Monday, May 7, 2012

Rethinking the Nightstand: Five Creative Alternatives to the Standard Bedside Table

Hey all!

Here's your first taste of what "The Girl in 25B" is all about! I hope you like what I've come up with. Stay tuned for more to come soon!!!

College dorm rooms aren't always spacious enough to accommodate a lot of extra furniture (other than what has already been provided by the school). In this case, we're going to consider the bedside table or nightstand. Would we love to have a nightstand that stands alone as its own exquisite piece furniture? Absolutely! However, a lot of times there just isn't enough room for one. Not only that, but buying a whole new piece of furniture can put a serious whole in the college student's already tight (okay, very tight) budget. Annoying, right? Not to worry! There are some great solutions out there that are perfect alternatives to the standard nightstand or bedside table. I've listed a few below...

                                                                     From BHG

I have to admit, this little light pink metal rolling cart has been the object of my obsession for quite some time (which I think is totally justifiable, I mean look at it -- it's adorable!)  It's a simple enough item, just a basic metal rolling cart, painted light pink and outfitted with accessories. In this case, it's being used as a "mobile home office" (which is a great idea too), but, for our purposes, let's imagine it as a bedside table. On the top shelf you can put a pretty lamp (one that's perfect when placed next to a bed for reading and lounging), you're trusty alarm clock and perhaps one or two books that you've been reading recently. The bottom two shelves can be used for storage -- I love their ideas of using a vintage suitcase to store some of your stuff. But you know what makes this cart perfect? It rolls! The fact that you can move it around means you have almost infinite possibilities in how you can arrange your room. Need to open up that space for another use? Want to change the look of your room? No problem, just roll that little cart somewhere else in the room and you're good to go!

                                                          From Apartment Therapy

Here's another example of a colorful little rolling cart that works as a useful piece of "furniture".

I'm also a big fan of the idea of having an ottoman used for a nightstand. It can be used for two different purposes -- a cute little place to sit for a friend that stops by your room, as well as a piece that you can pile stuff on top of if you're only in need of a few essential items every night (note: this is a much more casual look and won't appeal to everyone, as you'd have to come up with some source of light, like a standing lamp). Ideally, the ottoman would have a lid and work as a storage unit as well, though that is now what's pictured above. I believe that there are many stores that make these ottomans though, so please leave a comment if you know more about where you can get one!

Here's an example of a pretty standing lamp that is perfect for if you're using an ottoman as a nightstand or if you'd simply rather not put a lamp on whatever you plan on using for a nightstand.

If you want to go super simple, then you can always go with the standard chair, like the one pictured above. The fact that it provides a flat surface for your lamp (if so desired), alarm clock, books, or plant even (I like the cute little one that's showed in the picture). The chair in the picture is pretty standard and has a look and shape that's easy to find when looking for furniture (especially on the cheap).

I'm adding this last one because, even though I'd imagine that this would be hard to pull off in an actual dorm room (as you'd need to be able to drill nails into the wall, which most schools don't allow), it's, well….really cute! If you have the ability to drill nails in the wall at your apartment complex and are short on space, than I would seriously take a look at this look: just take a pail, paint it your desired color, get a pretty hook to hang on it, drill it into the wall, and voila! You're good to go!

Alright, that's all for this post, but don't worry -- I'll be back for more really soon! Thanks for stopping by!

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