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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Edwardian nightstand cabinet with spindle gallery top above an open shelf and carved door cabinet, 47.5 cm wide, 43 cm deep, 103 cm high approx

A pair of Edwardian mahogany Adams style bedside tables, each of demi lune form with a frieze drawer decorated with swag marquetry and satinwood banding and stringing. 80 cm high, 50 cm wide, 35 cm deep

A mahogany Edwardian bedside cabinet, circa early 20th century. The top with a shaped and relief carved gallery and thumb nail edging, above a panelled cupboard with a foliate and urn motif and a burr panel, opening to a single shelf, with fluted pilasters

A fine Edwardian rosewood pot cupboard the rosewood with finely inlaid satin wood cupboard door

An Edwardian bedside cabinet together with another Edwardian oak bedside cabinet

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

An Edwardian walnut and marble topped bedside table. Width 40 cm. Depth 40 cm. Height 83 cm