Wondering what to put on your bedside table? Here is a shot of my bedside table that I featured on Instagram. I hope it can provide you with a little bit of inspiration.

I usually place very few items on mine. Three to four decor items on a single nightstand is more than enough. But I have a little trick in the photo. As you can see there are six books neatly stacked under the clock. A stack of books can actually act as one single, cohesive decor piece. But you have to be careful not to overdo your stack. In the photo, you can see, that I have my stack of books acting as a stand for this beautiful pocket watch inspired clock from Pottery Barn. I also carefully selected books that I am currently reading or plan to read soon.

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Another tip that I’d like to point out: Be practical and do your best to ensure that most items on your bedside table are useful and functional. Three of the four items on my bedside table serve a specific purpose:

  • A small lamp for accent lighting
  • An alarm clock so I don’t end up sleeping in (because I will otherwise)
  • A stack of books for my nightly reading

And, remember, just because something is functional doesn’t mean that it can’t be decorative. A well-coordinated stack of books always makes for a great decor piece on a bedside table. When choosing an alarm clock, steer away from those ugly, utilitarian looking, plastic boxes from most department stores. Instead look for something more decorative like the clock that I picked up at Pottery Barn. There are many other options out there as well. And always ensure that your lamp matches your decor.

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My Bedside Table as Seen on Instagram

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