STORAGEWORKS - July 24 2022

Useful Nightstand Buying Guide

Learning from the editor's mistake
A nightstand with the same height as the bed top

In most cases, before we are in need of buying a new nightstand, most people wouldn't care or realize that the height of a nightstand is so important until one has purchased a new bed. 

Like myself, when I moved into my new home, I didn't care how tall my bed was or how tall my nightstand was. I went for the Japanese low platform tatami bed (23 inches tall, including the mattress) but purchased a pretty tall nightstand that looked fabulous (31 inches tall).

After my novelty wore off, it became painful for me every time I switched off the lamp for sleep because I had to half rise from the bed and climb onto the nightstand with one hand to reach the lamp.

All these hanging organizers feature strong boards to support the weight of your belongings safely and to keep the shelves from losing shape. They also have useful side pockets to hold your smaller items while giving you easy access to the contents. The elegant, minimalist style means they can be employed openly, and they will blend into your decor with ease. Ideal for storing sweaters, shirts, knitwear, pants, handbags, shoes, hats, socks, ties, etc. Also, they are all collapsible, meaning that they can be easily stored when not in use.

A nightstand that is too high for a bed

Hanging organizer with extra top shelf for storing loose items

Luke Fildes creator QS:P170,Q1855648, Samuel Luke Fildes - The Empty Chair (The Graphic, 1870), marked as public domain, more details on Wikimedia Commons

After months of painful climbing before sleeping, I found the STORAGEWORKS Khloe nightstand was launched. I eventually decided to change the nightstand. For this, I asked my colleague Peony, the designer of the Khloe nightstand, for some professional advice.

"You should've asked me before buying it. That nightstand is way too high for your bed." Peony complained.

"How would I know a nightstand could cause trouble like this?" I replied, embarrassed.

Peony was almost speechless, but thank God, she just rolled her eyes and gave me one rule of thumb:

The top of the nightstand should be approximately the same level as the top of the mattress.

She explained that the nightstands sold on the market are around 24-30 inches tall, while the beds, including the mattress, are about 25 inches from the floor to the top. That's why she made the Khloe nightstand 24 inches tall.

"Your nightstand should not be more than 5 inches taller or lower than your mattress!" Peony warned.

"Okay, okay! I guess I should take Khloe (nightstand) home. Its height fits my bed."

Peony pursed her lips and suppressed a smile, "Oh yeah, you can have a try."

STORAGEWORKS Khloe nightstand works just fine for most beds

Then she proceeded with her professional advice, which I sorted as follows.

Several things to consider:
1. How tall is your mattress? Measure the height from the floor to the top of your mattress.
2. Your (and your partner's) arm length.
3. The width of the space you have on either side of your bed.
4. How thick is your headboard?
5. If you use beside lamps, consider the height of the lamp on your nightstand.

Tips:
1. Choose a nightstand that is in line with the top of your mattress.
2. Put your nightstand a few inches away from your bed to allow your linens to drape.
3. Keep the big picture in mind. Consider the space you have around the bed and the wall space surrounding it.
4. List all the things you need to put on the nightstand when considering its size.
5. Storage space matters! A nightstand with drawers like STORAGEWORKS' Khloe nightstand would be perfect.

Hopefully, my lesson learned can save you the trouble of buying the wrong nightstand.

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