Nightstands have been a classic part of bedroom furniture for generations. Having a place to rest a glass of water and a lamp for late night reading makes perfect sense. Maybe there is a great deal at your local furniture store or maybe your aunt gave you a couple of her old ones. Whether you are wondering what to do with your spare nightstand or want to think of unusual ways to shake up your decorating with nightstands, take a look at these five different uses for bedroom nightstands.
Whether you use a small table and only keep a clock and a lamp on it or pick one with several drawers and shelves and fill them up, having a nightstand will cut down on complication in your morning routine. If you have a large bedroom, you may even want to have two nightstands to fill the space.
The origin of the nightstand is sadly unromantic. In the days before indoor toilet facilities, many households had cabinets beside the bed to enclose a chamber pot for use during the night, hence original night stands all feature a cupboard. Modern night stands, in contrast, may consist of drawers, shelves, or simply a surface designed to hold a clock, bedside lamp and glass of water.
Bedrooms cry out for full extravagant window treatments; decorative drapes and matching valance can be added to functional, blackout curtains, and should be full length if possible. If privacy is a problem a bottom layer of sheers is essential, but if not substitute a sheer balloon blind for a romantic look, a roman blind made of lace if you're looking for something ultra feminine, a plain roman blind for something more masculine or a full, swagged Austrian blind for total extravagance.
There are some nightstands that do not have drawers but are wide open tables with a rack or two built underneath the solid table top. Nightstands of these types are usually metallic and designed for both aesthetic beauty and utility. Many prefer these types of nightstands as the items placed on them can be easily retrieved when they are needed by the user. The designs of the nightstands depend primarily on the appearance of the bed and the preferential habits of the user. For example, those who like to have late or midnight snacks should go for designs that use nightstands as coffee tables.
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