On the hunt for the best bedside table? We hear you. We ask a lot of the bedside table. They have to be small enough to fit next to the bed without taking up a load of space but also be able to store a fair bit of stuff – the entirety of our skin care routine, a million books we are yet to read, some stuff to make it look pretty annnnd we still want some surface space kept free.
It's no surprise then that finding the perfect bedside table is a bit of a mission, so we have rounded up the best of the best to make it a bit easier for you... If you are kitting out your bedroom from scratch, head to our bedroom ideas gallery next.
You might have been outbid for that antique bedside table on eBay, but look on the bright side: with Mid-century modern and Art Deco being such big players in the interiors world right now, you can get the same vintage vibes courtesy of contemporary designers, as in this Penelope table from West Elm. A circular end table makes a statement twist on the usual square and gives the illusion of more space by not sitting tight to the wall on all sides, and reviewers were rapturous with praise for the sturdy build and quality materials.
If you like the idea of a circular bedside table, but West Elm’s Penelope is a little on the dark side for your liking, this funky option from MADE carries on the theme in a more modern fashion. In a choice of sweet-as-you-like pale pink or cool grey ombre, it’s modern in its approach, too – thanks to a modular design you can add or take away layers as you see fit to suit all heights of bed, making it a great choice for kids’ rooms as well as for grown ups.
We love this bedside table, mostly because it just looks so much more expensive than it is. We are definitely getting some West Elm vibes here, but it's only £74.99! There's plenty of storage with this Argos model, it's got one roomy drawer plus a sizeable cubby hole which would be perfect for some extra book storage. There is also a whole range of bedroom furniture to match, so if you are kitting out your whole room check out the Nomad chest of drawers and wardrobe, too.
For a traditional bedroom scheme, nothing beats classic, tried-and-trusted brands. English brand Ercol’s Teramo bedside cabinet is our pick of the bunch, with its creamy shade and natural wood texturing, solid oak construction and matt lacquer to keep things sealed and protected, but not shiny. Thanks to that solid wood build and artisan dovetail jointed construction, it’s certainly built to last, with a timeless design that gives it real investment factor.
Got a small bedroom you want to add a bit of Scandi style to? Esme is a little bit of an oddity, and we mean that in the best possible way: a little futuristic, a little retro, its flared wooden legs conjure up a bit of Mid-century modern, while the rounded rectangle topper with its seemingly impenetrable drawers seem positively space-age. As such, you might expect it hard to find a home for, but au contraire: the neutral ash veneer with its beautiful swirls and knots gives it a look that’s surprisingly versatile, and its stubby shape should be at home next to shorter kids’ beds as well as stately ones.
Check out our whole feature on small bedroom storage ideas for more inspiration.