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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An early twentieth century cedar bedside cabinet having three drawers, turned pillasters on bun feet 74 cm high, 64 cm wide x 45 cm deep

A pair of Victorian burr walnut bedside cabinets, 19th century, the cabinets with bullnose edging above three identical drawers each with beaded brass oval plates supporting 'C' scroll handles, simple and refined rounded moulding to the edges and upon a co

An Australian cedar commode chest, circa 1835, the rectangular hinged top with thumb nail edge above four false cock-beaded drawers, enclosing original arm rests, ceramic chamber pot and turned cedar cover, raised on bun feet, 85 cm wide x 55 cm deep x 80

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

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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