Bedroom Nightstand Ideas: Fun & Functional Alternatives

Bedroom Nightstand Ideas. Having a nightstand next to my bed is a must. There has to be a place for at least 2 things – my clock and the latest book I’m reading. Β The phone is on the Hub’s side; that way if it rings, he can answer it. πŸ˜‰ Our nightstands are actually small chests. They offer plenty of additional storage space in our bedroom. I love to use furniture and other items in ways other than they were intended. Especially when I’m working on a design project with a small budget. In looking for inspiration for unique nightstands, I found some fun alternatives that are also very functional.

Bedroom Nightstand Ideas

1. You can make a functional and attractive nightstand by simply placing a shelf on decorative brackets. Add extra style by trimming it out in fancy molding. Paint it all white for a fresh, crisp look.

Bedroom Nightstand Ideas: You can make a functional and attractive nightstand by simply placing a shelf on decorative brackets. Add extra style by trimming it out in fancy molding. Paint it all white for a fresh, crisp look.

Midwest Living

2. When is a chair not a chair? When it’s a funky nightstand! I know I’ve used chairs as a catch-all, so why not make it official and turn it into a cool nightstand.

Bedroom Nightstand Ideas: When is a chair not a chair? When it's a funky nightstand! I know I've used chairs as a catch-all, so why not make it official and turn it into a cool nightstand.

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3. Stack old suitcases on top of one another for a unique nightstand. Then, top it all off with a tray or mirror.

Bedroom Nightstand Ideas: Stack old suitcases on top of one another for a unique nightstand. Then, top it all off with a tray or mirror.

Cupcake and Cashmere

4. This vintage stepladder makes a nifty nightstand and provides lots of display area. The distressed finish gives it even more charm.

Bedroom Nightstand Ideas: This vintage stepladder makes a nifty nightstand and provides lots of display area. The distressed finish gives it even more charm.

Dream Haus

5. Another vintage stepladder finds new life as a nightstand. The steps work perfectly for holding an alarm clock and reading material.

Bedroom Nightstand Ideas: Another vintage stepladder finds new life as a nightstand. The steps work perfectly for holding an alarm clock and reading material.

Remodelista

6. The thin shape of a console table provides lots of area for necessities and decorative items without taking up much floor space. The bottom shelf adds even more space for storage or showing off collectibles.

Bedroom Nightstand Ideas: The thin shape of a console table provides lots of area for necessities and decorative items without taking up much floor space. The bottom shelf adds even more space for storage or showing off collectibles.

Better Homes and Gardens

7. Floating shelves are a great solution if you don’t have the floor space for a night stand. This one was created by turning a closet shelf upside down and attaching it to the wall. The floors are clear, but there’s plenty of surface and storage space.

Bedroom Nightstand Ideas: Floating shelves are a great solution if you don't have the floor space for a night stand. This one was created by turning a closet shelf upside down and attaching it to the wall. The floors are clear, but there's plenty of surface and storage space.

Better Homes and Gardens

8. Two Ikea tables were put together to create a modern dog bed that also functions as a nightstand. What a fabulous way to keep your furry friends comfy and next to you at night.

Bedroom Nightstand Ideas: Two Ikea tables were put together to create a modern dog bed that also functions as a nightstand. What a fabulous way to keep your furry friends comfy and next to you at night.

I Am Stylish

What’s the most interesting item you’ve ever used or seen used as a nightstand?

Peggy

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    says

    I have used a chair before. I absolutely LOVE the idea of a vintage step ladder for a night stand!!! Giving more room for books!!! These are all super great ideas, planning a bedroom redo this year and you have given me ideas!!

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      Peggy Pardo says

      I’m so glad you found ideas and inspiration, Melanie! That’s what this blog is all about! Keep me posted on what you finally decide to use for the guest room. πŸ™‚

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    says

    Our nightstands are also small chests, and hubby’s side has the phone. Great minds think alike! They’re about 32″ wide and high and I find them so practical. They have a drawer on top and then two doors that open to an area with a shelf. I store odds and ends in there. Maybe books, catalogs that I’ve ordered from, etc. It’s sorta like the ‘junk drawer’ of the bedroom :).
    I like the blue vintage ladder, and of course the dog bed :). The suitcases would be awesome also. Lots of stuff can go in those! The lamp on the chair I’m a little iffy about. I’ve always had a pet peeve about lamps that weren’t high enough to provide light for reading. Ideally, I like sconces by a bed so you can direct the light if you want to read, but if not, I think a lamp should be on top of a nightstand that is at least 30″ high (depending on size of bed and height of lamp) to be truly useful for reading.

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      Peggy Pardo says

      Great minds!! πŸ™‚ Our nightstands are very similar to yours, except that the bottom doors open up to more drawers. We have lamps on our nightstands, but I use a book light when I read in bed. Thanks for stopping by, Doreen. I always love your comments! πŸ™‚

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    Deborah says

    I LOVE the old suitcase idea! Not only is it functional as a night stand but its extra storage. Awesome!

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    LindaBee says

    Love the ideas! I’m trying to find bedside tables no more than 12″ wide, and have discovered wooden barstools and plant stands.