Bedside tables are furnishing elements for the night area and they are almost always placed next to the bed. They allow to keep useful or necessary belongings at hand even when chilling, before falling asleep or right after waking up. They can be chosen either for mere decorating purposes or to add a personal touch to one of the most important rooms of the house, in our every-day-routine. There are countless beside tables models that can contribute to the final aesthetic result of an interior design project. Thanks to such an amazing variety one can choose from the most diverse ideas and styles, based on different sizes, materials, colors and finishes. It is not compulsory, for instance to combine modern bedside tables with the rest of the room furniture, what makes it possible to put in place creative combinations, chromatic and materiel contrasts.
Shapes and materials. Bedside tables decorate the night area
Wood and metal are among the most sought-after materials for the night area. Chrome-plated finishes, lacquered wood panels and stain steel details, all provide for the success of a bedroom furnishing project. The choice will basically depend on the atmosphere desired for this area of the house.
A wood bedside table certainly sweeps away all issues. According to the essence chosen it will match all styles, from the more classic to the more modern ones. For those eager to experiment, the market offers a huge variety of materials; glass, plastic and even cement-based materials; each of them allows to make up a truly special style for your room. Besides materials, it is important to choose the shape that most appropriately adapts to the spaces structure.
The most exclusive round-shaped bedside tables are often integrated in projects with a modern flair, bringing a new and original vibe to the room design. Such extravagant models accommodate well in the kids’ and guests’ room. Design bedside stands of this kind feature innovative and versatile materials, are typically finished with eccentric hues or metallic tones and could easily be moved to other areas of the house. The more ordinary rectangular wood bedside tables, with their straight, clean and balanced lines, are more commonly present in bedrooms with a more classic style, but can definitely be revamped with a modern twist to fit any style requirements. Rarer but of a granted impact are square bedside tables, more compact as for proportions, but always practical and easy to place.
How to choose the most suitable bedside table for a room
No doubt that the size of the available space is the first aspect that should be taken into account when deciding to furbish an area of the house like the bedroom. To this purpose, the world of bedroom furnishing opens to a series of very interesting solutions among which it will be easy to find the one that best matches your needs. If your bedroom is particularly spacious there will be no problem in choosing the shape and size you like.
Another factor to be considered is undoubtedly functionality. Night tables will therefore not only have to be eye-catchy, but also and especially practical to use. An original option could be bedside tables with castors. Thanks to these accessories you will have the opportunity to move this tiny piece of furniture in any corner of the room so to always have a container or surface where to put everything you need in our daily routine.
Space-saving bedside tables between functionality and innovation
Why should you deny yourself the comfort of having a night table next to your bed if your bedroom is too small? Today there are countless solutions allowing to best arrange the space without giving up on any treats. Saving-space bedside tables are an indispensable contribution in this sense; tiny, essential elements that with a pinch of wit and imagination can become central objects in a bedroom. You will only need to put aside the idea of standard dimensions and opt for small-sized, itty-bitty units that can accommodate a book or small objects. Very intriguing as an idea, bedside tables with built-in light do not require any extra space for the reading lamp. The perfect solution for those seeking originality and comfort at the same time, are with no doubt suspended bedside tables, a peculiar interpretation of the traditional version of this complement with a minimal twist. Suspended models come in a variety of shapes, materials and colors and can add personality to the dullest wall.
Bedside tables in history. From ancient times, to our days
The roots of the use of bedside tables as a furnishing element where to put our most intimate and personal every-day-use belongings are to be found in the France of the XVIlI century. The French term “commode”, meaning comfortable or handy, has evolved over time passing through the Latin word “commodus”, to translate into the nomenclatures that many Latin-derived languages still use today to call this complement.
Originally, night tables used to be larger in size and were not necessarily positioned on the bed sides. It was only during the Renaissance that this complement started taking the appearance we know at present. From Luis XVI’s Rococo period, bedside tables went across an important transformation; the concept of functionality was bypassed and this piece of furniture took a primarily decorative purpose; the legs and drawers started brimming with ornaments and artistic details typical of this historic period; the support plates were made of fine materials such as marble or natural stone. Elegance and garishness conveyed graveness and eminence to this furnishing element, making it an essential and integrated part for any bedroom.
The Neoclassic period represented a transition phase, during which night tables started acquiring further sobriety, while keeping a vivid decorative characterization.
Starting from the XIX century, bedside tables permanently took the precise traits of the piece of furniture we use nowadays. Slimmer shapes, more sophisticate and luxurious materials left the path to wood and essences like cherry, mahogany, hickory and ash. The symbol of this historic period are precisely the typical bedside tables with drawers to which we are also accustomed.
Eventually, from ‘900 until our days, the most diverse materials have started being used; new shapes have seen the light and the decorative aspect has gained personality in accordance with the artistic orientation or trends in vogue. Next to units with drawers, doors-equipped night tables have made their inroad, as an innovative reinterpretation that opens the way to new uses of furniture of this kind.