Nelia Edelmira. Bedroom Nightstand. November 14th , 2017.
Calm the visual noise. Ideally, the bedroom would be solely devoted to rest and relaxation, but if you live in a smaller space, this simply may not be possible. If you must make room for your desk in the bedroom, aim for a setup that allows you to hide everything away when you're done working. Tuck work-related items into drawers and cabinets, leaving surfaces as clean and clear as possible for a restful feeling. Take action: Remove anything that reminds you of work, bills or to-dos from within visual range of your bed. If you can find a place to store these items in a different room, do so. If not, clear out a drawer or shelf in a closed cabinet to keep them out of view.
Ottomans can easily adapt to life as nightstands. They can be found upholstered, or in leather or wood. They also come in a variety of shapes: round, square, rectangle, octagon. Choose a piece that is about the same height as the top of your mattress, in a width suitable for the space next to your bed. With upholstered ottomans, you may want to place a tray or large book on top to create a flat surface for a lamp and other bedside items. Tip: Look for an ottoman with additional storage inside. Many have compartments specifically designed to store shoes — a bonus for shoe lovers.
Dresser or chest. Rather than restricting your night-table furniture to the small or low profile, you might go bold with a relatively large piece of furniture like a dresser or chest of drawers. This can provide much-needed extra storage, particularly in a narrow bedroom. The key with a larger piece is to create balance. When the bed is placed in the middle of the wall, add another large piece of furniture to the other side; a second dresser or a desk typically will work. Be sure both pieces are similar in height and width to create a more symmetrical look. Adding lamps of the same height on either side of the bed can add to the harmonious effect when your night tables don't match. Tip: If you opt for two different lamps and they are not exactly the same height, place one or two books beneath the shorter lamp to give it the extra height.
Bookshelves are stalwart storage options for so much more than novels and nonfiction. If you have enough space on one side of your bed, try placing a bookshelf against the bed wall. It can house books (of course) as well as decorative boxes for storing personal items like those earplugs and eye masks. If it has an open back or a hole for threading out a cord, then the shelf can store a small reading lamp too. If your bedroom door is in a corner of the bedroom, as is quite common, the bookcase will probably look best placed in the corner farthest from the door. This placement will make the room appear more balanced upon entry. This rule doesn't apply if your door is in the middle of the room. Tip: Keep your bookshelf neat and styled by mixing books with decorative items. Try color coordinating the spines of the books and alternating their placement from horizontal to vertical. Both strategies will help create an intentionally designed look.
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