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20 Narrow Bedside Tables for Small Bedrooms

small nightstands for small bedrooms round-up

Ever since we wrapped up Regan’s big vintage bed switcheroo, I have been on the hunt for the perfect narrow bedside tables to fit on either side of her bed. I *think* I’ve finally found a winner.

The bedrooms in our house aren’t spacious by any means, so we’ve had to get creative over the years finding small nightstands to make the most of our space and friends’ spaces. (I don’t know about you, but if I have to choose, I’d rather have a big bed to sprawl out in alongside a slim bedside table.)

spindle vintage style wood bed pink bedding and cottagecore decor

So I pulled together 20 favorite skinny nightstands to work in small bedrooms as well as some nightstand ideas to help make the most of your space, if you have the same challenge in your home.

Nightstand Ideas

diy cane nightstand

1. Replace Glass Doors in Nightstands

Conceal clutter in behind glass doors in nightstands by replacing the glass with cane webbing. It takes just a few minutes and is an inexpensive way to create a new look.

Tutorial: DIY Cane Nightstand Makeover

whitewashed bedside table

2. Change the Hardware

It’s so easy to add a little of your own style to a basic nightstand by simply replacing the plain knob or pull with one that makes a statement.

Related: Best Places to Buy Furniture Hardware and Kitchen Cabinet Pulls

short nightstand with a charging station

3. Keep Charging Capability in Mind

We got these nightstands for Olivia’s room that has a compartment in the back to run a power strip with a USB port as a device charging station.

If your nightstand doesn’t have a hidden compartment for running power cords, simply place a power strip inside of the top drawer and drill a hole with a hole saw bit in the back of a nightstand to run a cord to an outlet behind the bed.

Related: Swedish Cottage Bedroom Decorating Ideas & Girl’s Room Tour

small nightstand storage hack using a basket on a shelf to hide clutter

4. Keep a Basket Underneath

If you need extra storage in a nightstand that has an open shelf, place a basket inside instead to conceal clutter.

Related: Bedroom Decor Ideas That Feel Like a Spa Retreat

using a living room end table as a nightstand

5. Search for Living Room End Tables

Sometimes I have better luck finding a narrow bedside table that works better for a bedroom when searching for end tables in the living room category. Since our guest bedroom really doesn’t require much storage, this end table worked perfectly.

Related: 38 Essentials for the Perfect Guest Bedroom

using a stool beside a bed for a skinny bedside table in a temporary guest bedroom with an air mattress

6. Use a Stool

Especially in a temporary bedroom, like what we set up on our home office using an air mattress, it helps to use a stool as a makeshift nightstand. But it works well in a regular small bedroom too, if you’re very limited on space.

Related: Office Guest Room Ideas for a Cozy Temporary Sleeping Space

20 Favorite Small Nightstands

If you have a small bedroom, here are my top 20 favorite narrow nightstands that still make a statement.

20 small nightstands for small bedrooms

Do you have any other nightstand tricks you’ve figured out in your own home?

I finally found the perfect nightstand for Regan’s room on Facebook Marketplace, and I can’t wait to get started on painting it! More on that later though.

Small Bedroom Decorating Ideas

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7 Comments

  1. I need a small night stand for a different reason- my bedroom is very large, but not symmetric. Based on bed placement to make it feel as symmetric as possible, I have very limited space on my side of the bed. This list is so helpful!

  2. I have very high antique beds in my house. The majority of new nightstands are just too low. I have had success finding vintage oak square tables with turned legs. They paint or refinish nicely and must have two shelves.

    1. The fluid look of the high antique beds through out the home is lovely. I am glad you have been able to find tables to look nice with them.

  3. Hi. Iā€™m trying to get the affiliate names of the small night stands but when I click on the picture it only allows me to pin it. Do you have a listing?