French Nightstand Bedside TableFrench Nightstand Bedside Table

A nightstand is an essential piece of bedroom furniture at least for those of us who need a resting spot for a book glasses or that midnight drink of water. But finding space for a full-sized nightstand in a small bedroom can be a challenge.

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Nightstands For Small BedroomNightstands For Small Bedroom

Keep privacy in mind. It's always nice when you can leave the bedroom door open without forsaking all of your privacy. The small foyer in this example provides separation from the family room. I always try to avoid designing a layout in which you look directly into the bedroom from a more public space like a great room kitchen or family room.

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Minimalist NightstandMinimalist 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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Homemade NightstandHomemade Nightstand

Bookshelves are stalwart storage options for so much more than novels and nonfiction. If you have enough space on one side of your bed try placing a bookshelf against the bed wall. It can house books (of course) as well as decorative boxes for storing personal items like those earplugs and eye masks. If it has an open back or a hole for threading out a cord then the shelf can store a small reading lamp too. If your bedroom door is in a corner of the bedroom as is quite common the bookcase will probably look best placed in the corner farthest from the door. This placement will make the room appear more balanced upon entry. This rule doesn't apply if your door is in the middle of the room. Tip: Keep your bookshelf neat and styled by mixing books with decorative items. Try color coordinating the spines of the books and alternating their placement from horizontal to vertical. Both strategies will help create an intentionally designed look.

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American Drew NightstandAmerican Drew Nightstand

Tropical hue. Deep watery blue hues are among my favorites for a bedroom. The slight green undertones give a bit of warmth that a true blue lacks. It's also a nice choice if you happen to associate the color with a vacation spent someplace warm lush and tropical. For the ceiling I went with a crisp and light greenish-gray and the trim color is a slightly cool off-white.

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Nightstand FridgeNightstand Fridge

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 StopperBathtub Stopper

The artist. We're all born creative and many of us have a secret dream of casting off the shackles of conventional moneymaking in favor of letting our inner artist shine. Don't ignore the sculptor musician or painter inside you — life is far more fun when you let that artist play.

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Sterling BathtubSterling Bathtub

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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Bathtub In SpanishBathtub In Spanish

Inside the shower. If you're sensitive to the cold and would rather have every single shower accouterment at your fingertips the instant you turn the water off a towel rack inside the shower stall might be right for you. If you want to pull this off it helps to have either a longer-than-standard-size shower stall or a rainfall shower that will be less likely to splash and get your dry towel wet.

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Bookshelf NightstandBookshelf Nightstand

Because the bedroom is one of the simplest rooms in the house it's often overlooked. One of the first steps to a great bedroom design is having an efficient and well-designed floor plan that gives you everything you want — no matter how much space you start with.

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