Nelia Edelmira. Bedroom Nightstand. November 14th , 2017.
Not all table lamps are created equal for reading. Ideally, the base of the shade should sit level with your eyes when you're propped up in bed, and the shade should direct light toward you rather than channeling it up or down. Floor lamps also are an option, but they compete for space with nightstands, so it can be harder to make them work.
A styled nightstand makes your bedroom look complete. Keep only essential items here, such as a lamp, clock and book, and decorative details, like a dish, to hold your jewelry or a memento. Keep this area clean and dust-free, as you don't want to wake up to a mess or breathe in allergens while you sleep. The interior style of your bedroom should guide you in your choice of bedside items. A coastal-inspired bedroom could have lush green tropical leaves in a glass bottle on top of a stack of books and a maritime-inspired clock, for example. Boho bedrooms might feature a small arrangement of brightly colored flowers and a string of beads. Just don't be overly obvious in your approach to themes.
Trunk or suitcases. To add a vintage look to your bedroom, go for those old and weathered suitcases you've had your eye on in the thrift store. Stack them together and place a sturdy tray on top for a fun DIY night table. Opt for a variety of colors to create a design feature in the room, or get crafty and paint your suitcases the same color for a more Shabby Chic look, as in this photo. Similarly, pull that old trunk out of your attic. The large surface area can easily accommodate a lamp and other decorative items. Carry the vintage style of the trunk into the rest of the room by scattering around small accessories like old photo frames or an antique mirror. Tip: The storage space inside a trunk is a perfect place to stow extra blankets.
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.
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