Decorating & Design - Bedrooms

Brighten up your bedroom the right way with properly selected bedroom furniture like nightstands and bedside lamps.

No bedroom is complete without the proper bedroom furniture -- nightstands and a lamp or two. Here are some practical considerations when making your purchases.

Bedroom furniture: Nightstands
Tabletops should be big enough for bedside necessities like a lamp, alarm clock, telephone, eyeglasses and a water carafe and drinking glass.

For an uncluttered tabletop, a drawer and perhaps a shelf offer storage for tissues, books, a pen and paper, remote control, and emergency candles and matches.

For additional display surface for extras like photographs and a vase of flowers, use wall-mount shelves or nesting tables beside a nightstand or along a nearby wall.

If space is limited, choose floating shelves (mounted to the wall beside or above the bed) instead of tables.

Bedroom furniture: Bedside lamps

Narrow candlestick lamps and wall-mount light fixtures, like sconces or swing-arm lamps, free up space on nightstands. If you can't wire lights through the wall, hide cords with wire covers, available in various colours to match your light fixtures or walls.

Choose lighting that you can turn on and off without getting out of bed; select lights with a dimmer for optimum TV viewing or to create a romantic setting.

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