14 desk-nightstands (sometimes you don’t have room for both!)

keep function plentiful in a home where space isn't.

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by Cora L. Diekman

While the desk-nightstand trend is a surefire solution for small space design, these rooms are less about function, and all about enviable gotta-have-it form. Yes, the desk-stand is a dual-function workhorse that saves valuable real estate and keeps

bedroom necessities

at hand, but it’s also a chic design statement that totally works when space is no object.

We already know that the desk-stand is perfect for small spaces. Take even more advantage of limited square footage with some optical illusion trickery, like an oversized mirror or a clear acrylic chair that virtually disappears into the design – perfect for rooms of any size that want to disguise the desk’s true function.

Even if you lean toward modern design, try looking away from this traditional desk-as-nightstand composition complete with coordinating wood bench and bonus footstool. The warm wood tones of this combo bring a welcomed contrast to the cool

monochromatic palette

, and the oversized desk lamp cleverly straddles the line between task light and night light.

This fabulous design is proof that the desk-stand is also a must for kid friendly spaces, perfect for both bedtime rituals and homework tasks.

Not into multitasking? No problem. There’s no rule that says a desk-stand must ever make friends with your laptop, since the look is all about design. This antique desk masquerades as a nightstand 24/7, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Keep them guessing. Instead of a traditional desk chair, substitute a versatile (and way more comfortable) upholstered bench or ottoman.

A desk-stand between the bed and wall is fantastic use of wasted space in any size room. This desk easily blends into the design by mirroring the white walls and bed, ensuring this clever nook feels anything but cluttered.

With the addition of a mirror overhead, a desk-stand can also double (or triple!) as a dressing table. Placing the desk close to a window ensures lots of natural light for applying makeup or putting on jewelry before heading out. And (bonus!) desk drawers are perfect for concealing cosmetics, everyday jewels, and other trinkets.

For a Scandinavian take on the desk-stand, keep your palette all white with small touches of black, and minimal decor. Also, organization is key. Tame clutter by making full use of desk drawers and utilizing decorative storage boxes for any overflow.

Create a warm and inviting workspace in your bedroom with a transparent waterfall table and a French-style chair beside an upholstered bed. Add decorative florals for a colorful touch.

Make your bedroom a relaxing retreat and a quiet sanctuary with a slim modular desk-nightstand that is perfect for peaceful reading, writing and studying.

If you’re someone who works from home frequently, make the space as cozy and welcoming as possible. Add additional comfort with a plush sheepskin desk chair.

Create a beach-eclectic aesthetic with a traditional yet tropical desk-nightstand and a beige block-printed upholstered desk stool that compliments the bedroom’s vibrant red printed texture.

Every interior space needs at least one vintage or antique piece in it to anchor it, so try incorporating a traditional, classic nightstand that doubles as a desk. Add a desk plant, colorful florals or a contemporary art piece to give your desk a warm and creative aesthetic.

Decorate your bedroom with country traditional décor pieces such as this blue antique school desk that brightens the room and creates a rustic vibe.