How To Properly Pair Nightstands With Your Bed

One of my biggest pet peeves as a designer is people going into a furniture store and buying an entire furniture set off of the floor and it's tempting it's very easy to do.

One of my biggest pet peeves as a designer is people going into a furniture store and buying an entire furniture set off of the floor and it’s tempting it’s very easy to do.

If you are, you know, going in walking into a store you don’t have a designer with you you’re not sure how to put things together then it’s very easy to go in and buy say an entire bedroom set off of the floor.

Everything is put together for you, you know the scale and proportion fits, so you just snap it up and you put it up in your bedroom but it doesn’t really have your personality.

It looks like you went and got something on the floor and your neighbor’s going to have it maybe just down the street the exact same set.

So what I like to recommend is to tell people to go in, say maybe find the bed that you really love, and then if you want to buy one other set, maybe the dresser, a chest of drawers, something like that, go ahead and do that.

And then the other pieces, you can kind of pull together, and make a room that is really more your personality, more unique and more collected.

So one piece that I don’t recommend you get and along with the bed, unless it’s an upholstered bed, that’s different, but if it’s a wooden bed especially or it’s an upholstered bed that has the same wood tone around it, then I really do not recommend getting the night stands to go with it.

I would recommend you going and finding some different nightstands to pair, to make it look more personal to you.

However, that can be kind of a daunting task.

How do you know what night stands you need to go and choose?

One of the most common mistakes that I see made is they’re too small, so keep in mind you want to measure your bed with the mattress.

So for instance, my bed is 32 inches tall from the floor to the top of the mattress, so that means any nightstand I choose it needs to be minimum height 32 inches.

Ideally say this one, which is an antique piece I found, is 35 inches. So you really don’t want to go more than 3 to 4 inches above your bed. 4 inches is kind of pushing it, but definitely not more than 4 inches because then it looks being too tall next to your bed.

So the width, that’s not as important because sometimes you don’t have a lot of space, but you ideally need at least 3 inches above the mattress. Minimum height though, is the level of your mattress.

And then when it comes to color, you know, look at your bed tone. As you kind of see my bed is sort of a medium wood so I went and I got a medium wood tone that blends very nicely with it.

If it’s not going to blend then you want to either go darker, maybe lighter, or maybe you want to go in and bring in a color.

Maybe bring in white, gray, it could be a different finish. Maybe it could be metal or rattan and you can do skirted tables as well.

But the most important thing, when you’re pairing your nightstand, is really proportion and scale so make sure that it is mattress height or to the branches.

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