Think about it for a second: the humble bedroom nightstand is arguably one of the most well-used pieces of furniture in any home.
Consider all the things you need at arm’s reach when it’s time to hit the rack. Your lamp, water glass, books, tissues, phone, remote control (if you’ve got a tv in your room)—the list goes on and on!
A great nightstand will hold them all and look great while doing it.
All About Nightstands
Traditionally, a nightstand is a small table with drawers next to the bed. But obviously, that definition isn’t set in stone. There really isn’t any difference between a nightstand and a bedside table; the terms are pretty much interchangeable.
For functionality, a nightstand should be about even with the height of your mattress, making it easy to reach across and grab what you need. If you have a taller bed, you’ll need a tall nightstand.
That depends upon the size of your room and the bed! Luckily, nightstands come in a wide array of sizes and shapes (as represented in this list!) so purchase accordingly. Just remember to measure and consider that a deep nightstand will make it harder than it already is to get out of bed in the morning.
Also depends upon your personal needs. Most people put whatever you may need to keep handy. Stuff like your phone (our list also features a nightstand with a built-in charger), an alarm clock (if you use one), a glass of water (don’t forget the coaster), and more.
Unique Nightstands You’ll Want In Your Bedroom Right Now!
1. Charging Nightstand
by Pottery Barn
We really like the pretty finish on this nightstand—it’s flexible enough to match any color theme you care to use in your bedroom. It features a deep drawer to hold plenty of essentials and an open shelf for extras like tissue boxes, magazines, etc.
2. Hand Carved Lombok Nightstand
We included the bed frame that matches this bedside table in a post a while back (check it out here). When we saw the nightstand, it was hard not to run out and buy the whole set.
3. Textured Nightstand
by World Market
Retro fabulous! If you dig a sixties vibe, this is the nightstand for you. The natural brown finish looks super modern with those brass hairpin legs, too. It features a roomy top drawer and an open bottom shelf.
4. Pinewood Nightstand
by Wayfair: Loon Peak
This rustic nightstand would look perfect in a farmhouse or mountain lodge-inspired interior! It’s handcrafted from solid pine by skilled artisans and is unfinished to showcase every unique natural detail.
5. Crimped White Nightstand
The wavy, ebonized oak finish on the drawer fronts. The faux leather and brass legs and handles. This clean, ultra-modern nightstand sports details you won’t find on any other bedside table!
6. Art Deco Nightstand
by Home Depot: Magic Home
Art deco style is a favorite for its classy, streamlined look. We love the brass accents and rounded design, and it’s a little more shallow than some other tables, making it great for smaller spaces.
7. Geo Inlay Nightstand
by West Elm
One of the more unique tables on this list, we couldn’t resist that geometric brass pattern against the rich mango wood. The tapered legs make it even more interesting.
8. Industrial Style Metal Nightstand
by Home Depot: Baxton Studio
Shiny silver rivets accent this industrial nightstand, perfect for a modern flat. We’ve always liked the storage trunk aesthetic of designs like this (as evidenced by number six on our list of unique side tables), and we think this one’s up there on the cool list.
9. Boho Mango Wood Nightstand by Amazon: Christopher Knight Home
Whimsical, feminine, adorable—so many adjectives to describe this sweet nightstand. It would look great in a kid’s room or any room where personality is welcome!
10. Lacquered Linen Nightstand
Another nightstand perfect for a smaller space! We think the linen pattern is so interesting, and the rounded design and neutral color definitely lend a soft, organic feel.
11. Minimalist Metal Nightstand
by Wayfair: 17 Stories
Minimalist design with a splash of flair, the contrast between the black steel frame and rich vintage-inspired wood featured on these nightstands is so cool. The price makes it one of the most affordable nightstands on our list, too!
12. Daybreak Nightstand
Another art-deco-inspired gem—this nightstand features resin, brass, and bone inlaid drawer pulls in a beautiful sunburst pattern. The tropical hardwood design integrates seamlessly, too. It’s sure to brighten up any decor and garner plenty of compliments!
13. Lava Stone Nightstand
by West Elm
The simplicity and organic flow of this round nightstand sets it apart, but the materials are what make it truly unique. We had never seen a piece of lava stone furniture before—it’s not a stretch to say it was love at first sight.
14. Mahogany & Teak One Drawer Nightstand
by Wayfair: Corrigan Studio
This nightstand’s gorgeous, laid-back lines are perfect for a cozy, casual bedroom! Also, that mahogany and teak finish is positively swoon-worthy.
15. Mirrored Diamond Filigree Nightstand
by Target: Leick Home
We think the mirrored diamond pattern on this nightstand would be a great accent for a boho-eclectic bedroom. Plus, that walnut finish gives it such a warm and inviting feel. Perfect.
Bedside Tables With A Dash Of Moxy
We kind of pride ourselves here on our unique home decor posts, and we happen to think this one is an excellent addition to that collection! If you’re in the market for a nightstand with unique flair, we hope we’ve shown you some that inspire.
Did you find the perfect nightstand here? How about checking out some wall decor to really zhoosh up your room? Or a brand new bedroom rug? Yep, you’re in for a bedroom decor reboot.