Top Tips for Choosing a Bedside table
When choosing bedside tables for your bedroom there a few important things to keep in mind to ensure you get the look you want and something that will suit your needs.
I like to think of bedsides much like ‘earrings’ for your bed, adding a complementary embellishment that sets your interior style and look for the bedroom.
Whether you choose a matching pair or two completely different pieces, is up to you. But no matter what you choose, your bedside tables need to be functional, providing extra storage or the perfect place to set down your book or arrange a vase of fresh flowers.
If you’re looking to update the style of your bedroom or just going for a refresh, here are my top tips when choosing a bedside table.
CONSIDER SCALE AND PROPORTION
The visual appeal of your bedroom furniture is important, so pay attention to the size of the bedsides that you choose. A simple rule of thumb is that the bedside height should be roughly the height of your mattress (give or take).
Lighting is possibly the most important thing you’ll place on your bedside table, so consider also the scale and proportion of your bedside lamps. A tiny little lamp will look out of proportion next to a tall bedhead, and vice versa with a huge lamp and a low profile bed.
If you love to sit up and read in bed, the lampshade of your lamp should be at chin height so it creates a comfortable ambience for reading while eliminating glare.
FOCUS ON FUNCTION
When choosing a bedside table, ensure there is enough surface area to store or display the things you use regularly. This might include your bedside lamp, a glass of water, a book, candle or a vase of flowers, and a place to rest your reading glasses. If you want a more minimal look, choose a bedside with drawers, then you can store it all out of sight!
Most other things that we commonly store on our bedside table – such as medication, spare change and electronic devices – could be easily moved to other places around your house, clearing the clutter and enabling to you sleep better.
Try to avoid purchasing the matching bedroom suite if you want to inject personality into your bedroom. When everything looks the same, it can look a bit like a catalogue and it becomes harder to stamp your own style. Think beyond standard bedside table. A chair, ladder shelf, or a stack of vintage suitcases or milk crates can create an interesting look while still providing function. Just pay attention the tips above and experiment with different options!
TO MATCH OR NOT TO MATCH IS UP TO YOU
Don’t feel like you need to match your bedside tables. It can work just as well when you choose two different styles, as long as there is a common thread that brings the two together. This might be a matching colour, similar shape or size.
For instance one side of the bed may have more room where you can put a larger chest of drawers or console, while the other side has a smaller table in the same wood finish. Or you might choose a more masculine style for his side and a feminine table for her, in a similar size or shape.
Again, don’t be afraid to try new things and create an area that works for you.
CONSIDER YOUR STYLE
Colour and material choice will help dictate the style you create within your bedroom so pay close attention to this. For a coastal and beachy look you may choose natural materials like rattan or white-washed timber, or for a more industrial look, metal and timber may work well.
For inspiration you can turn to the Pinterest or design magazines to get an idea about what suits each style, and then gather inspiration to create your own look.
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