8 Nightstands You Don't Need to Buy

Bedside storage is a must. Where else would you set a glass of water, nightly reading, phone, and alarm clock before settling in for slumber? And in a room so personal as your bedroom, don't limit yourself to picking up a nightstand completes the matching set of your bedframe and dresser. Any other number of furnishings can do the job—and for a fraction of the price tag you'd find at a department store. So get creative. From repurposing household items to working with elements found in nature, here are eight ideas for structures to sub in for the traditional bedside table.

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  1. Piece Together a Pallet

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    Wood pallets are practically a DIY darling, as their shape and size makes them incredibly well-suited for a number of creative projects. Here, two tall bedside tables use two full pallets each to build the planked sides as well as pieces of third as the top and a couple of handy shelves.

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  2. Find Yourself Stumped

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    Nothing says cozy quite like a rustic bedside table straight from nature. Functional with or without the iron legs, a generous slice of tree trunk gets new life a bedside repository. Just smooth out the surface with fine-grit sandpaper, then use a product like wood juice to coax out the natural variations in the grain.

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  3. Climb the Ladder

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    Bring your bedside table to new heights with a unique laddered frame. You can build the ladder from scratch or, if you're lucky, you can spruce up a vintage ladder with a fresh coat of paint. A drawer for bedside essentials is perched about halfway up, with rungs offering added real estate to use creatively.

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  4. Expose Some Metal

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    If you're partial to the trendy industrial interior design, these side tables might strike a chord. Plated slotted angles make a sturdy frame that easily supports a sanded pine top. With the right tools and materials, any intermediate DIYer can make these tables in an afternoon.

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  5. Retool a Stool

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    Want a no-work project? Pull up a wooden stool as a bedside table for functional storage space guised as shabby chic flair. And since a stool is a departure from the expected nightstand, anything goes; rustic handiwork or a bare finish can yield equally beautiful results.

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  6. Pull Up a Chair

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    With a little creative thinking, spare seating can hold more than just warm bodies. Flank your bed with a pair, and you'll have two more repurposed options for setting nighttime essentials. And whether your bedroom decor is classic, contemporary or somewhere in between, there's a style of chair to match.

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  7. Turn the Table

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    Unpack your bags and stay awhile with a bedside table inspired by a luggage rack at a bed and breakfast. No drilling, sanding, or sawing here: "Building" this table is as simple as placing a vintage suitcase on a stand. To go the extra mile, you can add a glass top for added protection.

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  8. Free Up the Floor

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    If floor space is at a premium, you may want to look to your walls for relief. A set of floating end tables (even just floating shelves) can be hung in arm's reach for any height of bed. Bonus: The raised placement makes it harder for the dust bunnies to hide.

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