I'm a style expert, and I'm convinced the floating nightstand is essential for small bedrooms. Here are the 9 best

Floating nightstands are all the rage, saving you valuable space and bringing a minimalist aesthetic. Here are 9 our shopping editor loves

A floating nightstand designed by Jonathan Adler
(Image credit: Jonathan Adler)

The nightstand is one of the more important pieces of furniture in the bedroom. A necessary bit of bedroom storage, the nightstand also offers up a surface to be decorative, where you can curate a bedside vignette to help foster a moment of calm. 

More and more, I'm seeing the wall mounted look coming into the home. It works brilliantly for the bedroom nightstand, helping you achieve a clutter-free aesthetic in the bedroom and bring a calming minimalist feeling to our bedroom furniture

In fact, I'm convinced that the best nightstands are floating.  Here are the 9 buys I've found from my favorite brands, from the more decorative looks to the more minimalist designs.

12 floating nightstands to buy now

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How high should a floating nightstand be?

There is no rule of thumb as to where your nightstand should be fixed, and it depends on your bedroom set up, but generally, the best nightstand set-up is the height at the same level as your bed, or a little bit higher. If you're doing a whole bedroom refurb at once, make sure you've chosen the bed and mattress (and know what height they come up to) before you hang the floating nightstand. 

Think about how you use the space - reaching for something during the night is a lot easier when you are at the same level, and it's less easy if the nightstand is below your bed. 

Why are floating nightstands good for small bedrooms?

'Going for the floating look is the perfect solution to your small bedroom woes,' says Pip Rich, global editor at Livingetc

'More than just a shelf, but less bulky than your traditional bedside table, these compact nightstands are designed to be easily mounted on your wall, freeing up precious floor space, while still offering a convenient place to store your bedtime bits and pieces. The floating look will also help you achieve a calming minimalist bedroom aesthetic - just make sure you've organized those bedside wires so you don't have an unsightly tangle of phone, lamp and laptop chargers on show!'

Oonagh Turner
Livingetc content editor and design expert

Oonagh is a content editor at Livingetc.com and an expert at spotting the interior trends that are making waves in the design world. Writing a mix of everything and everything from home tours to news, long-form features to design idea pieces on the website, as well as frequently featured in the monthly print magazine, she's the go-to for design advice in the home. Previously, she worked on a London property title, producing long-read interiors features, style pages and conducting interviews with a range of famous faces from the UK interiors scene, from Kit Kemp to Robert Kime. In doing so, she has developed a keen interest in London's historical architecture and the city's distinct tastemakers paving the way in the world of interiors.