5 Nightstands with Character

When we hear the word “nightstand,” many of us might immediately think of a small, nondescript 3-drawer dresser. While many bedrooms might do perfectly well incorporating a traditional and expected nightstand at its head, I think a creative nightstand can up the “character” quotient significantly. And, I don’t know about you, but I adore spaces filled to the brim with personality and character. Like these options:

Style meets function with this fabulous vintage suitcase on legs. Not only can you choose your suitcase size to fit the space, but you can also select legs to make it exactly the right height. Basically, a custom nightstand that speaks volumes! As an added bonus, the suitcase itself provides stylish storage. This one in particular is paired delightfully with a linen tufted headboard and modern wall art.


Say your bedroom is a bit short on floor space. Try mounting a small floating shelf to the wall. The nightstand still houses the essentials – a lamp and a clock – along with some tasteful artwork to add some significance. Decorative touches to the shelf itself are chic and can range from ornate to the most basic of mouldings to fit the flavor of the room.


An antique fold-down table is both charming and functional here. The simple, distressed table adds a perfect emphasis to the country cottage décor, complete with oil lamp, candle, and flowers. Because this nightstand is fairly wide, it’s best to keep the tabletop vignette to a minimum like this so that it maintains the aura of simplicity that is so becoming to this space.


Nightstands don’t have to match each other; in fact, being slightly different allows you to double-up on your “character” factor! Bonus. In this his-and-hers nightstand setup, both nightstands are of a similar hue (light, neutral) and are about the same size and other primary objects (e.g., mirrors, lamps) are identical, so the mismatch appears intentional and maintains an aesthetic balance.


Keep things simple with a visually lightweight metal folding chair. Of course, the color, patina, and distress of this one keeps it in delightful harmony with the rest of the sweet room décor. The flat chair seat neatly houses a lamp and vase while still providing ample place to set one’s reading glasses, a drink of water, or (décor gasp) cell phone overnight. Take care to choose a chair and/or lamp tall enough to provide sufficient reading light.

Picture sources: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.



Published by in Interiors, on November 27th, 2012

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