How to Create a Stylish (and Functional) Bedside Table

How much time do you spend each day thinking about your bedside table?

Being honest with ourselves, the answer probably is “Not a lot at all, Oak Furniture Land, why are you asking us such silly questions?”. But while we understand why they’re not at the front of your mind all the time, we’d also argue that maybe bedside tables are certainly worth a second thought. After all, they’re often one of the last pieces of furniture you use at the end of the day, and the first one you touch in the morning.

Since they bookend your days so nicely and are a fantastic way to frame a bed, they can be truly stylish in your home. We’ve pulled together some top tips to turn these hardworking furniture heroes into beautiful – and functional – pieces for every bedroom.

shay painted bedroom collectionShay Rustic Oak and Painted Range

Start with a good base

Creating a stylish bedside table starts with having a stylish base to start from – which is exactly why we have such a wide range of looks to choose from.

Painted furniture adds a bright and sunny feeling to a room, perfect for creating a cheery bedroom, while rustic and natural oak bring a touch of the outside in for a peaceful haven. And think about your storage needs; this can dictate the style of your table.  

If you’re looking for space to hide your belongings out of sight, two drawer options, like our Canterbury bedside table might be ideal. On the other hand, our Original Rustic table, with its slim drawer and low shelf is great to add a lightness to a space, while giving you space to both hide and display things. For the minimalists, a sleek table like this from our Mantis light collection can do the trick.

Identify your essentials

Now that you’ve got a great starting point with a stylish bedside table, it’s time to move on to what we call “the essentials”; what is it that you actually store on your bedside table every day?

While you might not think that your nightly glass of water, or your spectacles, or your phone are the most glamorous items in your home, by simply arranging them in a pleasing display beside your bed, you can feel a little more organised and more stylish too.

If you need water during the night, why not think about incorporating a stylish decanter onto your bedside table with a matching glass for a touch of luxury? A decorated tray or a trendy coaster are great options to elevate the look, too. And instead of just laying your phone or glasses on your bedside table while you rest, why not place them on a dedicated stand, such as this phone stand, to create a more intentional look. Or incorporate a showstopping piece like this glasses holder to bring a touch of whimsy to your bedroom, while still providing that essential function.

french farmhouse bedside table

French Farmhouse Rustic Solid Oak 1 Drawer Bedside Table

Lighten up

One great way to design a bedroom perfect for dreaming is to think about the importance of good lighting. Different temperatures of light can affect our moods and our sleep cycles after all! Instead of relying on overhead lighting in your bedroom, lamps with warm-toned light bulbs are perfect for helping to promote great rest – and they always add great style to a bedside table, too.

Matching lamps on either side of the bed boasts a classic, luxurious look, while embracing contrasting styles on either side of the bed creates an eclectic, bohemian feeling. A tip for mixing styles though, to keep the cohesion throughout the room, try keeping one aspect the same – whether that’s height, colour, or theme.

Another hint for creating bedside table lighting that ticks all the right boxes for you is to think about why you want lighting in the space. If you love to read in bed, you might want to think about a taller lamp so you can sit up in bed and clearly see the pages. If you want to create a cosy, sleepy atmosphere, lower styles may help lull you off to sleep. Don’t forget about the power of candles to create a dreamy atmosphere – just don’t forget to blow them out before falling asleep!

country cottage bedside table

Country Cottage Natural Oak and Painted 2 Drawer Bedside Table

Reach for the stars

You’ve got all the basics in place now, and you have great bones for a style-packed bedside table, and now it’s time to take it to the next level – literally. One trick interior designers love is to layer items with different heights to add dimension and style to a piece. And when it comes to your bedside table, there are lots of easy ways to play with height.

There’s a reason many interior and home magazines include a bouquet in their photoshoots; flowers and greenery work wonders to pull a room together! A bedside table is a perfect place for a vase of flowers – and you can create the perfect height for your room with the stems of your choice. But if budgeting for a weekly bunch of flowers seems unreasonable, or if allergies have you shaking your head at this tip – never fear! Faux florals are a great choice, especially for those of us who aren’t blessed with a green thumb. There are many great options for life-like, styled blooms, so you’re sure to find something you love.

Art is another great way to add height to a bedside table. Whether hung on the wall behind your bedside table, or leaning on the table itself for a contemporary look, art can bring personality and height to your bedside table.

Canterbury Bedside Table

Canterbury 2 Drawer Bedside Table

Add some personality

Finally, complete your bedside table with little bits that mean something to you. After all, this is your personal haven we’re talking about! So adding those personal touches, such as the books or magazines you’re currently leafing though, or a family photo, can transform your newly styled bedside table from just another piece of furniture into something that brings you a little bit of joy at the beginning and the end of each day.

Home design is a personal process, so take the time and enjoy creating a look that’s totally you!