Choosing bedside tables can be an exciting task, but how do you know what to start looking for when you’re browsing through all of these different types of bedside tables? You might have narrowed it down to a list of a few models that you like, but have you considered its intended functionality and how it will look in your room?
Choosing Bedside Table Size
Ideally, you will want to have the bedside tables come up to the same height as the highest point of your bed, which is usually where your pillows sit. This creates a visually pleasing horizontal line, that doesn’t overcomplicate the design of your bedroom and instead subtly enhances the room whilst providing additional storage or surface space. Bear in mind that with the main surface of your bedside table, if it is to be used functionally as a surface to place down items such as reading glasses or a drinking glass, you will want it to be at a comfortable height that you can easily reach from your bed. Too high or too low and you will quickly come to learn of the inconvenience of having a bedside table at the wrong height.
Larger bedrooms can get away with having taller bedside tables, or bedside storage and surface solutions, as creating a larger bed area won’t dominate the bedroom too much making the entire bedroom feel cramped and small. Taller bedside tables, commonly featuring bookcase-like shelving, can look extremely attractive with some sort of focal point hanging on the wall above the bed, such as a painting or wall hanging. Usually you would want this piece to come up higher than the bedside tables – unless the bedside table reaches ceiling height of course (like with built-in floor to ceiling storage that encloses the bed). You want to visually anchor the bed in place, creating a balance so as not to make the bedside tables look too overwhelming. Look at the bed area as a whole, seeing how each main item contributing to the bed relates to each other, as well as each item separately.
For smaller rooms, or if you want your bedroom to appear as spacious as possible, floating bedside tables, shelves or off-floor storage solutions will help to de-clutter and maximise floor space.
Choosing Bedside Table Colour
With “bedside table” shelving or floating bedside tables, the colour largely depends on the purpose. By painting the shelves the same colour as the wall behind it, you are muting them so as not to draw too much attention to the shelves as it flattens nicely against the wall. Convenient for bedside tables that you need the functionality of them for but don’t necessarily want to shift focus to them or the items you have on them, such as reading glasses or a box of tissues. However, having the same colour shelves as your walls can create attention to big and bold items you have on show as the shelf or bedside table surface won’t distract from the decorative pieces.
Bedside tables in contrast colour attracts attention; not just to the items on the bedside table but to the bedside table itself.
How To Style Your Bedside Table
When it comes to bedside table adornments, less is more. When allocating space on your bedside table, ensure that you prioritise those items that will inevitably find their way onto your bedside table whether you like it or not. Such items may include (but are not limited to):
- reading glasses
- alarm clock
- reading lamp
- cup of coffee
- glass of water
Once you’re happy with the arrangement of all your bedside necessities, you can start pondering over the decorative details, such as:
- a vase of flowers
- a photo frame
- a mirror
Slim, vertical pieces such as a simple orchid or bamboo shoot in a tall narrow vase, or a tall candlestick or lamp, will help to visually break up the clutter and organise the space so that there’s not “lots of little things” at the same low height. Having objects of different heights will help each item on your bedside table to stand out more.
With two matching bedside tables either side of the bed, some people are often prone to try to continue this symmetry by matching the items either side of the bed too. This totally isn’t necessary. Though perhaps a matching lamp either side of the bed can look quite effective and be practical too, don’t feel as if you need to match bedside tables item for item. Too much symmetry can look like you’re trying too hard. Don’t be scared to break it up a bit. For example, having matching lamps either side, but having a photo frame on one side and a vase on the other.