While there are conventional styles to choose from for each type of furniture you incorporate into your home, it’s always a great idea to get creative with a few items. Those smaller pieces, in particular, like ottomans, storage cabinets, stools, or bedside tables, can add a lot of character and charm to your interiors. The next time you’re in the market for any of these extra bits of furniture, try something a little different.
If you’re in need some inspiration, stay tuned because today we will be covering some fun ideas for stylish bedside tables. All of them are affordable, and they offer you a chance to bring some one-of-a-kind personality to your bedroom.
First of all, who says you have to have a bedside table? If you are one of those people who tends to let things pile up around the bed, then perhaps a fitted set of shelves would be more up your street!
Make use of small alcoves and vertical space around your bed by installing timber shelves that contrast nicely with the colour of your bedroom. Make sure they're strong enough to hold a lamp, alarm clock, a couple of books and pictures, and of course a nice big glass of water, just in case you get thirsty during the night!
If you’re a book lover, you can probably attest to having a stack of books piled up near the bed as you read them before falling asleep. This is a common scenario, so why not let the books do some work for you? While it may not be the most practical solution to create a bedside table out of the books you’re currently reading, they can certainly bring some welcome inspiration.
To start, get some old books that match the size dimensions you’d like to use for your bedside table. Feel free to vary the sizes of the books for a more interesting look. If you don’t have any old books of your own, libraries are often looking to dispose of their older tomes. Next, you just have to adhere the books together using a strong type of glue. Feel free to paint them or add a glaze for durability afterwards.
Another piece of furniture that holds potential for upcycling is a chair or stool that you’re not using. If you’re intrigued by this idea, but you don’t want to part with any of your chairs, don’t forget to try exploring your local thrift store or browsing online. You can then take the chair and remove the back or leave it on as a decorative element as we can see in this example by An Artful Life.
Have fun with decorating and painting an old chair to your liking. Stools work equally as well when converted into bedside tables. In fact, many modern and minimalist bedside tables resemble stools.
For a unique twist on the typical bedside table that resides on the floor, you can always exploit the vertical space near your bed for a more innovative style. One way to do this is by fastening a panel in a preferred material to the wall or ceiling. You can attach hooks to the panel and then proceed to hang necessary items like books or jewelry from the panel. You may also want to attach a small platform for setting things like an alarm clock as you would on a more conventional bedside table.
This option is great for those with limited space in their bedrooms. With this system you can preserve all the functionality of the bedside table whilst also adding a bit personal style and intrigue in the room.
Another variation on the typical bedside table is to lean a ladder against the wall next to the bed. This is ideal if you like your bedside table to include drawers or shelving. This is because by nature, ladders have multiple rungs on which you can place books, plants, a tissue box, or decorations. Therefore, the ladder option works best for those who tend to end up with a cluttered bedside table.
You could choose a wood or metal ladder for a more industrial feel. If you do choose a full-size ladder, make sure that it is safely adhered to the wall or floor. Alternatively, you could opt for a smaller, freestanding ladder-inspired piece as we can see here.
A popular upcycling move is to convert a crate or barrel into a small table. The size of most crates you might have lying around is about the same as a typical bedside table. You can leave the more rustic-industrial finish of the wooden crate or feel free to paint and alter it however you like.
We love the idea of placing a glass surface on top of a crate in order to better accommodate any small items you’d like to keep on the table. Otherwise, if you forget to take off your watch or a pair of earrings before climbing into bed, they might fall through the slats in the crate and onto the floor.
For a truly rustic addition to your bedroom, see what you can make of an old tree stump. You could go completely natural and place the entire trunk next to the bed, but we recommend treating the wood to kill any pests that might be residing inside the small cracks and crevices.
Alternatively, you could go on the lookout for a bedside table that was carved out of a tree trunk. This one, for example, has extra dimensions of colour and texture thanks to the doors that were incorporated into the original trunk. For a bit more subdued rustic style, there are also plenty of tables on the market that have a raw wooden surface but legs in a different material. In fact, this look is quite trendy right now!
One final way you can repurpose some interesting items in order to add some more style and character to the bedroom is to use an assortment of vintage luggage to create a bedside table. If people are lucky enough to have some of these items lying around collecting dust in the attic, this is a great way to put them to work! For those that do not have these items, luggage is actually a pretty common item sold at vintage and antique shops. As you could with the books, feel free to paint or glaze them.
Here, for example, we can see that one of the pieces of luggage was spray painted in chrome to add a bit of dynamism to the stack of luggage. You may even want to make a patina on them to enhance their old fashioned look. Because the luggage is bulky and heavy, you may not even need to adhere them to one another to make this look work.
For more information on how to add a patina, check out these easy steps to make a patina on wooden furniture. Happy decorating!