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On the nightstand: 6 bedside tables that are ultra-practical (and look good too)
These by-the-bed options are more than just a resting place for your book and phone.

THE AVERAGE PERSON will spend a third of their life asleep, which means a lot of time in the bedroom too.

Beds, bed linen, rugs and lighting get a lot of the attention in the bedroom interiors space, but one piece of furniture that does a lot of the hard work is the bedside locker or table.

A bedside table is a great ‘catch all’ for items like books and tech, and the right one can also be an integral part of the overall look and feel of your bedroom.

We’ve rounded up six options that are functional as well as good looking, so you can cut the clutter and rest easy. There’s no such thing as ‘getting up on the wrong side of the bed’ here…

1. Down low: If you’re the type to flail about while you sleep, then whacking your arms or head off your side table is the last thing you want. Think about investing in a design that’s a little lower than the bed but still does its job.

Aussie interiors blogger @stilettos_and_bricks takes the simple and circular route. There’s just enough space for some fresh flowers and night time reading, with a height that makes it much harder to knock over that glass of water in your sleep. You can find a similar model, but with the added benefit of storage, at DFS.

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2. Think multi-function: If space is at a premium, then a desk can make the perfect bedfellow. Great for those who work from home or use their bedroom as a study space, pushing one close to the side of the bed – if height and size allows – adds a multi-functional element in the room.

Keep things traditional with a sturdier shape like @blytheinteriors, or opt for a more streamlined structure like this one from Wellindal.

3. Sleek dreams: If you’re a minimalist at heart then the last thing you want is a whole load of extra bulk taking over the simple bedside design you chose. @_millergrey knows what we’re talking about with the clean lines of this wooden table. 

Experiment with geometric shapes too, like this hexagonal style from Trouva. Going for skinny legs will allow the air to circulate, and create the illusion of an even sleeker space. The added hexagon shape adds interest without going overboard. 

4. Portable and pretty: If your interior design mind changes quite frequently then lightweight furniture pieces that can be moved around easily, will become your new best friends.

The BURVIK side table from IKEA can be moved from room to room – or even outdoors – in a carefree instant. Seen in action here with @iloftyou, it makes the perfect affordable and practical bedside table.

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5. Snug fit: Making the bedside table almost an extension of your bed keeps things within easy reach and is ideal for a smaller room. Just keep in mind that it might take a bit of measuring to ensure a perfect fit that’s not loose or wobbly.

@coletteslittlehome may have made hers but there are plenty of similar designs like this one from Wayfair on the market if DIYing it just isn’t for you.

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6. Take a seat: Go against the grain like Instagram user @this_little_savage_life does here, and look for alternative pieces that do the ‘catch all’ job just as well. Basic wooden chairs, if their height allows, double in function when placed beside the bed.

No doubt there’ll be a few quick dashes to the bedroom when you need an extra seat around the dinner table, too. You can find Thonet-style chairs at Nisbits.

More: Sleep tight: 6 beautiful beds to suit the newborn, toddler or young kid in your life>

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