Give your bedroom a vintage vibe by styling a primary school desk with classic treasures and nighttime necessities. Follow these steps to bring collected character to your bedside.
Celebrate the 20th century by turning an old desk into a bi-level nightstand. Each level has just enough space for a few favorite items.
Unless you wake naturally, an alarm is a bedside necessity. Keep the cell phone off your nightstand and opt for something low-tech instead. Old alarm clocks were made to last and it’s not unusual to find examples that are still in great working order. Keep this art deco example visible by propping it up on old books or game boxes.
Finish the top tier of your nightstand with a vintage globe.
The globe provides weight on the left side of the table to balance the stacked books and clock on the other. This globe includes a pocket atlas from 1951—unique bedtime reading.
A wire pendant brings illumination to the space without adding a lot of visual weight, keeping the focus on the nightstand. An old-timey Edison bulb adds to the vintage vibe.
Use the desk seat as a base for a vintage electric fan.
These gorgeous old appliances have a sculptural quality and many still work but they’re not made as safely as fans nowadays so it’s best to admire its good looks and let it rest.
This London road sign has the patina of age but it’s a new piece that brings character to the wall.
Knitting supplies fill a large basket at ground level. Just in case you want your hobby at hand while watching some late-night telly.
Finish the styling on your nightstand with another stack of books topped by an accent like these handmade cubes. Covered in Victorian newsprint, they fit right into the look of times past.
The art deco design of the book jackets matches the styling of the vintage alarm clock above.
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