In the time that some people have taken to completely remodel a Victorian brownstone, I have moved my two new aluminum tables into the bedroom.
In apartment dweller terms, this is a major innovation. The smaller side table meant we could move the bed nearly one entire foot closer to the far wall, leaving nearly one entire foot more on the other side by the closet, so that I now have room to dance the can-can while picking out my clothes. Also the closet light no longer shines so harshly on Mr. Bromeliad as he oversleeps.
However, there remains the problem of reading light. Our previous lamp is a little too big and weird looking for the tiny table.
Since the tables are so tiny, sconces seem a smart way to go. I'm noticing many articulating arm, swing arm, architectural, task whatever styles of lighting - a bit industrial but not too much so.
In a pinch, maybe a plain old desk style lamp would work, like the pharmacy lamp below.
Or why not a skinny floor lamp?
How do you light the bedside?