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10 Double-Duty Nightstands

By: Amanda Lecky
November 25, 2014
Storage in a small bedroom can be tricky so we asked designers to share their tips for choosing a nightstand that's stylish, offers plenty of storage and makes the most of the space you have.
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Hard-Working Desk

"In a small space it's critical to maximize every square inch," says designer Frances Herrera. "To make a space feel grand and luxurious, we love using multipurpose furniture. For example, a beautiful desk can become a nightstand that offers storage, a chic place to put on your makeup and a cozy work area."

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Photo: Photography by Brandon Barre

Put Built-Ins to Work

In this basement family room, a storage wall transforms into a welcoming guest room in a snap thanks to a built-in Murphy bed. "We designed the room to accommodate the family and their guests," says designer Laura Stein. "Night-table trays pull out of the custom built-ins to hold a lamp and small essentials, like a glass of water, leaving plenty of floor space."

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Photo: Photography by Killy Scheer

Opt for Form and Function

In tight quarters, everything should be useful and beautiful — even the bedside table. "This nightstand is actually an accordion case sitting on top of a stool," says designer Killy Scheer. "We lived in a tiny apartment, so storage was limited. We needed to keep my husband's accordion safe but accessible. The case was handsome, so rather than purchase a nightstand, I plopped the case on the stool and dressed it up with the lamp, tray and fresh flowers, which were easy to remove when we needed to access the accordion."

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Shelf Life

When the bed commands the only wall available for storage, you have to make careful decisions. "I designed these nightstands and had them custom-made for my client," says designer Lana Lounsbury. "The upper sections hold books, and the lower cabinets have drawers and cupboards — a great way to add storage in a room with limited closet space."

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