There’s nothing worse than fumbling around in the dark to find something on your nightstand. Unless your fumbling leads to a spilled glass of water. The right height nightstand will help alleviate midnight spills, but how tall should a nightstand be anyway?
How Tall Should a Nightstand Be?
In reality, the height of your nightstand is really a matter of personal preference. However, there are a few design rules you can follow to help you pick the perfect height nightstand.
The easiest rule of thumb to figure out how tall should a nightstand be is to check out the height of your bed. Most designers recommend that you make the top of your nightstand level with the top of your mattress. And, if that’s not possible, make the nightstand 2 inches to 6 inches higher than the bed.
Why higher? In general, it’s easier to reach up from a bed than down to grab things off the nightstand. When you reach for the nightstand, you lean in that direction. Lean too far on a tall nightstand, and you’ll lean against it. Lean too far over a short nightstand and, well, you know what comes next.
That said, getting the right height nightstand for your bedroom isn’t that simple. There is no standard height for a nightstand. In general, nightstands are 25 inches high. But, they can be anywhere between 24 and 28 inches tall -- not to mention different depths and different shapes.
However, if you keep the “as high as your mattress” rule in mind, you should be able to pick out almost any nightstand your heart desires. Check and see if you can adjust the height of your bed to accommodate the height of your nightstand. If that’s the case, you can probably get any nightstand you want!
Light it up
Of course, adjusting the mattress height isn’t always possible. If you love your bed as is and you love your nightstand as is, there is one other design trick you can use to ensure your nightstand works with your bed.
Assuming you have a lamp on your nightstand, you want to be able to reach the lamp to turn it on easily. Obviously, this depends on where the switch is. So, start by sitting in bed and figure out what switch works best for you.
Then, pick a lamp where the bottom of the lampshade is in line with your chin when you sit up in bed and read (or play on your phone). This placement gives you the perfect amount of light with the least amount of glare.
Obviously, if there are two different height people sharing the bed, you’ll have to split the difference. Or pick two different lamps! But, this design tip can help you out when the mattress height and nightstand height aren’t playing nice.
How Tall Should a Nightstand Be? How Will You Use It?
Let’s be real. A nightstand does a lot of work. It’s got a lamp, and maybe a novel or two. But, it’s probably also got a Kleenex box, an alarm clock, a phone, and who knows what else.
That’s why before you worry about how tall should a nightstand be, you should worry about what you will use your nightstand for. Nightstands come in different shapes, depths, and styles. Some are round without any drawers, and some are narrow but deep with a lot of drawers.
So, start by asking yourself, how will I use this nightstand? Will you use it for just the basics, or do you want (or need) extra storage space? If you charge your phone at night, will you do it on the nightstand? Do you need a glass of water nearby, or maybe a CPAP machine?
Figuring out what you want your nightstand to do will go a long way toward helping you pick the right style. Once you do that, you can narrow down your choices. Then you can start figuring out how tall should a nightstand be for you.
Now you know exactly how tall should a nightstand. And, you know the answer is: it depends. But, thanks to a few quick and easy design tips, picking the right height nightstand for you will be easier than counting sheep!
What’s your favorite nightstand? Are you into minimalist styles, or do you love something with a lot of extra space? Let us know in the comments!