My bedside table isn’t complete without a book or two. (And there’s nothing worse than getting into bed before realizing I’ve forgotten to bring whatever book I have going, then having to get out to find it.) Thankfully, we’ve noticed a slew of especially clever bedside perches—beyond the traditional nightstand—that ensure a book is never out of reach. Here are a few favorite ideas:
Above: At The Independente Hostel in Lisbon, guests tuck books into gaps in the wood-framed bunk beds.
Above: Among our favorite ideas: a simple and striking elastic for corralling a notebook or slim novel, spotted at Fontevraud Abbey in France: A Loire Valley Landmark Revived on Remodelista.
Above: A Brooklyn brownstone features a DIY plywood headboard with a low recessed shelf, perfect for stashing current reads. See In Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, a Renovated Brownstone with Inspired Solutions. Photograph by Jonathan Hokklo.
Above: Another recessed shelf, this one in marble, in A Narrow but Glamorous Marble-Clad Apartment in Lisbon.
Above: An around-the-house solution? Chair as book display. Spotted in The Healthful Apartment: A Wellness Expert Finds Serenity on the Lower East Side. Photograph by Sarah Elliott.
Above: A small bedside niche in a project by Jersey Ice Cream Co. neatly fits a few titles; see Old Soul: A Revolution-Era Hudson Valley Home Gets an Update for more.
Above: At The Jennings Hotel in Joseph, Oregon, a custom wall-mounted holder by Wood & Faulk keeps reading material at the ready (and saves space).
Above: Sling, rather than shelf, in another project by Jersey Ice Cream Co.; see Building Character: Jersey Ice Cream Co. and the Case of the Charmless Manse for more.
Above: The most pared-down option? A book-size shelf, mounted on the wall; as seen in Backyard Bunkhouse, Hollywood Royal Family Edition.
N.B.: This post is an update; it was first published October 2020.
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