9 Top-Rated Nightstands for Your Bedroom
A collection of popular nightstands that solve the problem of where to put your phone, beverage, tissues, book and sleep mask.
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How to Choose a Nightstand
Often overlooked, nightstands and bedside tables serve multiple useful functions. They’re a place to discretely stow reading glasses and other bedside belongings while keeping a lamp, cellphone or favorite novel within arm’s reach. Bottom line: They’re an integral piece of furniture for the bedroom.
When shopping for a nightstand, here are the five main things to consider:
- Storage capacity;
- Stability and durability;
Our roundup of standout bedroom nightstands and bedside tables take all of the above, and more, into account.
Best Nightstand for Small Spaces
For cramped bedrooms, a mirrored bedside table like the Convenience Concepts three-drawer mirrored table ($230) is a great way to make a room feel bigger. Besides reflecting light and “disappearing,” this petite three-drawer dresser has plenty of room for concealed storage. Choose from various trims and finishes, from black and white to metallic. A reflective surface is the Holy Grail of small spaces.
Best Floating Nightstand
If floor space is in short supply, use the wall! The custom-made RHOOTZbackToWood floating bedside table ($578) looks like two solid blocks of wood until it slides open to reveal a secret drawer within.
Three dividers inside keep small items organized and hidden. Smooth metal glides extend the tray out, instantly adding tabletop space for a phone, a book and your morning cup of coffee. This custom-made beauty is available in four finish colors.
Best Classic Design Nightstand
Sometimes it’s best to steer clear of trends and fads and stick with what you know. One of Ikea’s top sellers, the Hemnes two-drawer chest ($80) is a classic nightstand that never goes out of fashion.
The chest pairs easily with cottage-style bedroom decor or mingles with slick, modern pieces for an eclectic look. The nightstand comes in black-brown and white painted, and dark gray and white stained.
When every penny counts, this round side table by Aojezor ($49) with brushed gold finish is a cost-effective option that looks like a million bucks. It works well in the boudoir or a dorm room, but could just as easily function as an accent table next to the couch or a plant stand on the patio. Made of sturdy, waterproof metal that’s easy to clean, the no-tool assembly (just screw on the three legs) takes but a minute.
Best Nightstand Splurge
You knew it was out there. The Sobro smart side/nightstand table ($700), billed as the “next generation” of nightstands, has everything a tech-savvy sleeper needs to get through the night.
Connected features include a wireless charging pad, thermoelectric cooling drawer (for beverages and midnight snacks) and built-in Bluetooth speakers. The charging port allows you to top off the batteries on your phone and laptop simultaneously. Everything is controlled through the free, downloadable Sobro App for iOS and Android.
Best Nightstand With Built-In Light
Light up the night with the Brightech Madison narrow nightstand ($110). Featuring an attached swing-arm lamp with black laser-cut shade, this nifty bedside table also works well beside the sofa. A bookworm’s dream, the super-skinny table comes with two USB ports to plug in devices. Plus, it rated 4.7 out of five stars on Amazon with more than 4,500 reviews.
Best Nightstand With Storage
Keep the area around your bed tidy with the Breakwater Bay Santa Cruz end table with storage ($137). Despite this nightstand’s small footprint, it boasts three generously sized sections for storage: two woven rattan baskets, plus one traditional drawer for tissues, glasses, snacks, bottles of water and whatever else you like to keep handy.
Best Nightstand for Dorms
For college students heading back to campus, the Sorbus Three-Drawer Nightstand ($44) is part of a collection of dorm-friendly collapsible furniture. The steel frame with a medium-density fibreboard (MDF) top and soft fabric drawers (eight inches deep) holds loads of miscellaneous items. And if there’s a room assignment change, this nightstand only weighs 12 pounds, so it’s easy to transport.
Best Nightstand for Kids
Made of MDF with an oak veneer, it’s strong enough to stand up to a punishing five-year-old. And thanks to the adjustable levelers for uneven floors, it’s stable enough to hold a lamp or piggy bank. This nightstand effortlessly coordinates with other mid-century furniture in the collection.
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