Raise your hand if you've ever felt personally victimized by nightstand shopping. (Yep, our hands are up too.) For some reason, this seemingly innocuous piece of furniture is the one thing we can't seem to commit to. With so much of the average human's life spent in bed, it seems absolutely necessary that a nightstand be both practical and stylish, sophisticated but not too fussy, memorable but not flashy enough to inhibit the main purpose of a bedroom (that is, sleep). Oh, and budget-friendly, on top of all that. It can feel like a herculean task to find a piece that ticks all the boxes, so we end up perching our reading glasses and coffee mugs on top of ever-shifting piles of magazines and even an errant piece of luggage until we find The One.
All that ends now. We've rounded up 11 cute nightstands that fit the bill for your bedside space — without breaking the bank. Whether your style is more traditional or Cali-cool, midcentury or minimalist, there's something on this list for you (and it'll cost you less than that fancy night cream you keep forgetting to put on before bed). Scroll on to see our favorite picks, and never knock over a water glass on your 2AM trip to the bathroom ever again.
Smart, sturdy, and suitable for minimalists, a solid pine cube with an oak veneer provides an appealing cubby for your latest book club reads.
A godsend for smaller spaces, this more traditional, Shaker-inspired style has a drawer for all of your bedside essentials and is finished in a versatile blue-grey shade that feels timeless.
Metal mesh lends an unexpectedly light and airy feel to this occasional table, which would pair just as nicely with a midcentury-inspired space as with an industrial one.
For the boho set, Urban Outfitters' Wyatt nightstand in a mango wood finish brings an eclectic vibe to your bedside — and its unique silhouette looks Instagram-ready.
In a trendy grey-green hue, this locker-inspired chest is a perfect balance of style and storage for those who haven't quite mastered the KonMari method yet.
Solid wood dowel legs and neutral-toned steel come together to create a sleek midcentury profile that could benefit any room of the house — not just the bedroom — and looks like it cost double the price.
A gold-toned, bamboo-inspired drawer pull lends a worldly vibe to this chic side table.
Midcentury lines that will never go out of style + two roomy drawers for those who want everything close-at-hand at night = an instant fave.
Technically designed for kids, this Crate&Barrel side table would add an appropriately glam touch to grown-up bedrooms, too. Just replace the snuggly stuffed animals with a peaceful plant.
There's still time to jump on the rattan trend — and we think this stately side table might just be the perfect way to do it.
If you're outfitting a guest room (or you're just really good at living without a junk drawer by your side), these striking cane side tables can provide a pretty perch for the bare essentials ... while imparting tons of character and Jungalow vibes.
Emily Bihl is a freelance writer and sometimes-songwriter who can invariably be found rearranging furniture in a domicile somewhere along the Mississippi River. She lives with her black labrador Selkie and a small army of homemade ceramics, and has not willingly closed a browser tab since 2011.