A nightstand, alternatively night table, bedside table or bedside cabinet, is a small table or cabinet designed to stand beside a bed or elsewhere in a bedroom. Modern nightstands are usually small bedside tables, often with a drawer. They are often used to support items that might be useful during the night, such as a table lamp, alarm clock, reading matter, phone, desktop intercom, a drink, or medication.
citation needed] As a result, early nightstands were often small cabinets, sometimes fitted with a drawer, and usually containing an enclosed storage space below covered by one or more doors. Another term sometimes given to such cabinets was commode.[
French, Italian and Spanish antique nightstands usually have one drawer and an enclosed storage space with one door. They can be embellished with gold leaf finish, bronze or parquetry inlaid.
- "Night table". The Free Dictionary By Farlex. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
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