Frequently Asked Question About Nightstand
What is a Nightstand?
A nightstand, or sometimes called bedside table or night table is a small table that specifically designed to be placed beside the bed. In current interior design trends, this item has two main purpose. First, to be a decorative item to make the bedroom feels “complete” and more attractive, and secondly, to be a place to put any essential items within reach.
How Tall Should a Nightstand be?
When choosing the perfect nightstand for your bedroom, the most important thing is to consider the height of your bed. The ideal nightstand should be at least 2 or 3 inch taller than the bed. Thus, if you are using a standard bed with 25″ height, than you can choose any nightstand with 27″ to 28″ height.
Avoid nightstand shorter than the bed, since not only it will looks awkward, it also can make it difficult to reach any items there from the bed.
How to Make a Nightstand Taller?
There are a lot of different approach that can be used to make a nightstand taller, but one of our favorite is by using an extra tray such as this one :
This is the most simple, easy and affordable ways, and at the same time can make your nightstand looks much better. However, this method is only make your nightstand taller an inch or two. If you need more height, another easy way is by using plastic table wedge and put it below the nightstand legs.
How to Paint a Nightstand?
Painting a nightstand is similar with painting another table or furniture, and one of the most crucial things that can make or break your repaint effort is to choose the perfect kind of paint for your nightstand materials.
For laminate finished nightstand, latex furniture paint is highly recommended as not only it can stick perfectly in the laminate surface, but also can produce a smooth results.
For wood finished nightstand, you can use any wood paint available on the market. To get a better results, you can apply clear wax finish.
Another important thing when repainting a nightstand is to disassemble it and paint each part separately.
How to Decorate a Nightstand?
When decorating a nightstand, don’t overcomplicated things, just keep it simple. Sometimes, one gorgeous table lamp is more than enough especially for a small or narrow nightstand. You can also use it to add more green vibe into your bedroom by put small set of vases with artificial plants.
Where to Buy Nightstand Online?
For an affordable mid-entry level nightstand, general online marketplace such as Amazon or Walmart can be a great starting place to find the perfect nightstand.
But if you want a more high quality ones, you can try some furniture only marketplace such as build.com or ballard design.
Should I Buy One Single Nightstand or a Pair of It?
Ideally, two nightstands is the best options. By placing a nightstand behind each side of your bed can make it look perfectly symmetrical, especially for a master bedroom or a large bedroom.
However, if you only had a limited spaces in your bedroom, than one nightstand can still works, but make sure the other side of the bed is not empty, or better push that side against the wall.
How to add Electrical Outlet to Nightstand?
Today, we cannot live without electricity, even when it’s time to go to bed. Thankfully, today there are a lot of nightstand that had already come with built in electrical outlet.
But if you already had a nightstand that is without it, you can buy an additional plug-in desktop electrical outlet and put it above your nightstand easily.