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These Genius Bedside Caddies Hold Your Phone, Book, & Everything You Need At Night But Don't Have A Place For

If you don’t have enough space in your bedroom for a nightstand or are simply looking for some extra storage, the best bedside caddies are the perfect solution. These caddies barely take up any room, but can keep your essentials easily within reach.

There are two main categories of bedside caddies to choose from:

A pocket-style caddy hangs next to your bed and is the go-to option if you’re in need of organization. These caddies features storage compartments, so everything has a place. Pocket-style caddies are great for holding your phone, a favorite book, your journal, or any other small essentials. These caddies are usually kept in place by being tucked partially under the mattress, though some have straps for extra security.

A shelf-style caddy, on the other hand, usually attaches directly to your bed frame, and ends up functioning like a nightstand. A shelf caddy can hold a glass of water, a stack of books, your alarm clock, or whatever else you need. Just pay attention to the maximum weight capacity to avoid overloading the shelf.

Scroll on for the five best bedside caddies which Amazon reviewers rave about. They look great, function well, and provide game-changing extra storage.


The Overall Best Bedside Pocket Caddy

With six different pockets to hold a wide range of items, you’ll find that the functionality of this Zafit bedside caddy is nearly unrivaled. Four of the pockets are mesh, which allows you to visibly keep track of your stuff, while the two large cloth pockets are great for holding a tablet, magazines and books, or other necessities. The inserting board is designed to slide under the mattress to hold the caddy in place. And luckily, Amazon reviewers reportthat this pick won't easily move around or fall, a common problem with some bedside caddies.

Choose from four caddy colors in the six-pocket style — black, blue, gray, or coffee — and if you don't need quite as much storage space, you can grab a smaller caddy with fewer pockets. The six-pocket pick is about 19.7 by 17.5 inches in size.

Enthusiastic Amazon review: "This is super awesome. I got it because I was getting rid of my nightstand in order to put my baby's crib next to bed and it has worked great. It is really good quality and stays in place great. Overall a great product for a great price. I am so glad I got it. Plenty pockets for stuff. I keep my phone in there, flash light, baby pacifier, and retainer case."


The Overall Best Bedside Shelf Caddy

The BedShelfie is the perfect solution for those who want a nightstand, but don’t quite have the space for one. The shelf clamps directly to your bed frame (no tools required), so you end up with a useful spot for essentials that's easily within reach. The shelf can hold up to 15 pounds of stuff, and Amazon reviewers have called it out for being surprisingly sturdy. It has an impressive 4.7-star rating after 1,600 and growing reviews.

The shelf is handcrafted in eco-friendly bamboo, and comes in a range of colors and formats, based on your needs.

Enthusiastic Amazon review: "I don’t have a lot of room in my bedroom and these are amazing! Before I had one nightstand on the left hand side of my bed which meant whoever slept on the other side didn’t have anywhere to put their phone, water, etc. I replaced my night stand with two of these (one on each side) and I love the function and sleekness of them. Highly recommend!!"


A Bedside Pocket Caddy That Can Charge Two Devices

Not only can this pocket caddy from The Night Caddy hold all of your essentials, it can also charge up to two devices at once (thanks to a built-in dual USB charger), which makes life so much easier — no more searching to find your phone's power cord, required. The caddy has several storage compartments for all of your stuff, and even has a cup holder. It also stays in place thanks to poles that slide under the mattress, which are extra-strong to prevent it from falling. The caddy is made from durable plastic and aluminum.

Enthusiastic Amazon review: "This has been one of the best purchases I have ever made. So handy for my tiny bedroom. I no longer bump my toes or knees on a nightstand as I try to get around it. This hardly takes up any room, yet holds everything I need at my bedside, with the convenience of USB for my phone and tablet. And, the cup holder is big enough for my biggest insulated cup. It’s also secure, so it does not move unless I move it."


A Sleek & Slim Bedside Pocket Caddy

If aesthetics and organization are both important to you, then this Kikkerland bedside caddy is calling your name. Made of a gray felt fabric, the single pocket caddy is stylish and ultra-slim — no bulky pockets here. The 11.1- by 8.7- by 4.5-inch caddy is a good size for holding magazines, glasses, your phone, and more. And Amazon reviewers are certainly impressed by this pick. They give it a standout 4.7-star rating after more than 500 reviews.

Enthusiastic Amazon review: "So useful! I am going to buy these for gifts for my family. The grey fabric is very nice. It is quite sturdy and should last for many years. Can't beat the price! I also like the slim profile as my bedspread drapes nicely over the caddy. It hold more than I expected it to. Good buy!"


An Extra-Secure Bedside Pocket Caddy With Straps

If you’ve got a bunk or lofted bed, this Surblue caddy is worth an “add to cart.” The pocket-style caddy features three Velcro straps for extra-secure attachment, so you can rest easy knowing that it will stay in place. And when it comes to storage, the caddy boasts eight compartments in a range of sizes. Choose from six different color options.

