Is Your Bedroom Too Small for a Nightstand? Try These 9 Genius Alternatives

Spoiler alert: None of them are actually bedside tables.

There are small bedrooms, and then there are tiny bedrooms. Our bedroom is so tiny, that we have almost no space next to our giant bed for standard bedside tables. As a small-space ninja; however, I’m used to handling these sorts of challenges. 

If you, too, have a tiny bedroom, gather 'round, because I’m going to offer up some bedside table alternatives that may just blow your mind.

Photo by: Land of Nod

Land of Nod

Wall Shelf

An easy substitute for a bedside table is to simply use a wall-mounted shelf. I love this solution because you can almost always find a shelf that’s the exact dimensions you have to work with. For example, if you truly only have a few inches available next to your bed, a cube shelf could be a great solution. Even with a tiny shelf, you can keep essentials like lip balm, a small book, a pen and your cell phone.

Our Product Pick: Acrylic Cube Shelf, Land of Nod

Photo by: CB2


Kitchen Storage Cabinet

Clocking in at only 10 inches wide, this kitchen storage cabinet is a killer solution for a tight space. What makes it even better is that it offers up a ton of hidden storage on three inner shelves. 

This is also a great example of why you should always look outside of traditional furniture categories if you need a creative solution. Searching for "bedside tables" doesn't yield any 10-inch-wide solutions. But the second I started looking at other types of furniture, a whole new world opened up.

Our Product Pick: Cache Storage Cabinet, CB2

Photo by: World Market

World Market


A stool is another awesome table substitute. Depending on the height of the stool you choose, this might be better suited for a low-profile or platform bed. Again, there's not much room on a stool, but you could still keep the essentials nearby.

Our Product Pick: Silk Chindi Rug Nia Stool, World Market

Photo by: West Elm

West Elm

Side Table

Side tables are another go-to solution for tiny bedroom bedside tables. The height of a side table also works well for most beds, and you can almost always find a ton of choices in terms of color and style. You can also feel a bit more comfortable about the strength of a side table in case you need to put anything a bit more hefty on it.

Our Product Pick: Martini Side Table, West Elm

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Plant Stand

Plant stands work well in tighter or more narrow bedroom spaces. While you won’t be able to fit much on one of these, it will still provide you with a bit of room as well as a flat surface. If you have enough room on both sides of your bed, you could even get two stands and create a matching bedside table look.

Our Product Pick: Mission Plant Stand,

Photo by: Pottery Barn Kids

Pottery Barn Kids

Coat Rack

This is an unusual solution that I use in my own bedroom. If you truly have no room at all for anything next to your bed, consider hanging a coat rack. Using a rack with a shelf provides a bit of space for your bare essentials, and hooks can be used for different things such as headphones or phone chargers. You could even hang a few containers or buckets from the hooks for pens, lip balm or other items.

Our Product Pick: Wall-Mounted Coat Rack, Pottery Barn Kids

Photo by: Target


Garden Statue

A garden statue could also work well as a bedside table. Again, I like the sturdy aspect of these so you could place heavier items on top and know they’re not going anywhere. In order to create some additional height, you could stack up some coffee table books, creating an easily accessible “tabletop.”

Our Product Pick: Elephant Garden Stool, Target

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Tray Table

A table inspired by the old TV trays is a great option. The tray allows you to store a bit more, making everything easily accessible. These are also readily available in a variety of widths and heights, allowing you to choose the perfect setup for your own tiny bedroom.

Our Product Pick: Black Tray Table,

Photo by: Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

Magazine Holder

While a magazine rack might not provide you with a flat surface, for particularly tight spots this could still be a good solution. You could store lip balm or eye drops in a pretty make-up bag, keep some extra socks nearby for cold nights or some magazines and books. If a typical magazine rack is too wide, consider turning it the other way and placing it vertically next to your bed.

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Our Product Pick: Magazine Holder, Urban Outfitters

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