Everyone knows that the bed is the most important piece of furniture in a bedroom, but the nightstand you place next to the bed is also critical—and not just in terms of style. It’s where we store and display all our personal necessities for a relaxing night’s sleep: a lamp, a good read, a glass of water and perhaps a cup of tea. But just because the bedside table performs a crucial function, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. The specialists at Gary Riggs Home offer these tips for picking just the right bedside table for your bedroom.

Choose a Style

There are a lot of nightstands out there, from bulky two-door cabinets to leggy, minimalist tabletops. But a bedside table doesn’t always need to be a square box. Try round or half-moon tables or maybe a set of nested side tables. A bedside table that comes with storage is also a plus—especially if you tend to allow unsightly clutter to accumulate on your nightstand.

Size It Up

The ideal nightstand is one that’s the same height as your mattress or a few inches taller. This height will provide a comfortable reach to turn off a lamp or shut off an alarm. To avoid dwarfing the side table, try to find one that’s balanced with the size of the bed. If you have a king-size bed, for example, look for a bedside table ranging from 20 to 40 inches wide. If you don’t have a lot of room for a large nightstand, think about placing a floor lamp with an attached tray table next to the bed.

Mix & Match

Matching nightstands aren’t a requirement. As a matter of fact, mixing it up can make for a delightfully eclectic, dynamic look. Try to choose two pieces that are about the same size. If you have your have your heart set on two tables with differing heights, you can make them appear more symmetrical by placing a tall lamp on the shorter table and a shorter lamp on the taller table.

Try Something Different

Your nightstand doesn’t need to be a proper nightstand. Get creative and use an unconventional piece to park all your pre-bed items. Vintage trunks, for example, make wonderful bedside tables and also provide storage of out-of-season clothing. Another out-of-the-box idea is to hang floating shelves on either side of the bed and use those as your “nightstand.”

The possibilities are endless for bedside tables. If you would like some advice on picking out just the right ones for your bedroom, contact the designers at Gary Riggs Home.