall Paint: Stone Eagle by HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams

Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

Wall Paint: Stone Eagle by HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams

This stand-in is especially great for small spaces, where it helps to have pieces that do double duty. Get a desk with two drawers—one can hold lip balm, lotion and eyeglasses; the other, office supplies. A tall task light is equally handy for working and for reading in bed.

3. A Rolling Bar Cart

Meet Your New Nightstand

Meet Your New Nightstand

Wall Paint: Parroqueet by Ressource

Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

Wall Paint: Parroqueet by Ressource

Even if the only beverage you put on it is a glass of water, a bar cart in your sleeping quarters looks glam, and it’s practical, too. The bottom shelf has enough height for stacked boxes to hold odds and ends. Time to vacuum? Just roll it out of the way, then back again.

4. A Filing Cabinet

Meet Your New Nightstand

Meet Your New Nightstand

Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

A petite kind (this one is 16 inches wide) in blush pink looks pretty, not workhorse-y, though it actually holds a lot. Two short drawers and a tall one corral magazines, a tablet and, yes, important papers. Free up the top by skipping a lamp and hanging a sconce on the wall.

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