Amazon reviewers report that this caddy has become a necessity in their homes. They give this pick a solid 4.5-star rating, with 250 and growing reviews.

Enthusiastic Amazon review: "My 7 year old loves having this on the top bunk so she can store her books, tablet, drink, glasses, and anything else she needs during the night. The straps are durable and never come undone on their own."

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Make a bedside gadget caddy and stuff holder to organize your bedroom space

I’ve had this Bedside Organiser on my To Do list for well over a year. I don’t know what took me so long because it’s awesome and has made my space so much more pleasant to be in.

I’m not a very organised person and can sort of ignore a moderate amount of mess, but after a while it gets me down, so it was time to do something about it.

This Bedside Gadget Caddy is designed to hold everything that I like to keep on hand so I’ve designed it to suit my needs. Originally (last year) I was just going to make a pocket for my iPad but I’m quite happy that I waited and made a caddy to hold everything, as you can see from the picture below, I really had to sort out the clutter situation.

Bedside mess

You can use my exact pattern or adjust it slightly to fit your space and gadget holding requirements.
The fabric I’ve used for this project was bought in Japan as a precut a few years ago so I don’t know where it can be found locally (sorry), but I’m sure you can find similar quilted fabrics, or maybe quilt some yourself.

Here I am in Fabric Town (a suburb of Tokyo) looking through all the gorgeous pre-quilted fabrics.

Shopping in fabric town tokyo japan

I’ve been saving this piece for the perfect project, now I get to enjoy it every day.
The measurements of he original fabric piece (full width x 20″) dictated the size of the caddy, I used every piece as I didn’t want to waste any. You can adjust the width if you have a smaller piece of quilted fabric.

Sorry all the measurements are in inches because it was just easier.

You will need:

Bed side caddy supplies

  • 20″ (42″ Min width) Double sided pre-quilted cotton (Denim or heavy weight upholstery fabric will do in a pinch) See cutting guide below for actual piece sizes.
  • 112″ (285cm) x 1″ wide Bias tape, twill tape or ribbon folded and ironed lengthways (get a little more just in case). I used bias binding that I had on hand.
  • 20″ x 20″ Old blanket or towel (anything textured or grippy will do)
  • General sewing supplies

How to:

I’ve broken the instructions up into a few stages to make it easier to follow


Cut fabric pieces as follows:

  • Blanket 20″ x 20″

From Quilted fabric:

  • Piece A 20″ x 25″
  • Piece B 20″ x 10.5″
  • Piece C 20″ x 6″

fabric cutting guide


Here is an overview if how the layers will fit together
Layer assembly diagram
Binding raw edges:
Pin and sew your chosen binding onto the top edge of pieces B and C.

Attach binding to edge

Make sure your stitches catch both the front and the back of your binding.

Sew binding catching back edge

To create pocket unit:
Lay piece C over B and sew a seam 5″ across (one quarter of the distance) to create small pockets on piece C. (see image)

Assembly step 2

Make sure you reinforce the top end of the seam by going back and forth a few times.

Making pocket

Mark the center of piece A and then lay pocket unit face down with the bottom of the pockets lining up with the center of piece A. Sew a 1/2″ seam as marked.

Assembly step 3

sew 1/2" seam

Flip pocket unit over – it should look like this.

flip pocket unit

Stitch over piece B and C in the center to create large pockets. (see image)

Make large pocket

Lay flat and trim any excess from edges


Add binding to both sides of piece A including the pocket panel too.

bind edges

bind edges 2

Attaching Blanket Piece

The diagram below shows how the blanket piece will attach to the pocket section.

attaching blanket diag

With piece A facing down, pin blanket piece to wrong side.

attaching blanket

Fold piece A over and sandwich the blanket in between with about 1″ overlap.

attaching blanket

With a wide zig zag stitch, sew over the edge of the quilted fabric catching the front and the back, as well as the blanket piece.

sew with zig zag stitch

It should look like this

bed caddy assembly

This part is optional:
If you would like to neaten the look of the zig zag seam, you can cover it with some of your binding trim and top stitch in place.


Your bedside caddy is now ready!

Finished bedside caddy flat

How to use

Slip the blanket section between the mattress and base, if you tuck it in properly you shouldn’t see the blanket at all. My mattress is really heavy so it can hold quite a bit of weight in the pockets without slipping.

Bed side caddy and gadget pocket holder

As you can see I have created pockets for all my gadgets and clutter. I have spots for remote controls, my iPad, large headphones and books, as well as all the little bits and pieces like specs and ear buds.
I also have a hidden large pocket that I can use to slide larger items in if required like a laptop, newspaper or magazine.

Side pocket in bedside caddy

What a difference it makes! No more tripping over clutter or knocking stuff off my bedside table in the middle of the night.

Bedside caddy after

Bedside stuff holder to tidy up bedroom clutter. Pattern and instructions

This bedside caddy would also be great in a kids room to hold books and toys, in a nursery for nappy changing needs or if you like to craft in bed, you can use it to hold projects safely out of the way.
Once you make one you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!

