Although it may not be the star of the show when it comes to bedroom furniture, a bedside table is still an important – and practical – component in bringing a room together. Not only does it have to adequately serve its purpose as a storage unit or a place for lamps and alarm clocks, but it must also compliment your bed style and height as well as the look of the room.
Perhaps you need a solution for a small space, or maybe you can't decide whether to go for a traditional wooden look, a modern glass top or a contemporary metal design – either way, we'll run through the basics so you can find the most fitting option for your home and your budget, as well as sharing our top picks from Amazon, Argos, John Lewis and eBay.
A bedside table is unlikely to be the first thing you buy for your bedroom, and even if it is, you'll also need to make sure that it goes with the rest of your decor. And whilst it's a low-cost item that might not get as much attention, this can work in your favour when revamping a room on a budget. Here's how to get it right!
The material from which your bedside table is made will affect various things, ranging from the cost to the overall look of the piece of furniture. This is not to say that all tables made from the same material will have the same feel and price, but the tips below should give you an indication.
Wood is a very common choice for bedside tables and with good reason. It can look both modern and traditional whilst always being very pleasing to the eye. It can be treated or painted in a variety of colours that will instantly transform the look of the material, even by yourself as you redecorate or fancy a change.
The drawbacks of wood are that it is vulnerable to water, so you have to be fastidious with coasters if you want to avoid condensation rings. Light can also damage and change the look of wood over time, so this is also something to consider.
Bedside tables can comprise of metal, but it doesn't always make up the whole piece of furniture. This might be due to the fact that, although it can look very sleek if used in moderation, too much metal might appear too heavy and industrial. Then again, that might be exactly the look you're after!
Metal is a sturdy material which is why it is often used to provide legs or handles, and a metallic look can add a modern touch to a room whilst being easy to clean.
The use of glass in a bedside table isn't as common as wood and won't necessarily suit everyone, particularly if it is being bought for a kids room. Usually, it won't make up a whole bedside table but may be used as a top or shelf.
If you do like the idea, glass can look contemporary whilst also being unobtrusive and can make a bedside table look less solid, which is a clever trick to open up rooms with less light or space in general.
There's plenty of choice when it comes to selecting a colour for your bedside table. A metallic look may range from gold to silver and wood could be light, dark or painted an interesting shade.
This being said, most bedside tables tend to stick to more classic colours and finishes such as polished wood or white, which never go out of style. Sticking to these themes will allow you more flexibility if you want to change a room's colour scheme in the future.
Bedside tables never tend to be huge, which is great if you're working with limited space. Some will be bulkier than others, so it is essential to check the dimensions of the product you are interested in beforehand.
It may also be worth seeing how high the table is compared to your bed as it will not only look a bit off if it doesn't match but it will also be inconvenient to use.
You can get a bedside table without any storage options, but one of the main reasons to have one is to neatly store your things. There are a few solutions that a bedside table can offer: drawers, shelves, or even a combination of the two.
We all have those bits and bobs that we can't – or would rather not – throw away, but are difficult to store. Plus, you don't always want all of your stuff on show, but still want it to be accessible.
In this case, bedside tables with drawers are brilliant. They can add to the style of the table alongside improving the functionality of it.
All bedside tables have a sort of shelf as the table top, but if you want yours to take up less space and feel like less of a block in the room, go for one that has more shelving in the main body of the table.
Shelves will allow you to display things you want to show off and make things easier to find and access, such as books, eReaders or other devices.
The vast majority of bedside tables and cabinets will need to be constructed at home, either fully or partially.
You shouldn't find any of them too difficult to assemble, particularly as they are a small piece of furniture, but it's worth checking what's involved as you might need to invest in a screwdriver and hammer if you don't already have one.
Once you have a feel for the kind of piece of furniture you would like to go for, it's time to start looking at options for your perfect bedside accompaniment. Here are our favourites, covering a range of styles to inspire you.
|Colour||Back, light grey or white|
|Dimensions||36.8 x 26.2 x 8.9 cm|
|Dimensions||55 x 50 x 55 cm|
|Colour||White, pink or grey|
|Dimensions||55 x 40 x 30 cm|
Set of 2
|Dimensions||40 x 28.6 x 62.6 cm|
|Colour||Blue, grey or mustard|
|Dimensions||60 x 35 sx40 cm|
|Material||Wood, MDF, glass|
|Colour||White, oak or grey|
|Dimensions||40 x 40 x 55 cm|
|Material||Pine, metal handles|
|Dimensions||58 x 35 x 33 cm|
|Dimensions||35 x 45 x 61 cm|
|Material||Wood, MDF, rattan|
|Colour||Black or oak|
|Dimensions||45 x 45 x 47.5 cm|
|Material||Wood, metal handle|
|Dimensions||65 x 30 x 35.4 cm|
John Lewis & Partners
Minato 1 Drawer Beside Table
Rattan Storage Bedside Table
Bedside Table With Louver Door
Corona 3 Drawer Bedside Cabinet
Wood Side Table
Short 1 Door 2 Shelf Locker
Bamboo Bedside Tables
Otto 1 Drawer Bedside Table
Round Side Table
Plus+ Bedside Shelf
A Versatile Table for Any Bedroom
A Supremely Stylish Piece to Love for Years
Industrial-Style Storage Perfect for Small Spaces
A Traditional Pine Option for a Great Price
This Dainty Table Combines Old and New
A Pop of Colour to Brighten a Modern Bedroom
Versatile Bamboo Tables to Stack or Separate
A Compact Scandi-Style Table on a Budget
A Simplistic Yet Chic Side Table
An Attachable Bedside Table That Can Move Anywhere
|Material||Wood, metal handle||Wood, MDF, rattan||Wood, metal||Pine, metal handles||Wood, MDF, glass||Metal||Bamboo wood||Wood||Glass, metal||Wood|
|Colour||White||Black or oak||Dark wood||Light wood||White, oak or grey||Blue, grey or mustard||Natural||White, pink or grey||Gold||Back, light grey or white|
|Dimensions||65 x 30 x 35.4 cm||45 x 45 x 47.5 cm||35 x 45 x 61 cm||58 x 35 x 33 cm||40 x 40 x 55 cm||60 x 35 sx40 cm||40 x 28.6 x 62.6 cm||55 x 40 x 30 cm||55 x 50 x 55 cm||36.8 x 26.2 x 8.9 cm|
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Refurnishing a room is always an exciting, albeit slightly daunting, endeavour. Even though a bedside table might seem like a small piece of the puzzle, finding an item with the right material, colour and style to finish off a bedroom will add to the whole feel and flow, making it more stylish and more practical as a result.
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