Learn about Bedside Cabinets

Small cupboards, usually square or rectangular though sometimes round, designed to stand one on either side of a bed. They have been made since the 18th century, but true pairs are very difficult to find. In a genuine pair, the doors should be hinged on different sides, so that the cupboard opened away from the bedside. Small chests of drawers were also made as bedside pieces. Pairs of French bedside cupboards are much more common than English or Australian pairs, which even when part of a bedroom suite, were only made as singles. Most Victorian or Edwardian pairs of bedside cupboards that come on to the market, have been made up from the pedestals of pedestal dressing tables of the period, but due to demand the fact that they are not original does not diminish their value.
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A pair of antique 19th century Australian colonial Huon pine bedside cupboards with brushing slides. 77.5 cm high, 40 cm wide, 40 cm deep

A huon pine bedside cabinet, Tasmanian, circa 1875, 76 cm high, 38 cm wide, 36 cm deep

Pair of antique pine bedside cabinets, each approx 83 cm high

Pine bedside cabinet with one drawer over door 77 cm high, 38 wide by 36 cm deep

Huon pine bird's eye maple and American oak bedside cabinet by makers Peter Gay, Gays Arcade Adelaide

A French pine bedside cabinet with marble top, a single frieze drawer and single cupboard, raised on four fluted legs united by a lower tier. 40 x 40 x 87.5 cm

Two birdseye huon pine bedside cabinets with raised panel doors

Pair of late Victorian huon pine bedside cabinets with carved fronted single door and birdseye featured drawers and doors

Two Edwardian pine bedside cabinets. Width 41 cm. Depth 39 cm. Height 85 cm

A pair of pine and burr walnut bedside cabinets and a double bed head 69 cm wide 45 cm deep 66 cm tall

A pair of pine bedside chests 40 cm wide 38 cm deep 70 cm high (2)

A huon pine box commode stool c1850 44 x 40 cm old worn finish

A pair of late 19th century Australian huon pine bedside tables, the rectangular tops with slanted edge above four graduated drawers, raised on a plinth base, adapted, 43 cm wide, 54 cm deep, 76 cm high.

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