Nightstand StorageNightstand Storage

Not all table lamps are created equal for reading. Ideally the base of the shade should sit level with your eyes when you're propped up in bed and the shade should direct light toward you rather than channeling it up or down. Floor lamps also are an option but they compete for space with nightstands so it can be harder to make them work.

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Typical Nightstand HeightTypical Nightstand Height

Ottomans can easily adapt to life as nightstands. They can be found upholstered or in leather or wood. They also come in a variety of shapes: round square rectangle octagon. Choose a piece that is about the same height as the top of your mattress in a width suitable for the space next to your bed. With upholstered ottomans you may want to place a tray or large book on top to create a flat surface for a lamp and other bedside items. Tip: Look for an ottoman with additional storage inside. Many have compartments specifically designed to store shoes — a bonus for shoe lovers.

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Wood And Metal NightstandWood And Metal Nightstand

Calm the visual noise. Ideally the bedroom would be solely devoted to rest and relaxation but if you live in a smaller space this simply may not be possible. If you must make room for your desk in the bedroom aim for a setup that allows you to hide everything away when you're done working. Tuck work-related items into drawers and cabinets leaving surfaces as clean and clear as possible for a restful feeling. Take action: Remove anything that reminds you of work bills or to-dos from within visual range of your bed. If you can find a place to store these items in a different room do so. If not clear out a drawer or shelf in a closed cabinet to keep them out of view.

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Bathtub SizesBathtub Sizes

The man of the house. If you're outnumbered by the females in your household or you tend to take a back seat when it comes to the home could it be time to take a stand — literally as well as figuratively — and put your own stamp on the bathroom?

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Bathtub Trim MoldingBathtub Trim Molding

When white feels right. For many people white is the only color they'll ever consider in a bathroom and it's not hard to see why — it can look so clean and fresh. But there are ways to make your white stand out from the rest. Here hints of black in the dark grout and fixtures are points of difference. Subtle but lovely features can inject enough difference into an all-white room to make it interesting: a signature circular mirror well-cared-for plants and a designer wood stool in this case. Textured tiles also bring depth to an all-white palette.

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Alcove BathtubAlcove Bathtub

When white feels right. For many people white is the only color they'll ever consider in a bathroom and it's not hard to see why — it can look so clean and fresh. But there are ways to make your white stand out from the rest. Here hints of black in the dark grout and fixtures are points of difference. Subtle but lovely features can inject enough difference into an all-white room to make it interesting: a signature circular mirror well-cared-for plants and a designer wood stool in this case. Textured tiles also bring depth to an all-white palette.

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Bathtub Faucet ExtenderBathtub Faucet Extender

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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Clawfoot BathtubClawfoot Bathtub

The academic. Goofed off too much at school to get good marks? Stuck in a dead-end job with zero intellectual stimulation? Studying in your downtime might just provide the brain food you need.

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French NightstandFrench 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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Black NightstandBlack Nightstand

Focus on the view. A bedroom always feels nicer when the first thing you experience is a pleasant view out the window — as opposed to a view looking straight at the bed. If you're designing a new bedroom or reworking an old one try to come up with a layout that focuses on the vista — whether it's something as stunning as a lake or as simple as your backyard.

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