The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Nightstands and Bedside Tables
Why is it good to have a nightstand?
Attractive furniture for the side of your bed dresses up your bedroom and makes it more comfortable and inviting. You can set small lamps on bedside furniture for reading or for doing crossword puzzles. You can keep medicines or magazines in a bedside drawer, or charge your cellphone on top of it and keep the phone nearby while you sleep. For double, queen, or king size beds, we recommend two bedside furniture items, one on each side.
What materials can I expect to find in bedside furniture?
You will find bedside furniture made from a wide variety of materials, including glass, acrylic panels, smooth plastic, wood and wood veneer, glass, brass, and steel. Identify your bedroom decor and look for materials that match your taste. You might choose wood for a traditional bedroom, glass for a modern flair, or metal or plastics for a whimsical touch in a child's bedroom. You can also find affordable items made from MDF, which stands for "medium density fiberboard," a form of plywood that is denser and heavier than plywood. Wood laminate often covers MDF, making it resemble real wood. MDF panels can also be painted with antique or high-gloss colors that add to its style and attractiveness.
Do I have to construct my bedside table?
Some simple construction may be required when ordering these items online, but it's nothing that requires special tools or knowledge. You will usually find everything you need inside the box, as well as easy step-by-step directions. If tools are needed, you probably already have them. A simple screwdriver or hammer may be required but usually is not. Some bedside furniture comes fully assembled.
What additional items or accessories can I buy for my nightstands?
We recommend dressing up your nightstand or bedside table with plants, personal photos, or reading lamps and tissue holders. Other useful items to place on top include:
- Cellphone charger and cord
- Alarm clock
- Radio or radio/alarm clock
- Music players
- White noise machine
- Aromatherapy unit
What can I expect to pay for a bedside table?
You can pay just about anything for these articles of furniture, depending on the materials used, the style, and the manufacturer. You can find famous makers online that offer all-wood construction, but it is also possible to find high-quality items for affordable prices. In general, tables and cabinetry made of natural materials cost more than items made from laminate, and glass and brass cost more than acrylic and plastic. You can also look for items that match headboards and other bedroom furniture you already own. Look for the same materials and manufacturers as your current furnishings using the filter feature available on many web sites.