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10 Alternative Bedside Table Solutions

Recently I’ve been on the hunt for a bedside table and have slowly been collecting images for inspiration.  We have a small space to fit something in, and currently are using one of my husband’s guitar amps.  So I think it’s about time we grew up and get something a little more appropriate, but although I am fond of the traditional, I always like to explore alternatives, so here’s 10 ideas that I thought were worth sharing. Do you have a solution that’s not shown? Would love to hear! Check them out below.

  • Tree Stump Stand 1 of 10
    Tree Stump Stand
    A cosy cabin bed nestled up to a tree stump. Photo by Stacey Brandford for House and Home.
    From houseandhome.com.
  • Modern Scandinavian Stool 2 of 10
    Modern Scandinavian Stool
    A clever set up using a stool while pairing it up with a plywood headboard and hanging lamp.
    Image via Poppytalk (Photos by Stacey Brandford for House and Home).
  • A Chair 3 of 10
    A Chair
    A simple chair looks like it fits perfectly in this setting (note the basket underneath for storage).
    Image Poppytalk. (Photo by for Angus Fergusson for House and Home).
  • A Rustic Stool 4 of 10
    A Rustic Stool
    A rustic bedside stand from Vosges Paris mixed with modern accessories and bed linens.
    Image via Remodelista.
  • Wooden Baskets 5 of 10
    Wooden Baskets
    Two stacked wooden baskets with lids create a quaint sidetable in a stylish Polish home.
    Image via Decor8. (Photo by Joanna "Asia" Gwis)..
  • Built-In Shelf 6 of 10
    Built-In Shelf
    A shelf is built into this cottage spare bedroom to serve twin beds using plywood.
    Image via Poppytalk (Photos by Stacey Brandford for House and Home).
  • Step it Up! 7 of 10
    Step it Up!
    A ladder, a basket and a paper bag all fit together nicely in this little vignette.
    From Likainen Parketti.
  • An Old Trunk 8 of 10
    An Old Trunk
    An old trunk is a great little substitute for a bedside table.
    From Likainen Parketti.
  • Magazine Stack 9 of 10
    Magazine Stack
    A stack of magazines are wrapped with a belt for an endtable. From the home of Helsinki stylist Susanna Ventu.
    Photo via Petra Bindell.
  • Shelf-Turned-Bedside Table 10 of 10
    Shelf-Turned-Bedside Table
    A reclaimed-wood plank is supported by sturdy cast-metal brackets in a DIY.
    From Martha Stewart.

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Jan is the co-founder of Poppytalk, a blog about the beautiful, the decayed and the handmade and Poppytalk Handmade, an online curated marketplace. Follow her on Twitter , Facebook and Pinterest!


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