Small-Bedroom Solution: No Room for a Nightstand? Float One
A nightstand is an essential piece of bedroom furniture, at least for those of us who need a resting spot for a book, glasses or that midnight drink of water. But finding space for a full-sized nightstand in a small bedroom can be a challenge. Read on to see rooms where a floating shelf or nightstand solved this dilemma. Which one inspires you?
1. A floating shelf provides enough space for the nightstand essentials: a vase of fresh flowers, a candle — perhaps in a soothing scent like lavender — and a book. The designer saved surface space in this North London bedroom by choosing a hanging pendant.
This photo of the same bedroom shows how the floating shelves line up neatly with the walls of the niche. The space beneath them is still available for stashing items; here, it’s a black case, but baskets, decorative boxes or even a stack of books would also work.
3. There’s no reason a floating shelf needs to be wooden. Blogger Michelle Hinckley found this vintage version at an estate sale and spray-painted it white. A slim task lamp offers lightweight illumination.
4. This bedroom has a bit more space on either side of the bed. Nonetheless, it’s a good illustration of how floating nightstands can create the feeling of buoyancy in a room. Because floor space isn’t taken up beneath the wall-mounted tables, the room reads as a little more open.
5. The pathways on either side of this bad aren’t wide, but the two floating cubes create the illusion of more space since they don’t fill the entire gap. Pendant lights save surface space. The feature wall is planked cedar.
7. This space isn’t as small as some of the others, but the wall behind the bed doesn’t have much space on either side of the bed frame. The floating shelves have two layers, offering more space to stash nighttime necessities.