After a long day, there are few things that feel quite as good as lying down for a good night’s sleep. Of course, not everyone can just lie down and immediately drift off to sleep, often requiring a moment to decompress and relax. In this time, many people will find something else to do, whether they watch television, read a book, or surf on their smartphone, as they unwind before going to sleep.
In the effort to actually relax, a great number of things will be overlooked and taken for granted, especially literal furniture. Still, the arrangement of your space is just as important for your relaxation as clean sheets or a comfortable temperature. As such, it is important to make sure that even your furniture is conducive to a comfortable atmosphere – furniture like nightstands.
Of course, figuring out which is the best nightstand for you can be a difficult and confusing task – even if it may seem a bit straightforward at first. That is why we have put together a list of the 10 best nightstands, highlighting what each one does best. Then we provide a helpful buyer’s guide, so you can find the best nightstand to suit your needs.
Best Nightstands of 2018
|Product||Design||Dimensions, W x L x H||Material||Colors|
|Winsome Wood Shaker Night Stand (Editor's Choice)||Classic||22" x 16" x 25"||Wood||Antique Walnut|
|Coaster Home Furnishings Contemporary Nightstand||Modern||27" x 29" x 19"||Solid wood||White, Brown|
|eHomeProducts Light Walnut/White Nightstand||Mid-Century Style||19" x 16" x 22.5"||Wood veneer, hardwood, MDF||Light Walnut and White|
|World of Futons Bedside Table||Natural||20" x 18" x 22"||Hardwood||Natural Wood|
|STNDRD Bamboo End Table||Mid-Century Style||19.7" x 19.7" x 19.7"||Bamboo||White/ Wood|
|Coaster Home Furnishings 300172 Night Stand||Antique||20" x 20" x 32"||Metal, glass||Gold|
|Zinus Modern Studio Collection||Modern||20" x 20" x 18"||Steel||Brown, Espresso|
|Home Styles Arts and Crafts Night Stand||Mission||18" x 16" x 24"||Solids hardwoods, hardwood veneers||White, Cottage Oak|
|Furniture of America Summerville 2-Drawer Nightstand||Antique||24" x 16" x 24"||Solid rubberwood||Dark Cherry, Black|
|Elegant Home Fashions Shelved Floor Cabinet||Classic||11.1" x 15" x 28"||Wood||White|
1. Winsome Wood Shaker Night Stand, Antique Walnut Finish – Best All-Around Nightstand
Winsome Wood might be considered what some may call an “old school” kind of business that actually relies more on foot traffic through standard brick and mortar storefronts than they do online. That said, this is likely because the company is well-known within the furniture industry for having a long-standing reputation for manufacturing quality furniture at reasonable prices. In this instance, Winsome Wood put the full weight of their experience on display with the Shaker Night Stand as we rated it our Editor’s Choice Best Nightstand reviewed.
Great Build Quality
By far the best thing about the Winsome Wood Shaker Night Stand is that it was built to last with the intention that you would use it for years – potentially decades. This is in a large part due to the use of primarily hardwood in the construction of this nightstand, though the base of the drawer is made of composite wood. This material choice combined with a solid construction allows the Winsome Wood Shaker Night Stand to support a maximum weight capacity of 50 pounds which is good for second on our list and the most from a wooden nightstand. Finally, the Winsome Wood Shaker Night Stand provides by far some of the best storage options that we saw with both a shelving and a drawer storage option as well as good sized table top and height just over 2’.
2. Coaster Home Furnishings Contemporary Nightstand – Best Women’s Night Stand
Considering how large of a distributor it is, it should not surprise anyone to see Coaster Home Furnishings making more than one appearance on our list of the best nightstands. That said, in this instance, we present a more traditional nightstand in terms of applicable setting and also one that would otherwise be the Editor’s Choice were it not for the fact that it is also the most expensive product that we reviewed. That said, this nightstand may very well be better served for women than for men, but it is easily one of the best nightstands for women that we came across.
