Bedside NightstandsBedside Nightstands

The nightstand next to your bed is one of the most essential surfaces in your bedroom. It provides a home for books photo frames and sleepy-time necessities like eye masks and earplugs. Most of us opt for the classic version: a small square table with a drawer and a matching counterpart on the other side of the bed. But this functional area doesn't have to be so well square. Swapping out that classic nightstand for a piece of non-bedroom furniture can add personality as well as function to your bedroom. Here are unique alternatives to the classic nightstand. The best part about these options? They are common enough pieces that you may already have them on hand. If not you'll be able to pick them up for a reasonable price at a garage sale or flea market.

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Slim NightstandSlim Nightstand

Parisian chic. A restrained palette of black and white can feel really luxurious especially when you choose textures and details that thrill the senses. Smooth dark (or even painted) wood floors and crisp white walls create an envelope to fill with little luxuries — fine sheets and a delicate coverlet a petite chandelier a velvet cushion. Add a bit of sparkle with a few vintage perfume bottles and spritz sheets with linen water before slipping in for the night.

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Bathtub Water HeaterBathtub Water Heater

The child at heart. Acting like a grown-up becomes necessary once you reach a certain age but there's no reason your inner child can't come out to play now and then.

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Bathtub NicheBathtub Niche

Glass screen. A glass screen or panel extends about 60 percent of the way across the side of the tub and is fixed to the wall with brackets or hinges. It can be stationary or have a door that swings out from the tub. A glass screen is a great option in small bathrooms because it takes up less space physically and visually since less glass and hardware are needed. A glass panel with a door that swings out because it fit the room's contemporary feel and makes the tile in the shower a focal point. The swinging door allows better access to the water controls.

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Cream Colored NightstandCream Colored Nightstand

Increase light and ventilation. Locating your bedroom at the corner of your home can give you windows on two or more adjacent walls. This gives you the added benefit of cross ventilation and a softer natural light.

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Cultured Marble BathtubCultured Marble Bathtub

The self-made billionaire. Do you feel like you're living the wrong life? That really you'd be better suited to a jet-setting existence staying in top hotels across the globe and never lifting a finger to cook or clean? In the meantime why not make your own home a little more luxurious?

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Modern Nightstand LampsModern Nightstand Lamps

Fresh romantic. Pure linen sheets or pillow shams flowing white curtains and fresh flowers are musts for this look. Practicing a bit of restraint will keep it from veering into froufrou territory — a bit of a ruffle perhaps but skip the floral prints. Walls painted a pale minty green provide a soothing backdrop.

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Bathtub CushionBathtub Cushion

Take your bathroom to a whole new level with a low glass panel that contains the water. Tiled floors and walls and a secure glass installation make it completely waterproof and surprisingly sturdy.

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