Are you fortunate to have a bedroom large enough to place a piece of furniture at the end of your bed?
Whether you're looking for beauty or function, there are lots of ways to use this found space. You can find interesting pieces at tag sales or flea markets or choose a special piece for your room.
Depending on the amount of space you have, you're sure to find the perfect piece on our list of the top 10 things to put at the end of a bed.
TV Cabinet - The newest "must-have" for a bedroom is a cabinet with a TV that goes up and down at the touch of a remote control button. By day, you have a cabinet or bench, and by night you have an eye-level flat screen TV. What a luxury! You'll have to dig deep into your wallet for this one.
A Large Upholstered Bench - A large bench or ottoman can catch your bedspread at night, hold a tray of goodies, or serve as a great place to sit. Choose a fabric cover that enhances your decor and give it a seasonal change with a soft, cuddly throw in the winter or light, sheer slipcover for summer.
A Storage Bench - Whether you choose a wooden bench or an upholstered one, a storage bench provides a perfect place to put bedding, pillows, and extra linens. It's a great place to sit to put on shoes and socks and also a handy place to put your bedspread at night.
Skirted Table- If you have a small round, oblong, or oval table, this will work perfectly. Purchase or make a floor-length tablecloth that coordinates with the decor of your room. If you have more space, add a small side chair on each end of the table.
Pair of Chairs - If you love to read in your room, you could place two small upholstered armchairs or side chairs at the end of your bed. With an ottoman and small reading lamp, you'll have a comfortable, private reading nook.
Loveseat - A small loveseat is great at the end of a queen or king size bed. Have a good floor lamp close by for reading and decorate the loveseat with a soft blanket and pretty decorative pillows.
Low Cabinet, Chest, or Trunk - While a long, low piece may look better in most rooms, even a taller piece will work well. The drawers are great for linen storage, books, craft supplies, and CD's or DVD's that you might use in your bedroom. A trunk can hold extra blankets and pillows. A nice piece of wood furniture gives a good balance to a bedroom's upholstered look.
Wicker or Iron Bench or Seat - The end of a bed is a great place to put an unusual piece of furniture, one that has "character." Iron and wicker look great in casual interiors or rooms with a vintage look. Add a pretty plaid or floral cushion to coordinate with the rest of the room.
Writing Desk - With a small writing desk at the end of your bed, you'll be able to use and enjoy your bedroom during the day. Read your mail, write a letter, make your shopping list or a phone call in the comfort of your bedroom.
Table - A pedestal or library table can provide space for books, collections, family photos, or a small television. The table should not be more than 8" taller than the top of your mattress.