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My boyfriend and I live in a rather small apartment, which means making difficult choices. Toaster oven or microwave? Coffee table or ottoman? A bigger bed or a second nightstand? For us, getting a bigger bed was non-negotiable since we move around so much when we sleep… which means there isn’t enough room for a second nightstand.

Initially, this was a bit of a problem because I go to bed with three notebooks, my laptop, meds, glasses, and more than anyone needs to go to sleep. But we soon discovered that there are plenty of nightstand alternatives for people in the same boat. Here are five of our favorite options.