The nightstand or bedside table is an essential. Regardless of how minimalist-y you live, everyone needs a place to store a few essentials: your alarm clock, your glasses, a glass of water, some books and magazines. Except, it's pretty rare, at least among young adults, to have a pair that actually match your bed as set. So, you've gotta find ones that are similar in wood tone and details and hardware and trim...or you can just skip the traditional nightstand altogether, and opt for one of these alternatives instead.
Some are made from non-nightstand materials, some are focal points that simply don't need to match the bed, and others are clever uses of other objecct - chairs, ladders, luggage, that work just as well as common bedside furniture.
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