Murphy beds are incredibly useful pieces of furniture that can save you space when you’re not using them, but they do require some planning in order to make the most of your space and incorporate other items into your room design. One such item that you may be wondering how to use with your murphy bed is a nightstand. Read on to learn eight ways you can replace your nightstand with more functional furniture or accessories if you choose to go with a murphy bed instead of regular bedroom furniture.
1. A Folding Dining Table
An alternative to the nightstand is using a folding dining table, which would allow you to use one side of the table as your makeshift nightstand. This alternative could be inconvenient if there are limited chairs in your space or if you don’t have enough light near your murphy bed. However, this would be an easy and cheap solution that doesn’t take up much space.
If you plan on storing any other pieces of furniture under your murphy bed, then it might not be appropriate because you’ll need the surface area of your folding dining table for food prep and general work.
Another option is buying an end table which can store a couple things like drinks and chargers but may not be large enough for books or magazines; this is usually because they’re too small!
2. Wrought Iron Plant Stand
Murphy beds are an affordable way to save space in small spaces, but what if you want some table space for your nightstand and lamps? There are plenty of options that fit in with the design of the bed. Consider a wrought iron plant stand. The Wrought Iron Plant Stand is sleek, but functional and can be used as a nightstand or simply used to hold plants!
3. Magazine Rack
The humble magazine rack is not typically thought of as an option for your bedside table, but when the bed is a Murphy bed it can serve as both. For some reason, the slats in the back of these beds are at different heights, which causes magazines and books to fall from them, making them useless as anything other than decoration.
The solution? Hold up one side with two books or magazines on either side. It’s quick and easy and so handy when you’re trying to balance yourself on your tummy and read before bed.
4. Desk Lamp
Murphy beds are terrific, but they do have one drawback – there’s nowhere nearby to set your alarm clock or put your water bottle. In the past, people dealt with this by placing their pillows on the edge of the bed (or using them as makeshift coffee tables). Nowadays, it’s more common for folks to use a standing desk lamp as their night table. The most popular models can be placed directly on top of or next to the bed so that when you’re ready to sleep and get under the covers, you don’t need to move anything at all. Some lamps allow you to adjust them in order illuminate an entire room if needed.
5. A Big Picture Frame
One idea is to put behind your Murphy bed is a big picture frame. This way, you can hang up your favorite photographs or pieces of art without having them crowd your desk space. You can also use it as the focal point in any room you choose to convert into an office.
6. A Decorative Bowl Of Fruit
If you need something short and sweet, then maybe fruit is the answer. Place a decorative bowl of fruit on top of your desk, or on top of the murphy bed at night. This can also be done in your bathroom with toothbrushes, soaps, and other items.
7. An Accent Vase With Flowers
Murphy beds are functional, space-saving, and stylish, but if you’re living in a studio apartment or your bedroom is already furnished with furniture, what should you do? Why not use an accent vase with flowers as a night stand? The idea of turning your bed into furniture is genius. This solution will free up so much space in your home.
Plus, it’s nice to have the option of opening up the bed during company visits. But before buying an accent vase as your night stand on a murphy bed make sure that you have plenty of floor space to display it properly when it’s closed (unless you don’t mind keeping one side of the bed against the wall). You might also want to consider how heavy the urn is.