Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Bedside Tables

While decorating a bedroom, the bed is the most important feature. Equally important as the bed are the bedside tables or night stands. Any bedroom would be incomplete without at least one bedside table. In addition to being functional, bedside tables boost the aesthetics of the room. They anchor the bed, and it doesn't look like its just floating about in the room. Bedside tables are very useful pieces of bedroom furniture since they provide you with a space to place an alarm clock, lamp, glasses or just a place to store your books. So choosing the right bedside table for your bedroom among today’s numerous designs can be a daunting task.
  • Start by measuring the height of your bed. A common mistake to avoid is to pair up the bed with a bedside table that is either too high or too low. The top of the bedside table should be just about in line with your mattress, or a few inches taller. Scale is important. Choose bedside tables that work with the size of the bed; the headboard and the space available in the room. A common mistake people make is to buy tables that are too skimpy. A perfectly positioned bedside table, the same height of the bed, adds a pleasing look to your bedroom. A king size bed requires tables that are 20" - 40" wide. Although a large bedside table will fit all of your things, remember to find one that won't extend more than 24 inches from the wall, because anything deeper will get in the way of hopping in and out of bed.
  •    Decide how much you really need to keep by your bedside and choose either a one or two drawer table, or use a bedside table with a shelf. Usually a two drawer is enough storage to keep your books, glasses, remote controls, phones and chargers etc. When choosing a finish that's best for you, make sure to consider its maintenance. If you keep a water glasses or a carafe close to you through out the night, a solid wood piece may not be the best choice, as liquids can ruin the surface. Also to be noted, a shiny finish like lacquer or mirror will need to be wiped down for fingerprints and smudges more regularly that a matte table. When shopping, keep your lifestyle in mind, so your new table will continue to look great.
  •   Don't stick to the square or rectangle shapes. If space permits, you can use round tables as well.
  •  A common question that I get asked very often is that do the two tables  have to match? Absolutely not!! You can have two different types of bedside tables. In fact a beautiful example of a mismatch is where you place a bedside table on one side and a small chest on the other. If you find two separate tables you really love, use them! If you want the room to look coordinated put matching lamps on each of the tables and it will help tie the two looks together, provided the height of both the tables is the same. Of course, for a uniform look feel free to use traditional pairs.
  • When it comes to accessorizing bedside tables keep it simple. A lamp, a clock and maybe a small vase of flowers or a photo frame is all you need. Remember that bedside tables are meant to be practical.
  •  When space is a challenge, use small pieces or you can push the bed along the wall on one side and have a normal sized bed table on just one side. Not enough room for a table at all? Install a shelf just big enough for an alarm clock, book and glass or water. If your table is too small to place a table lamp install wall sconce to free up space.
  • Be adventurous and think out of the box. If you don't want a boring matchy-matchy formal bedroom, you can use a lot of other things that can act as a bedside table. One such favourite among designers is a stack of vintage suitcases. For a rustic d├ęcor, attaching peeled logs together once cut to a standard length makes a very interesting bedside table too.


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