The bedside tables include a surface on which to position important items such as a lamp, a book, a glass of water, or anything else you may want to hold near the bed. Many have storage and support to anchor the bed. A nightstand, also known as a night table, day stand, or drawer. A small table or cabinet that is intended to be positioned beside a bed or elsewhere in a bedroom. Modern nightstands are typically small, with one or more drawers and/or shelves and, in some cases, a small door.