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7 Unique Alternatives to the Everyday Nightstand

7 Unique Alternatives to the Everyday Nightstand

Nightstands are the hidden workhorses of the bedroom. Both fashionable and functional, they add visual “oomph” to your bedroom and hold your bedside necessities. Do you like to read before bed? Go for a traditional nightstand with a larger surface area to hold a stack of books and a good-sized table lamp. Like to have technology nearby when the night unfolds? Choose an interesting nightstand that has space for all those charging cords and gadgets.

If you want to show off your personality and take the road less traveled, try one of these other nightstand choices. From a chest of drawers to a stack of books, choosing uncommon alternatives for your nightstands will make those early-morning wake up calls just a bit more pleasant.

1. Vintage Suitcases

     

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    Vintage suitcases and trunks look amazing stacked next to a bed, and provide hidden storage for bedding, books and more. Stack them on their side in tight spaces, or tower a few of varying sizes for an instant nightstand. For those that need a larger-than-normal nightstand with sufficient surface area, suitcases offer substantial surface space to hold a table lamp, decorations, clocks and all your bedside needs.

    2. Chairs

    Who would have thought that a stylish chair could turn into a one-of-a-kind nightstand? Chairs provide an “instant surface” and they’re available in every style, shape and color imaginable. Whether it’s a thrift store find or a sleek minimalist chair, the possibilities are endless. It’s also a great way to take advantage of extra chairs, especially those that take up space and don’t have a home—like extra dining room chairs that are used solely for the holidays.

    3. Unique Antiques

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      Special antiques like retro paint can displays, shelving units, desks and ladders can add a massive amount of visual interest to a bedroom on their own. Antiques are fabulous additions to spaces that feature fun, retro colors and the natural patina of old wood. Shelving units from the past were once purely for function. Now, utilize them next to a bed for a retro spin and the added bonus of multiple shelving heights. You’re sure to have a nightstand not seen anywhere else!

      4. Stools

      Stools are fantastic go-tos for tiny bedroom corners that never seem to fit an ordinary nightstand. From full bar stools to low milking stools, there’s plenty of choices to fit most bed heights. Play around with woven stools for interesting texture, or stick to classic with a simple wood stool. Consider pairing stools with wall-mounted light fixtures to keep the small stool top open for use and function.

      5. Stack of Books

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        Whether it’s next to a low modern platform bed or a cozy nook, we love the look of stacked books as nightstands. Play around with varying sizes and titles for a fun effect. Try large vintage encyclopedias or collections for a vintage-inspired look, or go with a rainbow of spines for a vibrant pop of color in a guest room or kid’s room.

        6. Secretary Desks

        We love secretary desks for numerous reasons. Not only do they provide a unique nightstand option, but they also offer varying heights and a ton of versatile storage. Many beds align perfectly with a pulled-down leaf of a secretary desk, so we love this option for easy access to phones and glasses in the middle of the night. Top shelves of secretary desks are ideal for a table lamp, and desk cubbies and drawers are perfect for tucking away books, mail, photos, etc.

        7. Wall-Mounted Shelves

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          Decorative, wall-mounted shelves are wonderful options for those that like to keep things simple and out of the way. Shelves allow for the surface to be mounted to the specific height of your bed. This is also a great choice for tiny nooks and small spaces that don’t have room for a traditional nightstand.

          What nightstand option have you used in your bedroom?

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          Last Updated on December 9, 2019

          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

          Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

          Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

          1. Get Rationally Optimistic

          Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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          This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

          In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

          The result: no more mental stress.

          2. Unplug

          Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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          How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

          It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

          Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

          3. Easy on the Caffeine

          Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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          Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

          4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

          That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

          How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

          • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
          • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
          • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

          While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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          5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

          This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

          The result: mental stress will be gone!

          So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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