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Nightstand and chamber pot

Do you know that in the old days before toilets were installed in the bedroom, the main function of a nightstand was to contain a chamber pot? Early nightstands were often small cabinets fitted with a drawer called a commode. Frenchmen, Italians and Spaniards were using this stand in the past and to go with the era, embellished the furniture with bronze inlaid, gold leaf finish or parquetry inlaid.


How would you like your nightstand to be?

Bedside tables must be both pretty and pragmatic. They look good and greatly contribute to the beauty of the bedroom. Complementing the design and other furniture in the bedroom, they must not only look pretty but functional. They are used to carry items like a nice looking coaster, or a covered Kleenex box. Nightstands are small and do not take up much space. They could be used to add some flair to that area without sacrificing functionality.


Choosing a design

Look for a nightstand that suits your overall decor. If you do not find an exactly matching bedroom set, keep colors and materials similar to pull a room together. If you have a wooden bed, buy a wood nightstand. To give your room a kind of balance, consider twin nightstands using them as bookend to your bed.


For beside tables; you might consider a small night table with tiny four legs. Aside from providing minimal storage, it is the choice of those who prefer furniture pieces that are lighter and smaller.


Two or three rows of drawers are placed down the front with the top level double smaller drawers serving as storage for personal belongings. You might opt for several drawers with open storage combined for your night table. An open storage space at the bottom is for books, glasses, magazines, etc.


Armoire through time

The armoire was created because a place was needed for storage. For many years, chests were the most used places. Armoire was used to store clothes and a place to keep large items like beddings, carpets, rugs and tapestries. They also used armoire to keep weapons and armor.


In the 17th century, French designers introduced the armoire with its name probably derived from the Latin word “armorium,” as the chest was used for storing armor. Tall and wide, the armoire was ideal place for storage. With no feet so the furniture was placed directly on the floor. Some armoires were fine pieces; they were sculpted and also painted inside and out equipped with elaborate hinges.


Armoire and nightstand

They could be a perfect duo as bedroom furniture. Each has important functions to make your bedroom an idyllic part in your home. Both are not only functional but could highlight the aesthetic appeal of your chamber.


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