Loading Spinner

European Nightstands

For many, peaceful slumber comes easy when nestled in a bed with a book on your nightstand; however, in previous centuries the nightstand doubled as a cubicle for the resident’s chamber pot.

Thankfully, advances in plumbing allowed everyone to breathe easy while nightstands remained pivotal to nighttime rituals. Early French nightstands had built-in handles that allowed them to easily be transported and stored out of sight during the daytime. Eventually, European nightstands settled permanently into the space adjacent to the bed. These pieces of furniture come in a variety of styles, from English Queen Anne and French Louis XV to American Empire and Spanish Revival.

While nighttime necessities have changed from candlesticks to lamps and from books to kindles, the basic function of the nightstand as a home for things you may need during the night remains the same.

Quick Facts

  • In October 2015, a pair of Louis XV carved nightstands with marble tops sold on eBay for $1,450
  • At a 2011 Skinner auction in Boston, a George III mahogany nightstand inlaid with satinwood dating to late 18th century England sold for $889
  • In 2014, a pair of mid-20th century teak Dyrlund Nightstands from Denmark sold at a Skinner auction for just $215

Recommended Items at Auction

See all items

French Satinwood and Burl Stands
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
French Satinwood and Burl Stands
by Regency Auction House
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
Pair of Luciano Frigerio Nightstands/Tables
Nov 06, 12:00 PM EDT
Pair of Luciano Frigerio Nightstands/Tables
by Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,200
$7500 Bids
French Country Rococo Style End Tables Night Stand
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
French Country Rococo Style End Tables Night Stand
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
PAIRE DE CHEVETS AU DESIGN SCANDINAVE ouvrant par un tiroir en facade Pied en étoile à quatre branch
Nov 07, 2:00 PM CET
PAIRE DE CHEVETS AU DESIGN SCANDINAVE ouvrant par un tiroir en facade Pied en étoile à quatre branch
by Oise Encheres
Est: €1,200- €1,500
€1,0000 Bids
Pair of Split Bamboo Nightstands
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CDT
Pair of Split Bamboo Nightstands
by Revere Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Two French Provincial Louis XV Style Carved Walnut
Nov 12, 11:00 AM CST
Two French Provincial Louis XV Style Carved Walnut
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
A GEORGE III MAHOGANY NIGHT STAND OR POT CUPBOARD, MID 18TH CENTURY,
Nov 13, 9:00 AM CST
A GEORGE III MAHOGANY NIGHT STAND OR POT CUPBOARD, MID 18TH CENTURY,
by Houston Auction Company
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell European Nightstands


Crescent City Auction Gallery

Crescent City Auction Gallery

Vickers & Hoad

Vickers & Hoad

Palm Beach Modern Auctions

Palm Beach Modern Auctions

Houston Auction Company

Houston Auction Company