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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Oak bedside table, Renaissance style c.1880

A French oak bedside chest. 69 cm high, 48 cm wide, 30 cm deep

A French oak bedside table in the Louis XIII manner, late 19th century, the table with an inset white marble top with a shallow drawer and a panelled cupboard with a relief carved scroll and floral motif, raised on barley twist legs to a stepped base and b

A Victorian oak bedside cabinet, in quarter-cut oak crossbanded to the top, panelled to the door with flamed veneered timber framed by a reed of Tunbridge ribbon inlay and with further figured timber inlays to the canted corners and plinth base. 40 cm x 35

A French provincial style oak bedside table with an open front on high cabriole legs. 75 cm high, 43 cm wide, 30 cm deep

A 19th century French oak bedside cabinet with marble top & interior

An oak bedside table in the Louis XVI manner, circa 1940, having a red and grey mottled grey marble top above a foliate carved drawer and an open compartment with pendant floral motifs to the edges, a porcelain lined cupboard below with a rose carved panel

A 19th century French Oak bedside cabinet with marble top

A pair French oak and marble top bedside cabinets early 20th century. The cabinets have an upper drawer with lower single door cupboard and carved cabriole legs. Height 88 cm. Top 40 x 40 cm

Vintage French Louis XV oak three drawer nightstand, 73.5 cm high

A pair of Louis XV style oak bedside tables, 19th century, with a shaped timber gallery above an open compartment with quatrefoil piercings to the sides, with chamfered edges, a curvaceous apron and supported on slender cabriole legs. Height 84.5 cm. Width

A French Louis Philippe style mahogany bedside table, circa 1840s, with a grey marble top above an ogee shaped pediment and an oak lined frieze drawer, with a single door surrounded by a simple beaded moulding and upon a plinth base. Height 75 cm. Width 43

A pair of French oak Art Deco bedside cabinets, 1930s, of rectangular form with rounded edges, with two panelled doors opening to a blonde oak interior with a concealed drawer with parquetry ribbon inlay, and raised upon a recessed plinth base with wedge s

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

Vintage oak French Louis XV two drawer commode, approx 83 cm high, 90 cm wide, 36 cm deep

Pair of French oak Louis XV style nightstands. Height 73 cm (2)

Vintage French oak single drawer Louis XV style nightstand. Height 68 cm

A pair of Australian Art Deco, Tasmanian oak bedside cabinets each with three shelves and a cupboard

A pair of French oak provincial bedside tables, each top with a gallery edge above an open shelf and drawer, on high cabriole supports. 74 cm high. 39 cm wide. 35 cm deep.

Late 19th century oak pot cupboard with gallery above a panelled door. Height 78 cm. Length 36 cm. Width 36 cm.

An Arts & Crafts oak single door bedside cabinet carved floral and vase detail to door

Pair of oak bedside cupboards on turned legs with stretchers

Pair of Louis XVI style carved oak bedside stands, with single drawer above cupboard door and inset marble top. Height 84 cm, top 40 x 40 cm, the country Trader, 1999

An Edwardian bedside cabinet together with another Edwardian oak bedside cabinet

A French bedside cabinet in oak, a cupboard and drawer above an open shelf below a black marble inset top, circa 1900. Width 44 cm. Diameter 38 cm. Height 83 cm

A French bedside cabinet in oak, a cupboard and drawer above an open shelf below a rouge marble top, circa 1900. Width 42 cm. Diameter 36 cm. Height 85 cm

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