Un-bedside tables for book storage

October 28 |

Dear Offbeat Home,

My name is Cat. I have a problem.

I cannot stop buying books. I also do not take much time to read books. I have a pile of more than a dozen in-progress books.

I have to believe that if I kept my books in an easy-to-access and organized manner, I'd give them more love. Right now my bedside table is an upended suitcase — a failed attempt to turn it into a cat bed. No storage, and not pretty. To solve my problem, I've been fantasy shopping for an un-bedside table. As I see it, here are my options.

Source: tumblr.com via Cat on Pinterest

This drum is the best bedside table ever. So boho. Number one on my list. I am absolutely on the hunt for a drum!

Source: realsimple.com via Cat on Pinterest

Step ladder! Easy enough to find, and has three tiers of shelving for a lamp, books, a glass of water, my very sexy mouth guard

Source: designsponge.com via Cat on Pinterest

The electric fireplace may not be the best idea for this pyro-phobe's bedroom. But it's damn cute.

Source: ana-white.com via Cat on Pinterest

I LOVE this one — it would be an easy bedside table to build.

This is an IKEA HELMER, but I thought it was a filing cabinet at first — which would also totally work. Filing cabinets are a dime a dozen at thrift shops. Lots of storage!

This wall-mounted "table" from Maze International tickles my desire for a-place-for-everything-and-everything-in-its-place.

Suitcase, suitcase, suitcase, mirror.

Source: familyfun.go.com via Cat on Pinterest

I could also ditch the table all together and go with a bedside pocket. Not great for bigger hardcovers, but good for little paperbacks.

Do you have a bedside table you love? SHARE! Or an idea for another un-bedside table I should consider? SHARE! I need to solve this problem so I can move forward with my life.

  1. I have a century old wood burning stove like that sitting at the end of my driveway – the previous owner of my house had been using it as a plant pot. I'm not big on gardening so a neat table would be a great way to repurpose it! The suitcases with the mirror look amazing, although my bedroom's always so cluttered – the stack wouldn't look nearly as pretty in my bedroom as in this photo.

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    • Oh DUH. I have a totally-unused-but-cute chair IN the bedroom. Usually I just drape clothes on it. Thanks!

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  2. Your wall-mounted table link goes to a pencil sharpener… I'd love it if it went to table because I want one!

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  3. We have a Bekvam spice rack from Ikea, with a couple of hooks and some totally cute buckets hanging from it. Books stack sideways on top of the spice rack, pens'n'stuff go in the buckets.

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  4. i love 'suitcase, suitcase, suitcase, mirror', definitely my fave style-wise

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  5. i had the bedside pocket in college! super useful with bunkbeds :)

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  6. I have a movable kitchen island from Ikea. My boyfriend's old roommate left it with us and I've use the hooks, bars and wiffle cannisters to everything! drawing supplies, books, medicine and basic hygiene supplies.

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  7. Mine is kind of boring – I use my dresser. We have a small flat, so we just squeeze all our furniture in where it fits. Our dresser is between the bed and the wall, and that's where my lamp, book and water go.

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  8. Yay! I came into this post hunting nifty bedside tables, and left lamely excited that I can buy a mouth-guard I don't have to boil. *facepalm* =D

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    • HA! Bruxism love. I'm okay with this mouthguard. It's a little big for my teeny tiny mouth, but more comfortable than others I've used for sure.

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  9. I use a bookshelf. It's not as cute as some of these, but it works. Especially if you are trying to organize books.

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  10. I'm thirding bookshelves. Super practical. My old headboard actually was a bookshelf.

    Also, a small chest/steamer trunk works well.

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  11. I've got an old wooden fruit crate as a bedside table, with a lacy tablecloth-with-tassels on it . And a lot of books of course.

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  12. I have an awesome vintage nightstand that has a built-in bookshelf…or you could modify some of the furniture plans in Todd Oldham's "Handmade Modern" book, as several pieces have built-in book storage.

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  13. I just realized I *LOATHE* our matching Ikea MALM bedside tables (they were grandfathered in when we married). They're nothing but function, and not even that great. Time to lobby for new ones and to scout the thrift stores. Although finding something quirky that will also go with our stupid MALM bed frame is going to be a challenge. If anyone has any suggestions, I'm into it!

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  14. We're low on space either side of our bed – we currently have two small bookcases, and the door can't open all the way.

    I'm considering a shelf or shelved headboard to go behind the bed along with possibly some tall floor lamps (so more of the shelf space can go to things like books).

    Now I just need to find a shelved headboard that doesn't cost ONE MILLION DOLLARS*

    *slight exaggeration. But seriously, those things can get expensive.

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