When we made over our farmhouse master bedroom recently, we thought outside the nightstand box and chose two Bray Accent Cabinets from The Brick. Here are 5 tips for choosing non-traditional nightstands.
We recently made over our suburban home’s master bedroom in a cozy farmhouse style to go with the rest of our house …and we LOVE it! In case you’ve missed any of that, you can catch up with all the posts that went into the makeover below:
- Master Bedroom Makeover Plans
- Choosing a Paint Color for Our Master Bedroom
- Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom Makeover Reveal
All caught up? Great! Now let’s talk about what we chose for nightstands and why. Plus 5 tips for choosing non-traditional nightstands, in case you want to get creative in your own space!
Using Bray Accent Cabinets from The Brick as Nightstands + 5 Tips for Choosing Non-Traditional Nightstands
For our master bedroom nightstands, we wanted something large enough to fill the space we have and to command a presence in our large bedroom. But we also wanted to think a little outside the box too.
You don’t have to use traditional nightstands as bedside tables. Try small chests of drawers, shelves, cabinets or tables.
We didn’t necessarily want to choose standard nightstands. They tend to be a bit on the small side – or they cost a small fortune for ‘oversized’ ones. Plus, I’m really not a matchy-matchy girl (I like symmetry, though). We LOVE our new bed and dresser, but having everything the same finish and identical style would have been too much for me in one room.
Your nightstands don’t have to match your bed, dresser, or even each other!
We thought about using other small dressers or chests of drawers as nightstands. But that wasn’t quite right for this space right now either.
So, what did we choose?
We chose two Bray Accent Cabinets in Antique Ivory from The Brick, one for each side of the bed.
The Bray Cabinet also comes in a GORGEOUS antique blue and a lovely antique grey finish. (I’m thinking the antique blue one may just find its way into our house somewhere! Maybe in the downstairs bathroom or guest bedroom? Decisions for a later date. 😉)
The Bray Accent Cabinets are beautifully finished with a distressed look and three large shelves inside. There’s plenty of room for books and mementos, as well as practical bedside items as well.
Choose bedside tables that fit your space well, while providing all the storage you need. As a general rule, nightstands should be about the height of your mattress, and no deeper than 24 inches.*
*Our cabinets are slightly higher than our mattress because we have a low-profile box spring.
We really like the white finish on the cabinets because it helps to counter the dark finish on the Calistoga bed and dresser, which we love but realize could look dark and heavy pretty quickly without lighter items in the room. The antique white also coordinates well with the electric fireplace, which we brought with us from our old house’s living room.
The multi-pane glass doors are the perfect nod to the large rectangular panels on the bed and the panel molding on the walls. This look may be a bit busy in a smaller space, but definitely cozies up our large bedroom.
Of course, those beautiful glass doors also mean that everything inside the cabinets is visible.
Don’t dismiss furniture you love, just because it’s not the perfect solution as is. There are always work-arounds.
This is lovely if you want to display mementos, or other pretty things. But when you want to do that as well as have a place to store your very un-pretty chapstick, bobby pins and hand cream, not so much!
To solve this, we added some wire baskets with canvas liners to corral all the things and keep the cabinets from looking messy. Then we just stacked our books and added a couple of pretty items inside the cabinets. This configuration could always be changed and moved around for different looks too!
Our new cabinets’ generous sizing also leaves plenty of space for displaying collections of family photos and other art on top. By propping the frames against the wall, the groupings look relaxed and casual, which is perfect anywhere, but in the bedroom, it’s especially so.
Always leave enough space on your bedside tables for things you need, in addition to any pretties you display. For Dean and I, that’s a place to set our glasses and to charge our cell phones.
I’m really looking forward to using and styling these cabinets over time and through the seasons!
Do you have traditional nightstands in your master bedroom? Or have you tried something a little outside the box too?