The best narrow nightstands for small bedrooms

*This post was updated on February 19, 2021.

Our new (but 100-year-old) house has a small guestroom. There is really only one spot to put a bed because of the placements of the windows, doors, and radiator. Since many of our frequent guests are couples, we want to have at least a queen-sized bed. Unfortunately, this leaves us less than 11 inches on each side of the bed to place bed side tables.

It turns out that nightstands don’t really come smaller than 11 inches – even from Ikea. There might be some ultra-modern options out there, but that won’t really work in our century home. I even tried looking for plant stands to serve as nightstands but they also are generally at least 12 inches wide. Although I didn’t have luck finding exactly what I need for the room, I spent many hours searching, so I thought I would share what I found. Below is my list of the best narrow nightstands for small bedrooms.

The eight best narrow nightstands for small bedrooms
The eight best narrow nightstands for small bedrooms

This list includes some really great narrow nightstands that I wish I could use. All are 12 inches or less in width. Some are actually plant stands, but when you have limited space, it is sometimes necessary to get creative. Many of these nightstands offer additional storage which is also great if you are working with a small space.

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1. Safavieh Sabrina Nightstand

Safavieh Sabrina Nightstand from Amazon
Sabrina Nightstand from Amazon

I love the legs and the color of this nightstand. I plan to ask Brian make me nightstands based on this image. Edit: It appears that this color is no longer available on Amazon. However, this nightstand is available in four other colors including black, red, cherry, and cream. It is currently available from $100.47 on Amazon. There is only one site on which I can find the vintage grey color pictured here (link here).

2. Mélanie 1 Drawer Nightstand

Melanie nightstand from Wayfair
Melanie nightstand from Wayfair

This nightstand is narrow but has tons of storage with a drawer and two baskets. It is sold as a set of two. These would look great in a room that has farmhouse or shabby chic décor. This set is currently available on Wayfair for $209.99.

3. International Concepts Mission Plant Stand

International Concepts Mission Plant Stand from Amazon
Mission Plant Stand from Amazon

This is actually a plant stand, not a night stand, but it could certainly serve that purpose. Because it is unfinished you could easily paint it to match your décor or leave the original wood tone for a more natural look. I recommend the 24″ one as it is the typical height for a nightstand, but it is also available in 36″ if your bed is particularly high. Edit: This piece is currently only available on Amazon through third-party sellers, but you can also find it at Target and Home Depot.

4. Vandalia 2-Drawer Nightstand

Kip 2 Drawer Nightstand from Wayfair
Kip Nightstand from Wayfair

I really like the curved legs of this nightstand and two drawers also allow for decent storage. It comes in both black and white. It is currently available on Wayfair for $92.99.

5. NORDLI Nightstand

Nordli Nightstand from Ikea
Nordli Nightstand from Ikea

This nightstand is a bit plain, but you could easily add a snazzy handle or knob to jazz it up a bit. It also has a place to run charging cords through the back. Edit: Unfortunately, Ikea does not appear to sell this nightstand any longer. I did find another option (link here) that has a similar minimalist feel, but it is almost 14″ inches wide.

6. Willow White Side Table

White Accent Table from Amazon
White Accent Table from Amazon

A nice simple bedside table. It would fit into most décor styles and has a small storage drawer. Currently available on Amazon for $99.99.

7. Rustic Floating Nightstand

Rustic Floating Nightstand from Wayfair
Floating Nightstand from Wayfair

Although the minimalist rustic design of this nightstand isn’t appropriate for our century home, this is an extremely practical nightstand. Because it is mounted on the wall it doesn’t take up floor space. In addition, because the light is part of the nightstand, it doesn’t take up space on the top of the nightstand. This is a much more expensive option. It is currently available on Wayfair for $385.99. If you have some basic woodworking and electrical skills, you might be able to DIY something similar for much less.

8. Kate and Laurel Sophia Wood Top Plant Stand

Wood Top Plant Stand from Amazon
Wood Top Plant Stand from Amazon

This two-toned piece could be farmhouse, but I think it could also work with transitional, traditional, or coastal décor as well. It is currently available on Amazon for $89.99.

Final thoughts

These are the best narrow nightstands I found on my search. There are many other ideas out there for using non-traditional items as nightstands in small spaces, so I encourage you to keep an open mind. Hope you find this list helpful and best of luck on your search for narrow nightstands!

Because narrow nightstands offer less table top space on which to place things, I am planning to purchase wall-mounted lighting for above my narrow nightstands. I created a post on the best affordable plug-in wall sconces that you might want to check out!

Brian ultimately ended up building custom 11-inch wide nightstands for the room. Because we appreciate reusing old things, we chose to use railing spindles from our favorite salvage store as the legs for the nightstands. You can check out the finished nightstands in my post on our winter home improvement projects.

What do you think? Would you use any of these in your home?

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