Your Bedside Tables Don't Need to Be Nightstands

A nightstand—i.e., a small table, often featuring a drawer, frequently sold as a set of two—is no more adept at being a bedside table than many of its furniture brethren. Consider, for one, that beds come in all different heights these days: from the lowest of low mattresses resting directly on the ground to those propped up on risers to eke out a little more storage space. We can all agree that a bedside table's height should be roughly that of the reclining person who might be reaching over to it (and also that design "rules," such as Thou Shalt Have Nightstands, are way more fun when broken), so better to choose a piece of furniture best suited to the task than to rely solely on ready-made nightstands. Here are 11 alternative furnishings that function exceptionally well as bedside tables.

Chairs

Your Bedside Tables Don't Need to Be Nightstands

The two chairs that designer Casey Kenyon uses as bedside tables in his Brooklyn home can also be cleared off and brought to the living room to make their two-top into a four-top when guests arrive. Efficiency!

Dressers

In a guest room at a Palm Beach home's pavilion, the mirrored bedside cabinets are by Nancy Corzine...