Buying a Nightstand On a Budget


A commonly held belief is that the only way to get quality is to pay an exorbitant amount of money for it. Because of this, when many people are shopping for furniture, quality isn’t even a factor. They believe that their budget precludes it, so they restrict their options to what will get the job done. Some people end up saddled with these pieces for years because they simply believe that they cannot afford better. If you’re redecorating your bedroom, or simply shopping for a new bedside table, do not fall for the myth that inexpensive nightstands are unobtainable.

Bedroom with large framed bed, carped and wooden beams
Used with permission of Millhaven homes

When you believe that you have to sacrifice quality, you typically give up on style simultaneously. You head into the nearest big-box retailer and get the plainest, mass-produced item you can find because it’s the cheapest. Then you take it home and look at it for the next decade—even though it is completely devoid of your personality.

You may be thinking, “How much of my personality can I really fit into a little nightstand?” You would be surprised, actually. A nightstand accentuates the other features of your bedroom décor. As a smaller piece—an accessory, if you will—it gives you the option of being a little more playful. You can use funkier styles and colors without compromising the integrity of the overall décor. Instead of being a funhouse, you simply get a “pop” of fun.

Bedroom with book shelf and vases
Used with permission of Casework

Maybe you’re on a budget and all of this decorating talk sounds like it’s beyond your reach. Did you know that when you shop directly from the manufacturer, you can get beautiful styles from great brands without spending an arm and a leg? In fact, when you shop from the site listed above, it’s not just a possibility—it’s packaged into the low-price guarantee.

So, now you know that you have options. Run some diagnostics. What is the motif of your space right now? How would you like it to look in a perfect world? What pieces are absolutely staying—meaning which ones do you have to balance with—and which are not? When purchasing a nightstand, you should buy the one you’ll be happiest with long-term. Don’t consider how it’ll fit in with furniture that may not be in your room a year from now.

Bedroom with king size bed
Used with permission of Melanie Gowen

Now that you have a better idea of what you’re looking for, simply take all those ideas and add them to the built-in filters on the site linked above. Before you know it, you’ll be scrolling through tons of options that are begging for you to take them home. Be sure to take a few measurements of your space beforehand so that you can compare it with the dimensions of the item of your choosing—that way you can be sure the item you’re taking home is a perfect fit for your needs.

Knowing you got the best item for the best price is sure to help you sleep a little better. Happy hunting!

Thanks to Mary Forest for consulting on this post.


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