Nightstands are a cabinet or small drawer unit that sits beside your bed. At one time, they supported a pitcher and basin on top, and a chamber pot below. With indoor plumbing those needs have disappeared, but a nightstand still makes a good place to put your alarm clock, glasses, remote, or phone and phone charge. You can keep your book or e-reader there, too, along with that crossword puzzle for insomnia nights. If your bed does not have a built-in lamp, you can keep your bedside lamp there, too.