Mixing It Up: 15 Bedroom Furniture Pairings That Work

Furniture can be a lot like a relationship – you bring in something new, to mix it up. Whether that’s a new dinner spot, a new morning routine, or even an entirely new person. But in the end, some pairings just don’t always work. And while we are not handing out dating advice any time soon (or telling you to break it off with your boo), we can help with the former.  Keep reading…

We’ll start with the room where things can often get complicated: (relationship and furniture wise) the Bedroom. The easy answer may seem like a matching bedroom set, right? It’s already been put together to match perfectly. While there are definitely some good collections, you can achieve a more interesting space when you pull together different furniture pieces. Plus it will be uniquely yours and not straight off a showroom floor.

And if you already have a great bed or a cool vintage dresser you inherited and don’t know what to pair it with, you can use these tips to help coordinate the rest of the room.

We’ve went ahead and done the work for you by compiling 15 pairings of beds, night stands and dressers that all work great together. Whether your style is minimalist, eclectic, mid-century or modern farmhouse, we’ve got you covered. (Please consider you and the bedroom set officially broken up.) Next to each title we’ve put the total price to get 1 bed, two nightsands and a dresser.

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1.  NEUTRAL TEXTURES = $2,045

A neutral upholstered bed pairs perfectly with oak nightstands and a dresser in a light grey finish. While the woods are different, they are both light finishes that don’t complete with each other.

Aiden Platform Bed | Ellington Side Table | Mid-Century 6-Drawer Dresser

2.  REFINED RUSTIC = $2,520

Pair a leather bed with round metal nightstands and a detailed wood dresser for a masculine vibe. The leather and wood tones are similar, and the table picks up on the black in the bed frame.

Saturn Bed | Soft Modern Round Side Table | Lita 6-Drawer Dresser

3. MIX IT UP = $1,558

For an eclectic look, a channel tufted headboard, round wooden nightstands and a playful dresser on hairpin legs. While the pieces are all different, they all have rounded details that unite them.

Channel Back Upholstered Headboard | Trill Wood Round Side Table | Owen 6 Drawer Double Dresser

4.  TRADITIONAL TOUCH = $4,613

A more traditional take, with a four-poster bed and wooden dresser and nightstands. The bed is substantial, so pairing it with furniture pieces that have “weight” is important for balance.

Venice Four Poster Bed | Keane Driftwood Nightstand | Imogen 6 Drawer Double Dresser

5. Simple SCANDINAVIAN = $518

A bleached wood headboard and painted nightstands and dresser work together for a nordic feel. While the pieces don’t match exactly, they’re all light finishes and simple shapes.

Porto Bleached Wood Headboard | Mitzi Nightstand | Modern 3 Drawer Dresser 

Photo: Anson Smart
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Design: Flack Studio

6. Seventies vibes = $5,024

A very cool cane bed with black metal nightstands and a brass dresser evokes elements from the 70s. The brass dresser is a bold piece, but it has clean lines that balance with the curves of the bed.

Cane Bed | Gemma Nightstand | Aged Brass 6 Drawer Dresser 

7. warm modern = $1,027

Textural touches like the woven top of the nightstands and the leather pulls on the dresser contrast with the simplicity of the upholstered bed. They also bring warmth and character to minimal pieces.

Aiden Platform Bed | Mikko Side Table | 5 Drawer Chest 

8. MASCULINE MINIMAL = $1,517

Wood and metal mix with a simple wood bed, floating metal nightstands and a black dresser. The black pieces work particularly well with the rich tones of the oak bed.

Marcel Platform Bed | Pilsen Graphite Floating Nightstand | Westerleigh 6 Drawer Double Dresser 

9. INDUSTRIAL chic = $2,154

A mesh bed, concrete side tables and a wood and metal dresser have a real urban feel. These materials, which evoke city life and hard surfaces, balance each other out.

Niander Mesh Bed | Athen End Table | Modern Grey Walnut 4 Drawer Dresser

10. REFINED BOHO = $1,793

A patterned headboard, linen nightstands and woven front dresser are all interesting pieces that when paired have a modern bohemian feel. Neutral colors keep them from overwhelming each other.

Macy Charcoal Linen Headboard | Archer Lacquered Linen Nightstand | Marte Storage Cabinet

11. soft and hard = $3,015

You got this far in reading the post, so you deserve a little bedroom innuendo with the name of this combo. A canopy bed brings a bit of softness which is balanced by the very solid nightstands and dresser. The linear elements of the bed are also echoed in the furniture pieces.

Amalfi Canopy Bed | Linwood Nightstand | Thomas 5 Drawer Bedroom Chest

12. MID-CENTURY = $1,857

Tapered legs and clean lines are present in the bed, nightstands and dresser, which makes the pieces work despite their different materials.

