It’s time to think well outside the box when it comes to bedside table ideas, Creatives.
I know that over the years on our journey in styling together, you’ve slowly but surely become more adventurous and left-of-centre with your decorating choices. Well, at least I hope my love of the alternative has rubbed off on you a little!
If you need a bit more convincing that a bedside table doesn’t actually have to be a bedside table, fear not: today’s post is going to get you there.
11 Unique Bedside Table Ideas
I’ve found 11 of the best unique bedside table ideas on the market right now. From shelves to wall hangings, coffee tables to stools; you can use just about anything as a bedside table as long as your style it right!
As you scroll through the gallery below you’ll come to understand just how amazing colouring outside the lines can be for your home. Use the arrows to navigate through the options (priced lowest to highest) and see below some of my tips on how to choose the right bedside table for you below too.
Also, if you’re struggling to style your bedside table so that they look similar but aren’t exactly the same, this post will help you a bunch!
Hanging Shelf in Blue from Top 3 by Design, $96. Click to Shop.
Leather Strap Side Table via Down That Little Lane, $185. Click to Shop.
Rimba Teak Branches Stool from Vavoom Emporium, $199. Click to Shop.
Haines 1 Light Floor Lamp from Beacon Lighting, $295. Click to Shop.
Timber Painted Log from Cranmore Home, $349. Click to Shop.
Pluto Side Table from Satara, $352. Click to Shop.
Simply Side Table from Luum, $310. Click to Shop.
Aveva Coffee Table in White from Top 3 by Design, $494. Click to Shop.
Pirch Wallnut Timber Side Table from Rogerseller, $895. Click to Shop.
Bellantonio Rotating Drawers from Plywood, $1020. Click to Shop.
How to Choose the Right Bedside
There are a few things you need to consider when you’re hunting for alternative bedside tables (or traditional ones, for that matter), and I’ll outline them for you below to make your shopping experience just that little bit easier.
Sizing is Key
First things first, measure the wall your bedhead butts up against. Then, measure your bedhead. Subtract the bedhead measurement from the wall measurement and you’re left with how much space you have on the wall to fit two bedside tables. Always allow at least 10cm of space from the bed to the bedside too, so you don’t hit your head on it when you lay down.
I know this sounds full on…
but there’s nothing worse than getting your new bedsides home and realising how crammed-in they are because they’re too big in diameter. Or equally as bad, getting them home and realising you have mountains of room around them and that they look dwarfed in the space.
Think about Function
Think about how you want to use your new bedside. I know this sounds obvious, but a lot of people get it wrong. For example, do you need a drawer for storage? If you have loads of space to store things in a nearby closet, perhaps you can opt for a simple table without storage.
Also, consider what you need to put on the bedside day-to-day. For example, if you have your phone, a book, a glass of water, flowers, a lamp etc all on the table, a 30cm-wide bedside is going to be way too small. Think about everything that’s going to go on top and purchase your bedside table with those items in mind. Nothing worse than a cluttered bedside.
Match the Mood
Any piece of furniture or decor will say something about the space, and either add or take away from the mood you want to create. Is your room subdued and dreamy (an all-white escape with tonnes of texture)? If that’s the case, a heavy, square, high-gloss side table is going to take away from that vibe. On the flip side, if you’ve created a dark and moody boudoir with a sense of opulence, a coastal stool made from weathered timber won’t work either.
Take some time to think about the overall aesthetic in the space and what vibe you need to work with. You might even want to draw up a mood board (here’s how) to help see the pieces in the room side by side with your anticipated bedside purchase.
Did these tips help? And which of the 11 alternative bedside table ideas above is your favourite? Don’t leave me hanging – start the conversation in the comments below.