No matter how you turn it around, bedside tables are a practical device next to the bed. This is where you put your water glass, and here you put the book away from you when you need to sleep. But besides being practical, it can also easily be beautiful to look at if it suits your needs and into the rest of the style in your bedroom.
A BEDSIDE TABLE IS BOTH NEAT AND PRACTICAL
First there are the practical considerations: How much can your bedside table fill, how with the height in relation to the bed, what must it cost, you must in lifestyle stores or at a flea market, how much should your bedside table store, and do you need an extra shelf for a candle and a magazine or maybe a drawer?
Then there are the aesthetic considerations: Should your bedside table match the rest of the bedroom or stand out significantly? Is your bed frame made of wood, and should the table match this type of wood? Are you for the industrial look with edge or for the more peasant romantic with white painted wood? Can your bedroom withstand a pang color, or should you go for pastels or black and white? Materials are a chapter in themselves, and you can get bedside tables in plastic, wood and all kinds of metals. Just remember that even though it seems like a little redundant piece of furniture, you should look at it every single night and morning, so you should preferably not get tired of it!
BEDSIDE TABLES: 5 TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT ONE
- Consider your needs. Should your bedside table have an extra shelf or perhaps a drawer – or can you settle for a simple surface?
- What is your style? Are you into the romantic or modern look? Maybe the more raw and rustic? Bedside tables are available in all shades.
- Size matters. How much space do you need outside your bedside table?
- Go for recycled gold. Find your bedside table at the flea market, and freshen it up with a paintbrush and maybe new handles on the drawer.
- Do you suffer from a lack of space? Use a shelf as a bedside table. They take up no floor space and are easy to clean underneath.
9 BEAUTIFUL BEDSIDE TABLES BELOW, WHICH YOU CAN BE INSPIRED BY:
Bedside table made from recycled materials
If you have excess materials from a construction project, you can use them to make your own DIY bedside table. The table here consists of old marble tiles, which are glued together to a sturdy piece of furniture. Photo: Stine Christiansen.
Integrated bedside table
A bed frame with headboard and integrated bedside table creates a simple and affordable expression. You can find similar at antique dealers or make one yourself according to the same principles. The table here is one the owner has inherited from his childhood home. Photo: Stine Christiansen.
Removable side table
If you do not need storage, you can choose to use a small side table as a bedside table. This from Menu with dark green marble top has a light and elegant expression that does not take up too much space – while at the same time fulfilling the need to be able to put a book or put a glass of water away. The headboard is homemade. Photo: Mia Mortensen
Practical ground table
The tray table from Hay in metal fits into most bedrooms without stealing too much focus. It can also be an advantage to choose a bedside table in a material that can withstand a little water or hand cream. The ceiling lamp is from Moooi. Photo: Peter Kragballe
Storage, storage and all storage
If you are the type who always has books, magazines, lip balm, hand cream, etc. lying next to the bed, then it may be a good idea to choose a bedside table with drawers so that the clutter can be stored away a bit. If you do not have much space in the bedroom in general, it is a really nice solution that you will be happy with. The bed is home-built, the bedside lamps are designed by Arne Jacobsen, and they are put together with white bedside tables from Kartell. By the window hangs a single shelf from Stilleben with a radio from Tivoli. Photo: Klix Kommunikation and Eilen Anthoniussen
Multifunctional bedside table
A bedside table does not have to be expensive. If you think creatively, chairs and stools can easily act as a bedside table – perhaps with a coat of paint or a new “table top”. If you live small, it can be a good idea to have a stool or a chair, because when you have guests you have an extra seat, and when there is no need for the chair, yes, you have a bedside table. Photo: The style system
Match: Tone-in-tone bedside table
If your bedroom is bright and minimalist, choose a color for your bedside table that does not make too much noise, but still stands out a little. Here, the bedside table’s delicate green shade provides a gentle counterpoint to the light textiles and the homemade bed rail in wicker. At the same time, as with this floating bedside table with drawer, you can hide the things that make noise in your eyes. Photo: Martin Sølyst
Wall-mounted bedside table
Your bedside table does not have to be an actual table. If you only have a little space available – or do you like a single expression – then two light shelves can easily work for bedside tables. The nice thing is also that with a shelf, for example, that you free up floor space and that it also creates peace for the eye. The bed is from Coco-mat, and the bedspread from Dutch Home Fabrics. The bedside tables are specially made by Jurjen van Hulzen, while the lamps above them are from Muuto. The picture above the bed is by Lolo Loren. Photo: Verne Photography
Wooden bedside table
Choose a bedside table in a type of wood that matches the textiles in the bedroom to create a cohesive look. Here, the amber velor curtains from Pagunette fit well with the oak bedside table, which is actually a stool from Frederiksberg Snedkeri. The bedspread is from Jysk. Photo: Christina Kayser O.
Get inspired by feng shui and create a relaxed expression in the bedroom. You can e.g. use a low table or a small bench as a bedside table. Feel free to choose one in wood – the organic material also emphasizes a bohemian-like atmosphere. Photo: Greg Cox
Integrated bedside tables
A built-in bookcase behind the bed can act as a headboard and at the same time be used as a bedside table. You can either jump into the creative project yourself, or have a craftsman do it for you.