Bedside Tables – To Match or Not to Match?

25 Beautiful Bedside Tables and how to pair them up

25 Beautiful Bedside Tables and how to pair them up

According to our new online bible (aka Pinterest) one of the most searched topics in 2016 was Bedside Tables. Who knew? That piece of furniture that most of us have, or have a need for, is trending. So of course, I’d be remiss not to give a few pointers to anyone looking to buy or replace this humble item of furniture in their own homes.

25 Beautiful Bedside Tables and how to pair them up

Bedside Tables – The Practicalities

It’s always good to start with the basics. Exactly how much room you have for your nightstand (bedside table over the pond) will determine the size of bedside table you end up choosing. Natch. But consider also, exactly how you will use it. Do you need extra storage in the bedroom? If so, it makes sense to choose a style with drawers. How much surface area do you actually need for all your bedtime essentials? Only you can answer this, but I will suggest a round bedside table will actually hold far less than a square one. I know this only too well by experience as I’m always knocking things off the edge of my lovely round tables.

25 Beautiful Bedside Tables and how to pair them up

Bedside Tables – What Style?

Again, this is down to your own personal preferences and the rest of the furniture in the room. A country style bedroom can have a modern white glossy bedside table, but it’s always hard to pull off this kind of eclectic styling. Best to stick to what you know. So, if you do have a country style bedroom, or a mid-century style bedroom, or a even an industrial style bedroom, choose something that will fit in with it.

25 Beautiful Bedside Tables and how to pair them up

Bedside Tables – To Match or Not to Match?

Now, I’m not going to tell you to buy two entirely different bedside tables. Of course not. But why buy two identical pieces of furniture when there is so much choice out there? Now this is where I confess that my bedside tables do in fact match. But I wish they didn’t. So do as I say, not as I do. A room looks so much more interesting with different pieces of furniture in it. It looks more curated and less like you went to a furniture store at sale time. Isn’t that what we all want? Rooms in our homes that look like they evolved from old and new, inherited and re-purposed. All put together with a stylists flair. It’s not hard trust me.

25 Beautiful Bedside Tables and how to pair them up

Bedside Tables – To Match or Not to Match – The Rules

So, now you’ve listened to me and you’ve decided to buy mis-matched bedside tables, there are a few rules to observe. Choose two items that have at least something in common. The same wood. The same style. A colour in common. A shape in common. Stick to this rule and you can even have two pieces of furniture of different sizes. With drawers and without. Round and square even. After all, him in the house needs less storage than you. And there you go. And just to help you out a little I’ve put together a few examples. You’re welcome.

Stockists:

1. John Lewis. 2. Rockett St George. 3. Oka Direct. 4. Dunlem. 5. Made.com. 6. Rose & Grey.

7. John Lewis. 8. Graham & Green. 9. Made.com. 10. Graham & Green. 11. Oka Direct. 12. Oka Direct.

13. West Elm. 14. Rockett St George. 15. Cox & Cox. 16. Out There Interiors. 17. Cox & Cox. 18. Graham & Green

19. John Lewis. 20. Oka Direct. 21. Dunelm. 22. Out There Interiors. 23. John Lewis. 24. West Elm

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12 Comments

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    Geraldine

    January 6, 2017

    I wish I could have bedside tables. My bed is flanked by fitted wardrobes which make it tricky. Lovely picks x

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      deardesigner

      January 6, 2017

      Thanks G. I’m sure the fitted wardrobes look good though. x

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    Karen - Making Spaces

    January 6, 2017

    Mis-matching all the way! We ended up with a small chest of drawers for my hubby’s bedside as he needed more storage and I went with a similar style bedside with a single drawer. Desperately didn’t want the bedroom to look like a “set”. Great advice!x

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      deardesigner

      January 6, 2017

      Thanks Karen. I’m intrigued now about what your hubby stores in his haha. x

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    Stephanie

    January 5, 2017

    It took me ages to decide what bedside tables to get! Although I wish I had thought about it a bit more, I could do with more storage in mine. You picked out some lovely ones here.

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      deardesigner

      January 6, 2017

      Thanks Stephanie. Yes, I’m regretting choosing tables for looks and not practicality. You live and learn. x

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    Cate

    January 5, 2017

    Some great styles, I love mis-matched bedside tables, it gives a much more relaxed look, plus each person either side of the bed has different requirements, I have a lot of stuff to hide away in drawers while the mr has nothing but a charger! x

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      deardesigner

      January 6, 2017

      That’s so true Cate. BF only has a charger and a light. x

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    Rachel @ Fresh Design

    January 5, 2017

    I’m surprised that bedside tables were so sought after on Pinterest, but after reading your post and seeing all those lovely options, I can see why. I love the idea that they needn’t match and your pairings are great inspiration.

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      deardesigner

      January 6, 2017

      I was surprised too Rachel. Glad you like the options x

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    Kimberly ~ Swoon Worthy

    January 4, 2017

    Oh I searched very very long and hard for bedside tables that *didn’t* match when I was looking a few years ago – dammit, where was your post then?! Hahaha! Alas, I decided to take matters into my own hands with an Ikea Hack because the size was so specific and it was the only thing that really fit the space! However, I do really LOVE the look of mismatched cabinets and love the combos you created here! xxx

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      deardesigner

      January 4, 2017

      Thanks hun. Your bedside tables certainly don’t look like ikea! Great hack 🙂

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