Beauty and Function in Bedside Tables

Bedside Tables Enhance Your Sleeping Space

Develop your bedroom's personality with innovative bedside tables to provide space and sparkle in your unique realm. Bedside tables come in different sizes and shapes, as well as contemporary and traditional styles in a wider range of colors, patterns, finishes, and textures than previously produced. Nightstands can be different and attention grabbing, instead of clumsy and dull. Why not consider black bedside tables to update the feel of the room or oak bedside tables to bring in the outdoors?

Practical and artistic considerations in the selection of bedside tables join personal tastes and even whimsy or nostalgia. Adults may want to purchase bedside tables that recall their childhood havens, so some tables are manufactured that follow that style. Retro styles are available, including those from the Space Age when every motel and business sign featured that outer space look and free form design. Night tables can incorporate some of these features. Some are decorated with cutouts of moon and stars or planets, or have a planetary orbital ring around a slender base beneath a small cabinet. Other bedside tables recall the early post-WWII era, while still others have that practical look of a hospital bedside table.

A Bedside Table Can Be Unique Yet Matching

Furniture bedside tables can be a great way to keep the original feel of your bedroom's personality. This works especially well when you want antique bedside tables
Furniture bedside tables can be a great way to keep the original feel of your bedroom's personality. This works especially well when you want antique bedside tables

Console Tables to Accompany Your Bedside Tables

If you have the room, consider adding a matching narrow console table to your bedroom. It can double as a desk, display area, or place to set your suitcase when packing.

Buying Bedside Tables

Things to consider are bed size, tabletop surface required, and general bedroom décor. A Space Age table might look out of place in an American Colonial or in a French or Danish Modern décor. However, you might have eclectic tastes and this mix could be interesting. Thing about how you will use a bedside table. How often do you read in bed, watch television or DVDs, listen to an iPod, use the phone, or work on your laptop computer? To accommodate these activities, you want a tabletop with enough room for an iPod docking station, phone chargers, remote controls, bedside table lamps and similar equipment.

A small bedside table in the form of a French bistro cafe table would be appropriate in another setting. In fact, French bedside tables are a very elegant look in the right room and a mosaic bistro table look will make you feel like you're in Europe. A round bedside table with a tablecloth may not be appropriate for carrying electronic equipment, but more so for a book and a flower arrangement. Some bedside tables are actually semi-opaque cubes that display inner flashing lights and their tabletops provide plenty of room for electronic equipment, books, and flowers. For ease of use, any table is best kept at a height of 2-3 inches above or below the bed itself. Take a measurement of both heights and visit some bedroom showroom for comparison and consideration of the Gestalt of each.

A Variety of Bedside Tables for Every Decor

Simple or elegant, there's a bedside table suited to any taste.  If space is an issue, you can still add a small bedside table.  Glass bedside tables are a good way to make it seem as though they take up even less space
Simple or elegant, there's a bedside table suited to any taste. If space is an issue, you can still add a small bedside table. Glass bedside tables are a good way to make it seem as though they take up even less space

Next, choose a table or pair bedside tables the function well your bed size; the headboard if you have one; and available floor space. Refrain form buying too tiny a table that will actually just get in the way. A general rule is that a king size bed uses a table 2 to 3 feet wide or a bit larger. Tables for queen, full, and twin beds decrease in size. However, a twin bed can be paired with a larger table for laptop use or a stack of books. Some contemporary bedside tables are even equipped with an easel that can be raised. Some are equipped with storage compartments or drawers and some look like small bureaus and are very handy. If you'd like to reflect more light into your space, you may want to look into a mirrored bedside table.

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