If your nightstand is nothing more than a lonely graveyard of forgotten items, remotes and an outdated alarm clock, it's time you assembled a bedside table that's more considered. Whether it's a proper stand, a tray table or a tree stump, a few key essentials will ensure you feel like a grown up when getting in and out of bed. Keep the pieces within your own style, but here are some suggestions to get you started.
With an easy on/off pull chain and a cotton shade, this bronze lamp's small footprint leaves plenty of tabletop space.
$45, at Target
Pen & Paper
For recording those seemingly brilliant post-dream ideas, a moleskine notebook with a matching streamlined pen.
Pen and notebook, $10 each by Moleskine
Most of us use our phones for alarm clocks. Why not invoke midcentury design and recharge your phone at the same time?
$30, at Areaware
There are some things you want on hand that you don't need people to see. Stash them in here and they're none the wiser.
$30, at CB2
Whether you're lighting the fires of romance or just trying to improve the aroma of your bedroom, you can't go wrong with a subtly scented candle.
$26, by Sydney Hale
Get a succulent. They look nice, barely require any water and unlike other plants, give off oxygen at night as well as during the day.
$20, at 1-800-Flowers