Five Ways: Bedside

Our bedside tables are good enough. They are Ikea, which means cheap pine and a faux dark finish that’s starting to wear away along the edges but they’re good enough. They hold our alarm clock and our lamps. Usually, mine is stacked with books and covered with receipts and change from the depths of the Husbands pockets. See that notebook there? The kitty likes to chew on it in the middle of the night and run high-level experiments with gravity and my glasses.
Even though what we have is technically good enough, and even though I’m not maniacally planning a make-over for our bedroom any time soon, I still think about how I could change this up every so often.
For example, if we had the space, I would love to replace both of them with full-on dressers, with useful drawers to store all manner of things like miscellaneous junk and fresh sheets. Just imagine the mess I could spread out on my bedside table if I had that much surface area!
Or, suitcases. I always think this is a delightfully whimsical option and, when I walked past a pile of old suitcases that one of our neighbours was throwing out last week, I thought about bringing a couple home with me. They look like fun! But really? They don’t seem like particularly practical storage. How are you supposed to get in them easily without dismantling your pile and dislodging whatever you’ve placed on top to compliment its whim?
I always admire people who can use an actual little table for their bedside table. No little cupboards to sweep everything into when things get too chaotic. No hideaways for the little things you don’t necessarily want to show off to the world. So clean, so neat, so pretty, all the time. I love them, but nope – not for me.
Bookcases would be perfect, I think, though. We’re struggling with storage space for all my books to begin with. This would just solve everything. 

What do you have beside your bed?

0 thoughts on “Five Ways: Bedside

  1. I have that bedside table in white in my living room beside my chair…holds nail polish, my ipad, chargers, cameras..all the stuff a gal needs.

  2. Very cute ideas! I just have a little floating shelf because I have zero room for a bedside table. I love the bookcases, but it doesnt seem very practical for storing bedside stuff- maybe if you built one of the shelves out a foot?

  3. I love beds surrounded by bookcases!

    The suitcase thing is cute, but I think the same as you…how the heck do you get to anything without it becoming a production?

  4. I have a ceramic pitcher next to my bed. I put it there because it just didn't have a place anywhere else in the house. I use it to stuff receipts, change, and tags off clothing! Then when it gets full I just clean it out! And I have a lil' brass duck of course ๐Ÿ˜‰ It's a paperweight for my home magazines.

  5. We currently have Ikea side tables (the Rast ones that everyone was hacking awhile back), but I would love to do beautiful old three-drawer dressers. In this bedroom we have the room so now it's just a matter of finding something I like and getting A's buy-in on the change.

  6. I love the Rast ikea dressers. We stained ours and added cuter knobs. I really should clear out some drawers to store extra sheets in, instead of whatever junk I have in the bedroom.

  7. I love that one with the blue and yellow and bronzy zebra print. Lovely. I totally agree with you… Where is the storage in these gorgeous interior designs?! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Beside my bed is a stack of diapers and wipes for those late night baby diaper changes, a pile of books collecting dust (free time means sleep time these days!), and my answering machine that's been blinking for three months telling me that it's full– guess I don't have time to check my messages either… Love your inspiration pictures! And thanks for saying hi on my blog!!

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