Ivory NightstandIvory Nightstand

Step stool. A repurposed step stool is a smart budget-friendly and space-saving substitute for a night table. Whether designed for a child's room the kitchen or the garage stools often have small proportions that are good for small spaces. A typical step stool measures 15 to 18 inches wide and about 21 inches high making it a good fit for many beds. Tip: Since a table lamp might take over much of the surface area of your step stool consider installing a wall sconce above it instead. That way you'll have room on the stool to place books reading glasses or a vase. If your bedroom allows space pair the stool with a similar-size furniture piece on the other side of the bed.

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Cream NightstandCream Nightstand

Floating shelf. If your bedside space is challenging or if you prefer a minimalist style try a floating shelf as your night-table alternative. The designs of floating shelves today go beyond the simple white or wood rectangles we've come to know. Stylish shelves can be found in glossy hues and a variety of shapes and can also feature useful storage options. Shelves flanking the sides of the bed often appear built-in and look best when they are the same size and style. Look for a shelf wide or deep enough to hold a small bedside lamp and book and hang it at the same height as the top of your mattress. Tip: Attach the shelf to the wall with anchors and screws that can hold 40 pounds or at least the load that your shelf instructions recommend. Be sure that the combined weight of your bedside items is less than the shelf's maximum load.

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Luxury BathtubsLuxury Bathtubs

Feature wall. Most of the previous solutions are optimal in bathrooms lacking in wall space. If you do have a free surface you could easily incorporate your towel racks as part of a feature wall. Here a wood-paneled alcove features five towel bars that the bather can easily reach from the tub.

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Heated BathtubHeated Bathtub

Whose towel is whose. Alternatively you could employ the same strategy of demarcating sink space even without a trough basin by mounting your towel bars just under the lip of the countertop. Especially in a guest room or kid's shared bathroom this makes it easier to identify whose towel is whose compared with a catchall hook mounted somewhere on the wall.

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Nightstand With BasketsNightstand With Baskets

A floating shelf provides enough space for the nightstand essentials: a vase of fresh flowers a candle — perhaps in a soothing scent like lavender — and a book. The designer saved surface space in this North London bedroom by choosing a hanging pendant. With no room to go wide along the sides of this bed the designer created a narrow but deep shelf. This photo of the same bedroom shows how the floating shelves line up neatly with the walls of the niche. The space beneath them is still available for stashing items; here it's a black case but baskets decorative boxes or even a stack of books would also work.There's no reason a floating shelf needs to be wooden. Blogger Michelle Hinckley found this vintage version at an estate sale and spray-painted it white. A slim task lamp offers lightweight illumination. This bedroom has a bit more space on either side of the bed. Nonetheless it's a good illustration of how floating nightstands can create the feeling of buoyancy in a room. Because floor space isn't taken up beneath the wall-mounted tables the room reads as a little more open. The pathways on either side of this bad aren't wide but the two floating cubes create the illusion of more space since they don't fill the entire gap. Pendant lights save surface space. The feature wall is planked cedar. This floating nightstand is in the same wood as the behind-the-bed feature wall and has a contemporary minimalist look. This space isn't as small as some of the others but the wall behind the bed doesn't have much space on either side of the bed frame. The floating shelves have two layers offering more space to stash nighttime necessities. This floating option isn't really a shelf at all but a ledge built into the wall planking. It holds a clock radio and plant with room left over for glasses and cellphone.

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Ikea NightstandIkea Nightstand

Take your time. Great design takes a while and usually requires refining before you come up with the perfect plan for your lifestyle. Don't rush through the design — it's worth taking a little extra time up front to make sure you have a more efficient and functional plan in the end. The truth is great design doesn't necessarily mean a space that's overly complex and expensive to build. A space that functions better costs less to build is more efficient to run and is easier to maintain can be an outstanding example of great design.

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Narrow BathtubNarrow Bathtub

Although marble is often thought of as a traditional material this freestanding white marble tub has a distinctly modern look. The circular design flows with the bathroom's curved exterior wall. The round shapes contrast nicely with the angles on the doors and floor.

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Cube NightstandCube Nightstand

Cool blues. A navy blue wall color adds a bit of drama to the room while helping to frame the fetching views. A softer blue hue on the ceiling mimics the sky giving the room an even more expansive vibe than it already has. A cool white color for the trim adds a clean crisp linear element. This is a decidedly cool color palette so it's best for bedrooms in hot and sunny locations.

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