Huxley Upholstered Bed | Metalwork Nightstand | Camila 6 Drawer Dresser

13. TOUCH OF GLAMOUR = $2,818

Woven leather, polished brass and marble all give a luxurious feel. The nightstand and the dresser both have curved shapes, and the brass frame of the headboard subtly connects to the nightstand.

Tansy Strap and Metal Frame Headboard | Marble Topped Pedestal Side Table | Marius Chest of Drawers 

14. FARMHOUSE FRESH = $1,426

An antique brass bed has traditional vibes, and paired with the simple shapes of a green nightstand and wood dresser helps make it feel more modern. It’s farmhouse style with a fresh take.

Bronze Metal Pipe Sadie BedHampshire Olive Green Nightstand | 3 Drawer Wood Dresser 

15. SIMPLE LINES = $653

Simple geometric shapes unite the upholstered bed, nightstand and dresser. Metal touches, wood and similar color also allow them to visually work together.

Ragnar Upholstered Panel HeadboardAxel Lid Storage Side Table | 6 Drawer Bedroom Dresser 

Let us know if you have any questions (on the furniture, not the relationship) below, and in the comments let us know what you want us to do next with “mixing it up”.

 

  1. Anyone know where I can purchase the art in the first picture? The XX one with the white frame?

  2. I really like the combos, however, I’m not too keen on the metal pieces. (My personal opinion.) I heard that Queer Eye keeps the furniture used in the Heros’ make overs

    1. Is it true that you keep the furniture used in the make overs of the Heros? If you do, what happens to the rooms, houses, etc you have just re-made? Thanks for reading this!

  3. Would LOVE to find the nightstand tables shown in the lead photo!!!!!!!! Please!

    1. Those nightstands are really great. Looks like they were custom designed for this project by Giancarlo Valle, but you can definitely find similar vintage options, or here is a version.

  4. I love those tribal lamps in the pic with the blue velvet bed? Where are they from?

    1. That room was designed by Flack Studios. You can find out more about that project and details here.

  5. Love all of this styling. Simple, yet it stands out.

  6. I’m getting ready to decorate a bedroom and I love many of these ideas. How do y’all decide which furniture colors and styles match best together? Thank you!

    1. There’s several factors that go into pairing furniture. I’m mostly looking for balance, contrast and pieces that are similar scale so they will work nicely together. Thanks for reading!

  7. I love the first bedroom as well … any idea where I can get the bedside tables with the leather magazine rack? Amazing!!!

    1. Those nightstands are really great. Looks like they were custom designed for this project by Giancarlo Valle, but you can definitely find similar vintage options, or here is a version

  8. Hey Bobby!

    I would like to get a peacock rattan headboard but am having a tough time deciding on the style and tone of dresser and nightstands.

    I would like a lighter natural tone rattan for the headboard and love the ornate styles. Would a mid-century modern dresser/nightstand in a walnut tone work or should I consider a lighter tone of wood? Would you recommend I consider a distressed wood finish or would that be too busy along with the ornate rattan headboard?

    I personally dislike white painted furniture so I’m trying to avoid going that direction.

    Any advice you can give I would love! Big hugs to you and the rest of the Fab Five!

    1. I’d go with a wood that is tonally in the same color palette, ie. if your headboard is more orange, find a nightstand with orange undertones. Mixing woods is always a great way to add depth to a room and it works best when they aren’t in contrasting color ways. I also think mixing in a black nightstand could be very chic and add a graphic touch. Good luck! xx -B

  9. Hey Bobby! This post was SO helpful – thank you! I just got this beautiful bed from CB2 which has an ivory headboard and an acacia base. I’m thinking of a wood dresser to bring out the tones in the bed, based on your feedback, but can’t figure out for the life of me what kind of nightstand to get. Any tips?

    https://www.cb2.com/drommen-queen-bed/s394161

    1. Love that bed! I would go with an ivory or black nightstand, depending on the other elements in your room. If you want to keep things light, then go for ivory (or an off white that picks up on the fabric in the headboard). Black nightstands would be a bit more dramatic and masculine and contrast with the bed. Hope this helps! xx -B

  10. Just bought a Thuma bedframe with ivory head pillow. I need a small dresser and nightstands. How do I pair the wood from the bed? Also, my budget was busted on the bed, so options ciuld be limited.

  11. This is exactly what I was hoping to do in my bedroom, but I have a giant dark wood sleigh bed that feels like it doesn’t go with anything! Any suggestions?

    1. With such a large bed, you’ll definitely want nightstands that are equally large in scale. I would go for black, which pairs well with dark wood. Here is one option that could work. Thanks for your comment! xx -B