Modern Bedside Tables – Chic Alternatives To Generic Nightstands

We’re so used to those simple and basic nightstand designs that are pretty much just four legs and a top that we don’t even think of any other options. Let’s distance ourselves a little bit from the generic design to explore some modern bedside table ideas that stand out in various interesting ways. The role of the bedside table is not usually a very aesthetic one. We usually think of it as just a surface where we can keep put belongings like the phone, jewelry, a glass of water and other things.

But what if a bedside table could be more than that? What if it could make a statement in an interesting and eye-catching way? In order for that to happen, a nightstand or bedside table would have to be special in some way. It would have to either contrast with the rest of the decor or to fit in so well that it simply looks perfect.

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Side tables are actually very versatile and they make great nightstand alternatives
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A modern bedside table is usually very simple, with a linear and minimalist design and a geometric form
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The marble top on this bedside table adds a little bit of elegance and has a rather unexpected effect on the decor

There are numerous ways in which a modern bedside table can impress. For instance, if you want something special, consider repurposing something and giving it the new role of nightstand. The options are quite diverse. For example, a desk or a table could take on the role of nightstand if you think they’d be a goof fit for the space and the decor. Similarly a chair could be placed by the bed.

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Instead of an actual bedside table, this bedroom has shelves that are attached to a headboard panel
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That’s quite the unusual look for a bedside table. It actually looks as if two tables were stacked one on top of the other
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A beanbag chair or a pouf can make a casual and cozy nightstand. Just top it with a tray to get an even surface
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The beauty of this modern bedside table lies in its circular form and smooth and delicate lines

You could also repurpose a wooden crate, a stool or even some vintage luggage in a similar way. The whole point of doing that is to come up with a look different than the stereotypes, one that impresses, one that’s memorable and enjoyable in a very personal way. And if you really want to try something unusual and original, consider repurposing some less common objects such as a bike wheel, a wing from a toy plane, a barrel or other items not meant to serve as furniture in the first place.

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A design doesn’t have to be futuristic in order to look modern. In fact, some are actually closer to traditional in that sense
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A small chest of drawers would make a perfect bedside table, looking nice and being storage-efficient at the same time
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In this case the whole bedroom has this sculptural theme going on, with carved out details on the furniture
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The two bedside tables don’t necessarily have to be identical. They can each be special in their own way
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The surface of the bedside table reflects the light given by the lamp and its shape complements the shade
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A bedside table doesn’t have to be very big. In fact, a small one prevents things from piling up on top

Obviously, there are also simple ways of creating a beautiful bedroom decor with modern bedside tables that aren’t necessarily repurposed. They can actually be designed specifically for that purpose. They can be special through the materials that were used to make them, the color, the finish, the size, shape or texture.

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If the bedside table is small, consider having pendant lamps instead of table lamps
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This is a pretty interesting design for a bedside table. It’s similar to the C-shaped tables used in living rooms
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In this case it’s the symmetry and the matching details of the table and lamps that make this decor stand out
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A modern trend is to have wall-mounted nightstands or shelves built into an oversized headboard
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If you don’t necessarily want the nightstand to be a focal point of attention, consider a simple and compact design
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On the other hand, if you want to make a statement with your nightstands, designs like this one should make that very easy
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Wall-mounted nightstands are great because they create an airy and spacious look and they make cleaning easier
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A nightstand or bedside table can be both attractive and practical if it offers some sort of storage space
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Matching the nightstands to the dresser is not exactly a modern trend but in some cases it works out great
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Consider a low bedside table, preferably with the same height as your bed surface
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If you have a large bedroom, it could be nice to have an actual table by the bed and maybe even a loud or a stool to sit on
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These modern bedside tables have an aristocratic look with a lot of vintage flair