This post on Apartment Therapy: Los Angeles prompted me to revisit the issue of bedside storage with limited space. Over on IKEA Hacker, reader Angela submitted her creative repurposing idea: wall-mounting a basket and toothbrush cup holder next to the bed in lieu of a traditional nightstand.
I love this idea! You can toss your book, TV remote, and eyeglasses into the basket before you drift off, and place your glass of water on the cupholder. I do have to echo the commenters on the AT post, though: what if you're just not coordinated enough for the Lillholmen toothbrush cupholder? I know that when I'm groggy I can barely get up and walk from the bedroom to the bathroom sometimes. The nuanced hand-eye coordination required to maneuver the glass onto the small cupholder might be too much. And can you imagine the disasters if you mounted this next to your loft bed?
But it does give me another idea: maybe rig a glass of water to an alarm clock so that it dumps water on you in the morning?