How to Decorate a Bedside Table

Written by melinda gaines
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How to Decorate a Bedside Table
Lamps make functional bedside table decorations. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The bedside table is an oft overlooked and neglected space in a room. While they are usually resigned to holding pocket contents, random papers and the everyday alarm clock, bedside tables do not have to be boring or cluttered. By carefully choosing a few decorations and swapping out mundane pieces for more stylish elements, your bedside table can help pull the look of your bedroom together.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Designate other areas for the items that usually crowd a bedside table, such as reading glasses, books and magazines. Use a drawer, under bed storage container or shelf for these items instead.

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    Place a table that is large enough to hold your decor next to your bed. The last thing you want is for everything to end up looking crowded together. A bedside table that's too small can also lead to items falling off of it, creating a hazard. If you haven't bought your bedside table yet, purchase it after your buy your accessories. If you already have a bedside table you want to use, keep its size in mind when buying your decor.

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    Place up to four decorative elements on your bedside table. Common items to use are a lamp, photo frame, vase, clock or miniature statue. Choose the things you're most likely to use. For instance, if you use an alarm clock to wake up and need a lamp to read at night, those two items are essentials for your bedside table.

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    Ensure the decorations you choose match the rest of your bedroom; use your bedside table to tie together your room's colour scheme or decorative theme. For example, if your room colours are mocha, lime and cream, using a lime vase with cream-coloured flowers, mocha photo frame and cream-coloured lamp would look cohesive.

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