10 best bedside tables
Pop a lamp or book beside your bed on a design classic
With living space at a premium, you may not have the luxury of a dedicated bedside table, let alone two. In smaller spaces, a simple side table can be a good alternative nightstand.
There’s often more choice, a lower price and the opportunity to make a bit of a statement. These can also be multifunctional pieces that work all around the home.
If you can’t live with your bedside essentials being on display, or like to keep lots of items by the bedside, a traditional cabinet – or two-drawer chest – may still be the best option.
Cylindrical units, or round tops on tripod legs, work well in small spaces and look less bulky. Look for practical elements that make the table easy to use and care for, less likely to scratch and mean it can cope with spills from drinks.
Ercol Teramo Bedside Cabinet: £335, barkerandstonehouse.co.uk
British manufacturer Ercol has been making wood furniture since 1920. Its pieces are at the top of the price range but are among the best crafted and will last well.
The Teramo is simple but has a beautiful natural finish to its solid oak and veneer panels. The tapered legs – curved underside to the top – and oval handles are details that feel great to the touch.
Curved Terrace Bedside Table: £199, westelm.co.uk
This elegant bedside table from West Elm has a curving metal frame and mirrored glass top and shelf. It is visually lightweight compared to a wooden cabinet to make for a less bulky alternative.
The splayed legs have mid-century style without looking too retro and the antique brass finish makes it a good match for all types of décor. The lower shelf is handy for storing books.
Kartell Componibili 2-Tier Unit: £77, utilitydesign.co.uk
A much-loved Italian design classic from 1969. You can use Componibili to add a dash of colour to your bedroom, or go more subtle with white or black. There are versions with more compartments, but the two-tier one makes an excellent bedside table.
The cylindrical body and sliding doors are ABS plastic, making it suitable for the bathroom, too. The storage is hidden but easily accessed.
Terrazzo Table With Black Structure: £89.99, zarahome.com
Most commonly used for floors and tiles, the Terrazzo is enjoying a moment in homes and interiors. It is made of stone chips set within a binder, and comes in a huge number of varieties by type, colour and size of stone.
Zara’s table matches a circular Terrazzo top with a modern black frame, for an affordable version of the designer look. There’s a smaller version too, for £69.99.
Randall Bedside Table: £169, swooneditions.com
Three drawers in different colours give the Randall table character. It comes in different colours and variations but the blues and mango wood body of this one are particularly striking.
The Randall offers good storage, with three different drawer depths. It’s a pleasure to use too, with cut-out handles and smooth drawer runners. The upstand helps prevent small items falling off the back.
Burford Painted 3-Drawer Dedside Cabinet: £99, cotswoldco.com
The skirted bottom, profiled drawer fronts and slight overhang of the tabletop are all familiar details that make this table a good match for a traditional, country look.
The Burford cabinet – which comes in a white or natural finish – has three roomy drawers and chunky round handles. A mix of solid pine and composite wood keep it affordable but it has a quality finish to the joinery.
Janik Wire Cage Bedside Table: £100, laredoute.co.uk
The sculptural shape, metal wire and brilliant gold finish of the Janik make it a real head turner. Next to layers of soft bedding or an upholstered bed, the clean lines of this table are a good contrast.
With no storage and only a small circular top, it’s more of a nightstand than a table though, and may not suit if you like lots of items by the bedside. It comes in copper, white and black versions too.
Sienna Bedside Table: £295, featherandblack.com
The weathered oak finish of this simple bedside table makes it look like it’s been in your house forever.
The curved legs and scalloped top are references to the French antique style, but the pared-back design and small metal handle are suited to modern tastes.
The tabletop is 50cm wide, giving a good amount of space, and the drawer is handy. There’s a matching range of furniture too.
Stay Table: £190, normann-copenhagen.com
No material or space is wasted on the cool and contemporary Stay. It has a bent steel base fixed to a thin oval-shaped top, and braced with a central shelf. With a weight of just 7.5kg, it can be easily moved around as needed.
The base and shelf make a good home for books and essentials, and help the piece stay stable.
Bellagio 2-Drawer Bedside Cabinet: £69, very.co.uk
Very’s Bellagio table has a polished mirror front and jewel-effect handles for some bedside bling. The two drawers are handy, a good size and fitted with easy-glide runners.
The quality of the veneer finish on the particleboard isn’t the best but is decent for the price. The frame comes in black or white and there’s a matching range for the full dazzling effect.
Verdict: Best Bedside Tables
Ercol’s table is well made and of superior quality. There are more fashionable designs out there, but this one will stand the test of time. Its spacious, hidden storage is handy for keeping the bedside clutter-free.
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