On the side: 7 of the most stylish bedside tables

It's no exaggeration to say that a bedside table will enhance your life. Having somewhere within easy reach to place a current favourite read, a glass of water, morning cuppa, or any other paraphernalia is a minor convenience that we may take for granted. Yet it's those little things – that when we get them right – make all the difference to the day - or even our ability to wind down at night. (Assuming you're not Tracey Emin).

With many of us opting for king-size beds, four posters - or even larger models - there isn't always a lot of space left for a bedside table either side of the bed, so when choosing them it's important to consider whether there will be enough clearance for divan drawers or wardrobe doors nearby. If space is at a premium could you install wall lights for reading, rather than take up the surface area with a table lamp?

See our edit of fourposter beds.

Do you want a cupboard and drawers where you can put everything neatly away, or are you happy with an open shelf or two?

Height is another factor to take into account. Is your bed on a raised base or do you have a low profile or platform bed? Either way, you'll likely want your bedside table at a similar height, so that it not only looks cohesive but that it's comfortable too.

Once the practicalities and ergonomics have been considered, it's on to the fun stuff. What style are you going for?

Our edit covers a number of different looks from understated luxe with the Harlosh at Pinch and the Amphora at Maxalto to a touch of glamour from the Serra at Soho Home.

There's simple Scandi style from Ikea (of course) and utilitarian chic from Danish design dudes, Hay. The flavour at Ercol is distinctly mid-century, while Loaf's Mini Marmo offers a comforting modern rustic vibe, so read on to find something to suit your sleeping quarters.

Amphora table, £2,803, Antonio Citterio for Maxalto at Chaplins

Amphora table, £2,803, Antonio Citterio for Maxalto at Chaplins

Created by Antonio Citterio in 2004 for Maxalto, this modern classic has a sleek and compact oval shape with two discreet drawers of different sizes.

Shalstone two-drawer bedside table, £375, Ercol for John Lewis & Partners

Shalstone two-drawer bedside table, £375, Ercol for John Lewis & Partners

Crafted from solid oak and veneers, this piece features traditional dovetail and finger joints for extra strength.

Butler stepladder, £225, Hay at madeindesign

Butler stepladder, £225, Hay at madeindesign

Made from oiled oak, this multi-functional piece looks great as a bedside table and is sturdy enough to step on if the need arises.

Bjorksnas bedside table, £70, Ikea

Bjorksnas bedside table, £70, Ikea

Simple, stylish and tall, this pice will ensure your book, drink and anything else is within easy reach.

Mini Marmo side table, £245, Loaf

Mini Marmo side table, £245, Loaf

This elegantly curved table will fit into a number of nooks, including beside the bed, and the solid marble surface is the icing on the cake.

Harlosh bedside table, £925, Russell Pinch at Pinch Design

Harlosh bedside table, £925, Russell Pinch at Pinch Design

This versatile number has a floating dovetailed drawer and a lipped shelf below, so it can also be used as a side table, when you want to shake things up.

Harlosh bedside table, £925, Russell Pinch at Pinch Design

Harlosh bedside table, £925, Russell Pinch at Pinch Design

This versatile number has a floating dovetailed drawer and a lipped shelf below, so it can also be used as a side table, when you want to shake things up.

Serra bedside table, £1,195, Soho Home

Serra bedside table, £1,195, Soho Home

This ash framed, diamond fronted piece has two drawers and generous cupboard space.