Unmatch your Nightstands

For some reason, so many people I talk with think that their nightstands need to match. I think many people just can’t wait until they can go to the store and buy a set of matching bedroom furniture that all match perfectly. One bed, two nightstands, and a dresser later your bedroom looks just as bland as it did on the store floor.

One of the best ways to create an inviting bedroom that truly functions is to have pieces that don’t match perfectly. Now elements do have to work together in unity to create harmony in your space, but by intentionally not matching you create variety which is also an important part of harmony. Can you imagine the same 3-4 notes in the same song over and over. Yes, it would get boring! So why would we do that in our rooms. Now you know you don’t have to.

Here are a few good nightstand combinations. Figure out what the storage needs are both on top and behind doors or drawers. One side might need minimal storage while the other you might want a full desk, dresser or bookshelf. The most important task in getting the right piece is making sure you get the right scale for your bed and room. Nightstands cannot be too large or they look out of place.

His and her nightstands for a traditional space. High function and high style.


In this contemporary space, natural pieces add texture and function. On one side use a shallow desk and the other a lower dresser. Pull it all together with artwork and accessories by making sure your bed height is just right for both pieces to work well.


Open shelving and a closed chest are great combos for nightstands. Both function great, but the variety is a must.



Try 2 of these 3 options depending on your space and function needs. If you need more space and little storage, go for the desk on one side and the table on the other. If storage is a must, mix the dresser with the desk.

Mixing shapes is really ideal for nightstands. Here one side is rectangle while the other is oval.

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