The Best Drawers
When choosing a nightstand, generally the most common elements that are considered first is the appearance of the nightstand as well as its materials – the first to figure out how it should fit aesthetically and the second to make sure it is a good quality product. One thing that many people often overlook is the quality of the storage which you might think would be a bit more important considering that it will usually store things important for use for roughly ⅓ of your entire life. To this end, not only is the Coaster Home Furnishings Contemporary Nightstand generally well-built, but it also features the best drawers that we saw – notice “drawers” because this nightstand has 2 and they utilize a dovetail construction which is both convenient and durable. In fact, this nightstand can support a full extension of the drawer without fail and the top drawer is even lined in felt to prevent delicate things from sliding around.
3. eHomeProducts Light Walnut/White Side Nightstand – Best Child’s Nightstand
eHomeProducts is arguably one of the most apt brands to be on our list, despite the fact that you have not likely heard of them, because it is one of the few brands that specializes not only in furniture broadly but in furniture accessories more specifically – though it should be noted that eHomeProducts does not specialize in nightstands exclusively. Regardless, eHomeProducts does at least off the comfort that they put all of their focus into a few specific types of products as opposed to simply trying to do all things for all people. This allows eHomeProducts to offer a nightstand that meets all the expectations and can even serve unique functions if desired.
For Young and Old
When it comes to the eHomeProducts End Table, one of the most useful aspects of the design – at least for some consumers – will be the inclusion of an oversized tabletop. In most instances, the end table or nightstand is not intended to stick out – in fact, that is often one of the defining qualities for a nightstand in the first place. As such, the inclusion of an oversized tabletop could make this a bit too niche – except for the fact that the eHomeProducts End Table was made with the idea that it offers robust storage and space an alarm clock, lamp, or other miscellaneous items for an adult, but can actually be used as a small space for children considering it is just under 2’ tall at 22”.
4. World of Futons Bedside Table – Brand New Solid Hardwood Table – Best Raw Nightstand and Side Table
Despite the name, World of Futons does not obviously specialize exclusively in futons – though that is definitely where they place their primary focus. As such, you might expect the World of Futons Bedside Table to have some flaws that other manufacturers which place more of a focus on furniture accessories would not miss. In this instance, it may surprise you to find that, while the World of Futons Bedside Table may be a bit niche, it is a surprisingly good nightstand. In fairness, this should not necessarily be too terribly surprising as World of Futons has roughly 35 years of experience to bring to bear.
Arts and Crafts
One of the most distinctive qualities of the World of Futons Bedside Table is the fact that it seems far less ornate and finished than many of the other product that we reviewed. In fact, when compared to most of the other products on this list, the World of Futons Bedside Table could arguably be called “drab.” Of course, this is a blessing in disguise as the people at World of Futons did this on purpose with the express intention of you choosing the kind of finish you want. While this may add additional expenses, time, and effort to the nightstand, it does offer a unique experience and unparalleled customization.
5. STNDRD Bamboo End Table – Best Sustainable Nightstand
STNDRD is definitely an unusual company on our list primarily because it functions exclusively as an only online store that sells primarily through Amazon. On top of that, the company has only been in existence for a couple of years, though they do at least specialize exclusively in 2 different types of small table-like pieces of furniture. Still, STNDRD does not necessarily approach accessory furniture from the same perspective as most manufacturers and makes it a point to put certain priorities ahead of others to allow consumers a more conscious and sustainable purchase.
For the Future
When considering the STNDRD Bamboo End Table, the material used must be one of the primary factors as it offers so many benefits – though there are personal taste reasons to opt for a different material. That said, bamboo offers arguably one of the best materials around due to the fact that it is fairly inexpensive, naturally incredibly lightweight, and still fairly sturdy all things considered. On top of that, bamboo is incredibly fast-growing, and STNDRD makes it a point to only use bamboo harvested from responsible farms to do their part in providing a sustainable nightstand option. The only potential issue is that the nightstand has a tendency to develop a bit of a wobble over time as the wood acclimates to its setting and task.
