Styling the Nightstand of Your Dreams

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While it’s a small piece of furniture, a carefully curated nightstand is an essential part of any bedroom. More than just a place to rest your phone and glasses at night, it presents a golden opportunity to showcase your personality. Whether you want to keep your nightstand minimal and clean, or love having your favorite books and accessories at arm’s reach, these tips will help you make the most of this bedroom staple.

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The Rule of Three

Before styling your nightstand, consider the rule of three. In interior design, the rule of three refers to using three or an odd number of objects to create a balanced and visually pleasing arrangement. For example, a lamp, a stack of books, and a framed photo will look more complete than just two items. When using the rule of three, be sure to vary the height, texture, and scale of your items to create more interest. To keep your grouping cohesive, you can choose a color palette or design style that ties them together.


There is one item that all nightstands need: light. Start with your lamp, because more often than not, it is going to be the largest item on your nightstand. When choosing a lamp for your nightstand, consider the size and scale of your nightstand, as well as the overall design of your room. For example, if your nightstand is on the smaller side, you might opt for a small table lamp like our Joan Crystal Table Lamp or a wall sconce. You’ll also want to think about the color, and how the lamp and lampshade complements the other elements in your room.

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Add Your Essentials + Personal Items

What else do you absolutely need at your bedside besides a lamp? Gather items like books, a tray for jewelry, a coaster, and your phone charging station. Add these to your nightstand and then sprinkle in treasures that spark joy. These might include framed photos, a candle, or a small sculptural object. No need to overcrowd your nightstand, though – just a few of these items will be enough to make a statement, plus you want to have plenty of space for your water glass at night.


There is nothing more cheerful than having fresh flowers or a houseplant on your nightstand when you wake up. Switching out your flowers every week requires some upkeep, but having that pop of color and fresh scent is well worth it to create a bedroom environment that makes you happy.

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A lot of nightstands have drawers that can be used for storage, but if you choose one with openings or a large open space at the bottom, you’ve got to make the most of it. We recommend stylish baskets, although fabric-covered bins can also look chic. Corral items like magazines, beauty products, tech gadgets, chargers and more in your baskets. They’ll help you keep your essentials organized and hidden while still being easily accessible.

Curate Your Perfect Nightstand at GDC

Styling a nightstand is a great opportunity to express your personality and create a functional nook that reflects you. At our home furniture stores, we have a variety of nightstands in various styles and sizes as well as bedroom decor and accessories that will enhance your sleep space. Visit us today and discover all you need to transform your bedroom into a peaceful and inviting sleep haven.

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Conrad Nightstand with storage

Conrad Nightstand

Matched in grandeur by proportions both sensible and modern, the Conrad Nightstand will truly illuminate whatever space it’s in.

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Wooden Nightstand with storage

Lindsey Nightstand

Straightforward silhouettes let the vibrant pattern of the Lindsey’s veneer finish become the focus of this nightstand.

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dark wood side table with storage

UNF847350 Night Table

One drawer; Open display shelf; Metal frame

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light wood side table three tiered

2 Shelf Side Table

Simple two-shelf side table

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