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How to Buy a Bedside Table or Nightstand

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A bedside table or nightstand is an essential piece of accent furniture that adds storage space and style to your bedroom. In addition to its aesthetic element, your nightstand should also be an outstandingly functional piece that can serve as a tray, storage, bookcase, and display shelf.  Without a bedside table, you may find yourself missing a convenient place to keep an alarm clock, glasses, or a cup of water within arm’s reach. Our guide will help you determine the features to look for when choosing the perfect nightstand for your needs.

Know What You Need

To begin choosing your bedside table you must first evaluate how you spend your time while you are in bed. Will you need shelves because you tend to spend some time with your nose in a book before bedtime? Do you work while lounging in bed? Will you need extra drawers for storage? Will you need a protective coating on your table top and a larger surface area because you are prone to breakfast in bed? Or do you not spend much time in bed aside from sleeping, but would really like a way to display more of your collectibles?

Got to Have Style

We offer nightstands in many different varieties or styles. Whether your décor is Contemporary/Modern with clear, clean and efficient lines, Rustic with its natural finishes that display all of the beautiful imperfections of the wood used, or a Traditional piece with deep stains and intricate detailing that is mimicked from ages of yore — you are sure to find a match that is perfect for you.

Materials and Construction

Again, the construction details of your nightstand should match what you expect to get out of your piece. If you're planning to stack large hardback books within the drawers, it would serve as appropriate that those drawers were made from a solid hard wood with dovetailed construction that is able to stand up to the task. Metal drawer glides will stand the test of time over their wooden counterparts and a lacquered finish will help to protect against UV rays and water damage.

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