6. Coaster Home Furnishings 300172 Night Stand in Antique Gold Finish Metal – Best Glass Top Nightstand
Coaster Home Furnishings is one of the bigger names in furniture manufacturing with a large presence both in traditional brick and mortar storefronts as well as online. While they may not necessarily be a household name like a very select few furniture brands, they do have a reputation for producing all types of furniture for all levels of the market. As such, you can find virtually every niche of furniture within the Coaster Home Furnishings catalog. While does mean that they do not specialize in nightstands or accessory furniture, it does mean that they understand the various markets as well as any prestige player.
A Particular Taste
One of the first things you are likely to notice about the Coaster Home Furnishings 300172 is that it is far less utilitarian by design than most of the other nightstands that we reviewed. This is most notable by the use of glass for the table top – glass that is not tempered and should not be treated as impact-resistant. This means that not all settings will be able to accommodate the Coaster Home Furnishings 300172, but for those that can, you will receive an incredibly elegant nightstand that features a durable metal frame with a molded shelving unit that tops with a solid glass pane. Even better, the entire nightstand is by far one of the easiest we saw to assemble and is also more likely to be accurately fabricated.
7. Zinus Modern Studio Collection – Strongest Nightstand
It was bound to happen before too long, but it should be made clear that Zinus in no way, shape, or form has any specialty with accessory furniture specifically or even general furniture more broadly. In fact, Zinus is actually a manufacturer of high-end mattresses that are near the top of their niche in sustainability and comfort. That said, the Zinus accessory furniture is at least appropriately focused around the bed, though unlike some of the other products that we saw, it is clear that the Zinus Modern Studio Collection nightstand was designed far more for utility than anything else.
A Sturdy Build
Considering that the company specializes in high-end mattresses, you can forgive Zinus for making a nightstand that is fairly plain and superficially unimpressive. However, you should not underestimate the Zinus Modern Studio Collection as it offers by far some of the best utility that we saw. Specifically, this series of products can handle up to 100 pounds of maximum weight which is generally more than enough to be used as a bedroom television stand if desired. Regardless, the use of thick steel tubing for the frame with a solid wood tabletop and shelving storage unit makes the Zinus Modern Studio Collection an exceptionally useful nightstand if nothing else.
8. Home Styles Arts and Crafts Night Stand – Best Cabinet Nightstand
Home Styles Furniture gives us a return to a company that may not be on the tip of the public’s tongue, but it does have a fairly large presence in the furniture market. That said, it should be noted that Home Styles Furniture does not specialize exclusively in accessory furniture and instead manufactures furniture for every room and every situation. That said, this does mean that Home Styles Furniture has plenty of experience not to mention a product for virtually every occasion. In this instance, we consider the Home Styles Arts and Crafts Night Stand to provide the best nightstand storage that we saw.
A Great Design
Unlike some of the other nightstands we saw, the “Arts and Crafts” moniker for this nightstand has nothing to do with personal customization and instead refers to the style of its design. While the name might imply extravagance, it is actually noted more for its simple, yet functional, utility – something the Home Styles Arts and Crafts Night Stand provides in spades. Specifically, this is one of the few nightstands that we reviewed which provides you the option of different types of storage space depending on your needs providing essentially 3 different points of storage. On top of that, the majority of this nightstand is made of hardwood with only the drawer base being made of composite, ensuring that the Home Styles Arts and Crafts Night Stand will stand the test of time.
9. Furniture of America Summerville 2-Drawer Nightstand – Best Wood Nightstand
Despite what it may seem, Furniture of America has not been around for too terribly long even though they already have a fairly impressive presence in both traditional brick and mortar stores as well as online. Regardless, in the decade and a half or so of time spent manufacturing furniture, Furniture of America has carved out a large market share by providing some of the best products with best materials to the point that this could also be another contender for the Editor’s Choice award were it not for the price. It is also worth noting that Furniture of America does not really innovate within the market, though they do adhere to the strictest of standards.
A Classic Revisited
Whether it looked exactly like it or not, chances are that if you are from the West, you have likely seen this or a similar type of nightstand for seemingly your whole life. That is because the Furniture of America Summerville uses the Old English Romance style that has been popular for over a century and reinforces it with the incredible durability of solid rubberwood. This means that the Furniture of America Summerville is easily one of the most durable nightstands that we reviewed – though this also means that it is one of the heaviest as well. On top of that, the Furniture of America Summerville also features the classic brass hardware.
