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How to style your bedside table

Bedside tables shouldn't be just dumping grounds for unread books and random objects. In many ways, this bedroom essential is the most important piece of furniture for getting you in the zone for a restful night's sleep. Whether you love the minimalist or eclectic look, we've got styling tips to make the most of your bedside table. 

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Choose a bedside lamp

Perhaps you're a before-bed-bookworm or maybe you just need a light source that's closer to reach without having to get out of bed. Either way, our large range of bedside lamps allows you to easily find a style that suits your needs and goes with your space. Be sure to consider the size of the table lamp so that it's in proportion to your bedside table and doesn't overwhelm it or get lost among everything else. 

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If you don't want to lose precious surface space to a night light table lamp, you can complement your bedside table with a wall sconce, floor lamp or pendant light instead. 

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Clear away cords and electronics

Minimise distractions and clutter by getting rid of unsightly cords and charging docs from your bedside. By relegating technology to a dresser, or by keeping them in a different room entirely, you can focus on winding down and switching off before bed. If you do choose to keep them, ensure cords hang down the back, between the wall and the bedside table. Alternatively, consider a more stylish docking station which can double as decor. 

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Collate small items

Use a small decorative bowl or tray to organise all loose items, such as glasses, jewellery and hand cream. A beautiful tray is also the perfect place to arrange a water station, with a glass and a water bottle, jug or stylish decanter. By grouping these items, you create clean segments.

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Add a touch of serenity

Incorporating greenery with a faux plant or maximizing the zen vibes with a candle or diffuser will cultivate a relaxing environment. You can also show your personality with a small framed artwork and a stack of your favourite books.

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Style in vignettes

Now that you've got your essential items, it's time to arrange them. You can take a grid approach for a square bedside table, or a triangle approach for round tables. Pick your points and create styled moments, remembering the rule of three which works for items of varying heights and a stack of books. You can also layer items from the back of the bedside to the front, which work particularly well for small pieces of art. 

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Alternative bedside options

If you're not one to stick to the traditional, consider something other than a bedside table. A floating shelf, bar cart, ottoman or accent stool work just as well for adding surface space to your bedside and can be styled just as easily.

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