Versitile Night Stand
When you haven’t enough room for much furniture in your tiny condo bedroom, you can add to your drawer space and still save wall space by replacing your nightstand with a small three drawer dresser. You have more surface space for the things that you like to keep on your beside table and a lot of storage space in the drawers. The height is more appropriate for today’s very high beds as well.
These dressers can be hard to find though. Your best bet is to scour second hand/antique furniture stores. Older furniture is often smaller than the oversize things you see in the stores now. In the 50s and 60s bedroom furniture was sized for the small subdivision homes that they were throwing up by the thousands to accommodate the post war baby boom and most of it was compact in size, solid hardwood and well built. The mid century furniture styles are reasonably neutral and blend in well with today’s styles. There were also lovely, well made bedroom sets intended for older children that were simply scaled down versions of adult bedroom sets. These sets usually included a small three or four drawer dresser that is the perfect size for a bedside table. Stores that specialize in condo sized furniture is also another source but they are usually located in big centres with a large condo market and therefore not convenient for a lot of people.
The dresser shown would make a perfect night stand. It is just the right height for a reading lamp beside a high bed and would fit between the bed and the corner in a small room. If there was enough room, you could place a small table of equal height on the other side of the bed, just big enough for a lamp and a book.
One of the nicest trends that has developed in the last decade is the re-purposing of furniture. It is sort of a decorator version of the milk crate end table that we all had in our first apartments. Start dropping into used furniture stores and take a good look at what is there. When you see something that catches your eye, ask yourself what else it could be used for. Dressers are especially adaptable for the hallway, for media, for sideboards and more. Who says that you have to use it for its original purpose or in the space that it was originally designed for?