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8 Alternative Side Tables

Whether it’s a side table for the corner of the living room or a nightstand, small tables can be very versatile, functional and stylish. But today, we’re not highlighting or talking about regular’ old side tables, we’re going to show you some alternatives to the generic instead. You can DIY these with a very small amount of work and VOILA! you’ve got something quirky and fashionable for your home!

1. The trash can.

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Flip it over. Spray paint it if you like. But it’s really that easy. Grab a small trash can with a fun design and you have an instand nightstand that’s more than just four legs and a top. Definitely a great choice for eclectic bedrooms, craft rooms or even your office!

2. The vintage suitcases.

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This idea is my absolute favorite by far. Take one, two or three vintage suitcases … stack them and you’ve got an easy DIY nightstand at your fingertips. It’s textural, it’s surprising, it’s stylish and it’s definitely fun!

3. The large stack of books.

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Okay, maybe I lied. This may be my favorite by far! A huge stack of amazing reads is the perfect nightstand for a book lover or just something who wants something outside the realm of “regular.” You need absolute no skills to make this DIY happen. All you need to do is be able to stack!

4. The floating shelves.

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These are just as good as a side table without the clutter. Attach some floating shelves next to the couch and you’ve got a place to add a coaster, decorative nick-knacks and your remote control! All you need is a hammer and nail.

5. The ladder.

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For the coolest, most rad side table around … just use a ladder! It serves as the ultimate decor piece while still being quite functional too! Just make sure you find the right type of ladder to fit your theme and vision. Worse comes to worst, get out the paint!

6. The trunk.

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Just like a stack of suit cases, trunks work well too! They can hide a bundle of movies and books inside while still acting as a suitable, versatile side table.

7. The folding chair.

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This is super fun and super easy. Grab a quirky folding chair and set it up. Stash some fresh flowers and a book on top. This is perfect for a feminine and girlish space! Then again, you can also go more modern with a sleek wooden chair for a more contemporary bedroom.

8. The filing cabinet.

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Using a filing cabinet as a nightstand or side table around the house is just plain cool. Hide stuff in the drawers (or organize stuff in the drawers) and use it just like you would any other smaller table. It’s a great conversational piece and definitely adds personality.

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice on July 24, 2012

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Grace Lynne Fleming
From the outskirts of Nashville, I couldn't imagine calling anywhere else home. Graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.A. in Communication, I'm a lover of words.

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