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How to pick the perfect bedside table

Bedside table

Bedside tables make the perfect bookends to any bed. They’re the quickest way to transform any bedroom into a stylish, functional space. If you’re a night time reader or just like to have a glass of water, your phone or medication close by, then a great set of bedside tables can make all the difference in the world to your nightly routine. Bedside tables are the powerful tool for decluttering the bedroom, they make it easy to keep the things you need close and organised. They’re also one of the most important design decisions you can make in the bedroom.

Bedside tables are an important accent piece that pull together a room designed to perfectly complement your bed and set the tone for the rest of the décor and style throughout your bedroom. Your choice of bedsides and the way you choose to style them can completely change the look of your room - a set of classic timber bedsides with a vase of carefully arranged flowers makes a timeless addition to any space, whilst a minimalist design and a well-placed plant will feel at home with a Scandi-inspired look. Replacing your bedside tables is a fantastic way to refresh a look, but how do you find the best bedsides for your bedroom?

Check out Bedshed’s top tips below.


How tall should a bedside table be?

A rule to live by when it comes to the height of your bedsides is that they should sit roughly in line with your mattress. Bedsides that sit too low or too high will be uncomfortable and impractical to use. You should also consider the proportions of the items you place on your bedside tables – a large, bulky lamp on a diminutive night stand will look very wrong! Décor items that are oversized or too small compared to the scale of your bedside table will upset the balance of your bedroom and make it feel odd, as if you’re Alice in Wonderland and you’ve just fallen through the Looking Glass.


Matchy-matchy or mix it up?

There is no rule that you have to match your bedside tables to your bed, or even to each other! It’s perfectly fine to mix things up if you have eclectic taste – for a unique spin on your bedroom try customising your own bed with our Mix & Match selector and then pair it with fun bedsides from our collection. If you prefer a beautifully coordinated look, then opt for one of our bedroom suites! Most bedroom sets include a bed frame, two bedside tables and a tallboy or chest of drawers for perfectly curated style – your bedroom will look like it belongs in a catalogue (check out our guide to finding the perfect bedroom suite).


How to organise a bedside table?

There are lots of different clever storage and organisation options to discover when it comes to bedside tables. You might choose bedsides with several drawers so you can keep clutter at a minimum, or you might choose to proudly display items on open shelves or keep everything out on the surface of your nightstand – it’s up to you and your personal preference! A great way to organise your bedside table is by storing your devices, medications and reading glasses neatly in a drawer and keeping books and water on the top surface for easy access.


How to decorate a bedside table?

At Bedshed we have bedroom furniture to suit every style preference. Whether you’re into contemporary pieces, classic style or country finishes, we have quality furniture pieces perfect for creating your perfect bedroom setting. Style is an important consideration when you’re choosing bedroom furniture. When selecting bedside tables, make sure you think about your existing décor and what will work well together. It’s most important that your bedside tables complement your bed well as they’ll sit side-by-side and your bed will usually be the largest, statement-making piece in your bedroom. You should also think about what decorative accents you’d like to include on your bedside table, a lamp is always a stylish and very practical addition but you may also want to consider adding a book, a candle or a fun print or picture frame to dress it up and make it your own.


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