Per­fect bed­side manners

Get th­ese hard­work­ing lit­tle tables right in time for bed, writes Robyn Wil­lis

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - STYLE - Robyn.wil­lis@news.com.au­rob

Sleep ex­perts of­ten warn about the im­pact of hav­ing a clut­tered bed­room if you’re hop­ing to get a solid eight hours of shut-eye per night.

But while it makes sense to keep fur­ni­ture to a min­i­mum, most of us could not do with­out a bed­side ta­ble. Whether you’re a reader look­ing for some­where to po­si­tion a lamp and a book, or you need a place for your alarm clock and a glass of water, hav­ing some sort of ta­ble by the bed just makes sense.

Tabling ideas

Apart from your choice of bed, the tables ei­ther side of it will de­ter­mine the style of your room more than any other piece of fur­ni­ture.

Lovers of the eco luxe look might opt for a solid tim­ber stool while those look­ing for a lit­tle old-world glam­our could choose a mir­rored set of d draw­ers. If that feels too for­mal for your style, you could go with a stack of cof­fee ta­ble books or even a small step lad­der.

Although it’s easy to be se­duced by the var var­i­ous styles of bed­side tables avail­able, it’s wo worth con­sid­er­ing the prac­ti­cal­i­ties.

If you’re rent­ing and on the move every cou cou­ple of years, some­thing light­weight might be your best choice. How­ever, if you’re try­ing to keep the clut­ter to a min­i­mum, a bed­side tab ta­ble with a set of draw­ers could be the go.

Think­ing about how you use your bed­room sho should also help shape your de­ci­sion. If you enj en­joy a morn­ing cup of tea, you’ll need enough spa space for it to rest com­fort­ably.

But if you have a ten­dency to work in bed, ma make sure there’s room for a charger for all you your de­vices. Bet­ter still, check out the new No Nordli wire­less charger tables avail­able from Ike Ikea where you can charge your de­vice just by res rest­ing it on your bed­side while you sleep.

For those who like to binge watch their fav favourite TV se­ries from the com­fort of the bed bed, save a spot for the re­mote or the iPad.

Malm chest of draw­ers, $129, from Ikea, ikea.com.au.

Crys­tal three-drawer bed­side ta­ble, $269, from Fan­tas­tic Fur­ni­ture, fan­tas­tic­fur­ni­ture.com.au.

Klop stool made from re­cy­cled teak, $389, from Vavoom Em­po­rium, vavoom.com.au

Bed­side pocket, $29.95, from Gy­rofish, gy­rofish.com.au

Ovela Scandi style bed­side ta­ble with three draw­ers, $99, from Ko­gan, ko­gan.com

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