Can you imagine how out of place a mirrored nightstand would look in a white shabby chic bedroom? The right material depends on how you're planning on using your nightstands but, most importantly, the rest of the furniture: consider what you already own in order to match it or, alternatively, complement it.
Wood is a popular and durable option: while these timeless nightstands are the most traditional, they're also the most versatile and can match different décor style depending on their color and design;
Metal is another durable and heavier material that eliminates any risk of chipping or bug damage; its water-repellent surface is handy if you like to keep a drink on your nightstand, but you should be careful and avoid pointy metal edges if you've got kids running around;
Glass and mirrored nightstands have a smart modern look and can help make the room feel bigger; however, just like metal, they might not be the best choice if you've got young children;
If you're after a budget-friendly option, plastic nightstands will be the most affordable: they can sometimes look a bit cheap, but, being available in lots of different colors, they could still help you match your room's palette and ensure a cohesive feel;
Upholstered bedstands could complement the style of your bed frame, but avoid them if you usually have a drink while reading in bed, as they're more delicate and can actually retain water;
Wicker nightstands are rarer, but they might be worth scouting for if you've got other pieces of furniture in that style or if you're after lightweight models that can be easily moved around and rearranged.