Wired-in lighting — in the form of pendants, as seen here, or wall lights — will free up your bedside table. That extra space generally feels more luxurious. (You can enjoy artfully styling your table for maximum tranquility, rather than balancing reading matter, phone and water glass around a lamp base.)
Another benefit is having controls on the wall permanently close at hand. No more scrounging (for some of us) for switches on dangling wires just out of reach down the side of the bed.
Call in an electrician for a quote and ask how disruptive the installation would be. This will depend to some extent on where the electricity already flows in your room. At best, if you have existing sockets or switches beneath the position of the proposed ones, it’ll just be a bit of sanding, filling and repainting on a narrow strip of wall where the new cable is chased in.
A final tip: Make sure you get the pendant height just right; you don’t want to feel like you’re under an interrogation lamp when you open up your bedtime tome. Wired-in wall lights may suit you better and, especially if they have flexible features such as swing arms, will be easier to adjust.
Of course, these are quite handy for holding laptops and tablets too, but the experts say these devices should stay out of our bedroom for better sleep, so save your tray for croissants, juice and coffee.
The ones seen here are rugged in leather, but there’s a world of patterns and colors from which to choose.
Even a small bedroom can accommodate one if you opt for over-the-bed shelving like this, which won’t impinge on the floor area. (Over the door is another good use of dead space.)
Alternatively, built-in shelving along one side of the room can work in bigger spaces, while a display opposite the end of the bed makes for a pleasing view when you’re tucked in.
A storage ottoman or blanket box isn’t a novel idea, but dedicating it to the pieces used for styling might be. The end of the bed can be a convenient position, or use the space under the window instead.
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