10. Elegant Home Fashions Dawson Collection Shelved Floor Cabinet with Drawer – Tallest Nightstand
Rounding out our list, Elegant Home Fashions is another brand that makes use of the only online business model, except this time it actually ends up paying off as the Elegant Home Fashions Dawson Collection is indeed a less expensive nightstand on our list. That said, the company has not been around too terribly long and is based entirely out of India – which could make working with customer service should something go wrong a bit difficult. To compound that issue, this company is noted for manufacturing issues with quality control, though they do at least focus on accessory furniture and other accoutrements.
Standing Above the Rest
When it comes to the Elegant Home Fashions Dawson Collection, there is nothing terrible about the product, but there is not really too terribly much noteworthy as well. This nightstand uses composite wood in its build which is not the best, but it is also not likely to be placed in a situation where its structural integrity is tested either. The one quality of note about the Elegant Home Fashions Dawson Collection is the fact that it stands significantly taller than its competition. As such, if you have a bed that features a raised platform, then you may prefer the 32” height of the Elegant Home Fashions Dawson Collection nightstand.
When it comes to the materials, this will generally tell you how durable the nightstand will be, though the construction techniques can also impact that quality as well. On top of that, the materials will also have a fairly substantial impact on the price of the nightstand with more prestigious materials obviously increasing the cost of the nightstand. Finally, the materials can also impact how easy the nightstand is logistically beginning with the assembly going all the way through to moving it around over the years.
Composite Wood – There are few reasons to actively select this material as it is generally seen as the lowest grade material used for nightstands – though it is worth mentioning that there are numerous grades of different composite, some of which are respectable materials to use in the construction of furniture. Regardless, composite wood will generally be the least durable material used, both in the short term from rough use as well as the long-term from exposure to general age. That said, this is also the lightest material used as well as the least expensive, making it ideal for temporary needs.
Wood – When it comes to nightstand materials, wood will more often than not refer to a hardwood, though there are plenty of nightstands made out of pine. Regardless, wood is likely the best all-around material to use for a nightstand because it sits roughly in the middle in terms of all the most important aspects that the material will affect. For instance, a good hardwood is incredibly durable and can be expected to last decades if it is properly cared for. On top of that, there are plenty of hardwoods that are also reasonably lightweight – though it should be noted that wood is most often the heaviest material used for nightstands. The primary drawback to using wood for nightstands is the cost, though this will definitely vary depending on the quality of the wood chosen with the price potentially doubling due to the use of an incredibly valuable wood.
Metal – This is primarily used for stylistic and utilitarian purposes considering that nightstands are not generally expected to be tested under stressful conditions like other pieces of furniture may. As such, many of the best qualities of metal in regards to furniture application are superfluous to nightstands. For instance, metal is by far the strongest material commonly used in the construction of nightstands, but that piece of furniture is rarely expected to hold items that would come close to maxing out its weight capacity. On top of that, metal is also often fairly lightweight, though clearly, that is a quality that adds value to a nightstand.
As we can see, there are as many different types and styles of nightstand available as there are people and opinions. As such, it is a fruitless effort to try and find a single product that will unanimously be the best nightstand. Instead, it is better to find a nightstand that best suits your particular needs or simply look for the best all-around value to maximize your investment.
For those trying to find the best all-around nightstand, we recommend the Winsome Wood Shaker Night Stand. Made primarily out of solid hardwood, this nightstand provides plenty of storage space with both a drawer as well as shelving and even features the highest weight capacity for a wooden nightstand at 50 pounds.
Of course, some people are not too terribly concerned with the overall value of the product and simply want the best that they can find. To this end, we would recommend the Coaster Home Furnishings Contemporary Nightstand – for anyone even though we rated it our best women’s nightstand. This is because the drawer construction of the Coaster Home Furnishings Contemporary Nightstand is so smooth and convenient, it is by far the nicest to simply use day in and day out.