Nightstands have been a classic part of bedroom furniture for generations. Having a place to rest a glass of water and a lamp for late night reading makes perfect sense. Maybe there is a great deal at your local furniture store or maybe your aunt gave you a couple of her old ones. Whether you are wondering what to do with your spare nightstand or want to think of unusual ways to shake up your decorating with nightstands, take a look at these five different uses for bedroom nightstands.
1. As a Classic Piece
First consider the classic use: as a bedside table! If you have never used a nightstand or are thinking that you don’t really need one, take a look at the benefits of bedroom nightstands. A bedroom isn’t the same without that place to keep the alarm clock and stacks of reading material. Your nightstand is where you will know your glasses are when you wake up. Having a nightstand also cuts down on clutter around your bed. With shelves and drawers to keep things contained, your bedside necessities won’t get damaged by being stepped on in the middle of the night.
Whether you use a small table and only keep a clock and a lamp on it or pick one with several drawers and shelves and fill them up, having a nightstand will cut down on complication in your morning routine. If you have a large bedroom, you may even want to have two nightstands to fill the space.
2. As an End Table
Bedroom nightstands double as great end tables in your living room or den. At just the right height to reach from the couch, nightstands disguise themselves perfectly as end tables. With drawers and small shelves, a nightstand offers more storage space than the average end table. Though in individual cases it depends on the style of nightstand and your decorating style, if you are relaxed about how you decorate, throwing in a random nightstand will fit in perfectly while giving you extra table space.
3. As Seating
If your nightstands are sturdy and at the same height, pushing two or three together and covering them with pillows makes for quirky, unexpected extra seating. This “Do It Yourself” bench is also a great way to make an instant window seat.
4. As a Television Shelf
Nightstands make great TV platforms. Place one in your bedroom or the kitchen on one of those extra bedroom nightstands. If the nightstand is large enough, you can take out the top drawer and fit your DVD player in that space. The small size of the nightstand makes it the obvious choice to go with a small television.
5. As a Child’s Shelf
Bedroom nightstands are small, and so they fit into the nursery or a small child’s room effortlessly. Put the little board books on the shelves or the special treasures in the drawers. Children will have an easier time accessing a smaller piece of furniture, so a nightstand is ideal. Your child’s imagination could even make it into a fire department or doll house during playtime.