American Drew NightstandAmerican Drew Nightstand

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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Platform Bed With Built In NightstandsPlatform Bed With Built In Nightstands

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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Fiberglass Bathtub Shower ComboFiberglass Bathtub Shower Combo

This oval teak tub looks just like a wine barrel but a little more luxe. The elongated design makes it extra comfortable; this tub could even host more than one bather at a time.

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Bathtub Faucet With Handheld ShowerBathtub Faucet With Handheld Shower

Bathtubs. If you can integrate your towel holder onto your shower's frame why not your bathtub's too? If you're wondering the rail mounted on the tub is an available upgrade on Kohler's Vintage model shown here.

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Yellow NightstandYellow Nightstand

Imagine walking into your bedroom and seeing clear clean surfaces. The bedcovers are smooth and inviting the pillows are plumped and on your nightstand is nothing but a vase of fresh flowers a candle a cup of herbal tea and your journal and pen. Any clothing has been easily put away because it fits within your dresser and closet space with room to spare. If you have children imagine finally coming into this beautiful space closing the door behind you and enjoying a few moments of blissful peace and quiet.

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Bathtub BasketBathtub Basket

The hedonist. If people tend to think you're the practical sort prove them wrong by creating a bathroom that lets you go luxe. Indulge all your senses with bubble bath candles fluffy towels and a bath mat to sink your toes into when it's time to dry off and step back into the real world.

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Acrylic NightstandAcrylic Nightstand

Dresser or chest. Rather than restricting your night-table furniture to the small or low profile you might go bold with a relatively large piece of furniture like a dresser or chest of drawers. This can provide much-needed extra storage particularly in a narrow bedroom. The key with a larger piece is to create balance. When the bed is placed in the middle of the wall add another large piece of furniture to the other side; a second dresser or a desk typically will work. Be sure both pieces are similar in height and width to create a more symmetrical look. Adding lamps of the same height on either side of the bed can add to the harmonious effect when your night tables don't match. Tip: If you opt for two different lamps and they are not exactly the same height place one or two books beneath the shorter lamp to give it the extra height.

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Dressers And NightstandsDressers And Nightstands

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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