There are so many other furnishings or objects you can use as a place to set a drink or keep the alarm clock – and some won’t cost you a cent because they’re already around the house!
I love the way the owner of this pretty, cottage-style bedroom (photo from Better Homes & Gardens) dispensed with tables all together and mounted a shelf next to the bed. It provides space for a clock and more and the baskets underneath add even more function.
In the photo below from MyHomeIdeas.com, a wooden stool flanks a gorgeous sofa. It’s a great spot for this colorful, glass lamp.
Or how about the photo below, also from BHG. The owner actually mounted a pair of drums to serve as bedside tables. Now that’s creative!
OK. I admit it. Most people don’t have drums sitting around. But I’ll bet you’ve got a spare chair – or you can pick one up at the thrift store. Again, there’s plenty of space for a clock and a lamp and you can hang your robe on the back.
In the photo at right, a set of old luggage is used as a great bedside table.
Look around your home for other options. You might even try a couple boxes with a piece of fabric or blanket over them.
When I wanted to try something new in my living room (see below), I stacked up some attractive hardback books to make a side table for a new chair. I love the look and it shows off some books that would otherwise be in storage. (Yep, I really need some bookcases!)
Finally, here are a couple more idea, although both involve table-like objects.
In the BHG photo at left, TV trays serve as side tables for a loveseat. The bright orange paint is perfect! In the photo at right, a desk is used as a bedside table. It’s so functional and makes a great decor statement.