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I don’t know about you, but my nightstand is pretty crowded. There are books and magazines and lotions and a clock and remotes and, and, and! This handy bed caddy allows me to keep my most-used items right at my fingertips, and the top of my nightstand stays tidy. The pockets all have the perfect expandable gusset: big enough to easily slide stuff in and out, but not so big that things topple out.

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I don’t know about you, but my nightstand is pretty crowded. There are books and magazines and lotions and a clock and remotes and, and, and! This handy bed caddy allows me to keep my most-used items right at my fingertips, and the top of my nightstand stays tidy. The pockets all have the perfect expandable gusset: big enough to easily slide stuff in and out, but not so big that things topple out.

We used two coordinating Amy Butler fabrics in a decorator weight: a solid in Leaf and Garden Knot in Olive from her August Fields collection. You really need the extra heft in the fabric for both strength and stability.

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  • Fabric for base: ¾ yard of 54″ decorator weight fabric: we used Amy Butler’s Decorator Solids in Leaf
    if you don’t choose a solid, you will likely need a full yard to account for directional patterns
  • Fabric for binding and pockets: ½ yard of 54″ decorator weight fabric: we used Amy Butler’s August Fields in Garden Knot Olive
  • Gripper fabric: one piece apx 20″ x 4″
    NOTE: this is like the traction fabric used on the bottom of feetie pajamas – it can be found in stores and online under the names Slipper Gripper and Jiffy Grip
  • All purpose thread
  • See-through ruler
  • Fabric pencil
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • Straight pins

Some important notes on sizing

Our pocket sizes were determined based on the things we wanted to store; you’ll have different stuff, and you can change the pocket sizes to get the best fit. Remember, the pockets can go horizontally or vertically. Do whatever works best in your space. We needed the following items handy: a Logitech Harmony One remote, an iPhone 3GS, a Sonos Controller 200, and an issue of Martha Stewart Living.

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Also, bed frames and mattress depths vary considerably. So before you decide our measurements are going to be perfect for your bed and your arm, we recommend grabbing your cloth tape measure, a note pad and a pencil, and heading on over to your bed. Lift up the mattress and insert the end of the tape measure about 18″ (make sure you insert the 1″ end). Drop the mattress and let the other end of the tape measure fall to the floor. Climb in bed, but do not go to sleep! Instead, drop your arm over the side of the bed and gauge a comfortable reach for the pockets. Grab the tape measure at the points you think are good for the pockets, note these measurements on your pad of paper. Finally, get out of bed (I know …. bummer!) and pick the bottom point. This should be an inch or so from the floor. If you have a dust ruffle, you could make the bottom of the caddy flush with the that.

Okay … now you can start

  1. Lay out base (solid) fabric and measure, draw and cut a rectangle 20″ wide x 34″ high.
  2. All the pockets have side gussets for expansion and an inside lining for stability. The lining fabric folds over the top to mimic binding. This means 3½” must be added to the finished width and ¼” to the finished height for the outside or printed fabric. And, 3½” must be added to the finished width and 1¼” to the finished height for the inside or solid fabric.
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  3. For our sample, we chose three small pockets and one large pocket.
    Pocket 1: Finished size needed to be 3″ wide x 4″ high. From the printed fabric we cut a rectangle 6½” wide and 4¼” high. And from the solid fabric we cut a rectangle if 6½” wide and 5¼” high.
    Pocket 2: Finished size needed to be 2½” wide x 4″ high. From the printed fabric we cut a rectangle 6″ wide and 4¼” high. And from the solid fabric we cut a rectangle if 6″ wide and 5¼” high.
    Pocket 3: Finished size needed to be 6½” wide x 4½” high. From the printed fabric we cut a rectangle 10″ wide and 4¾” high. And from the solid fabric we cut a rectangle if 10″ wide and 5¾” high.
    Pocket 4: Finished size needed to be 9½” wide x 10″ high. From the printed fabric we cut a rectangle 13″ wide and 10¼” high. And from the solid fabric we cut a rectangle if 13″ wide and 11¼” high.
  4. For the edge binding, cut two strips of the printed fabric 2″ wide x 22″ long and two strips of printed fabric 2″ wide x 34″ long.
    NOTE: You’ll need to cut these pieces across the width of your 54″ decorator fabric.
  5. Cut a strip of gripper fabric 20″ wide x 4″ high. Finish the raw edges with pinking shears or a pinking rotary cutter. You could also serge the edge or fold under ¼” and edge stitch. This gripper fabric will help make your caddy extra resistant to slipping.

Constructing the base

  1. Place the 20″ x 4″ gripper fabric against the back side of the base fabric, positioning it 4″ from top edge and edge-to-edge across the width. Pin.
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  2. Edgestitch in place.
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  3. If gripper fabric does not slide freely under your machine’s presser foot, place a sheet of wax paper over the gripper fabric and stitch on top of the wax paper. The wax paper tears away from the stitching easily when finished.
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  4. Take your four pieces of binding fabric and create a double fold binding tape. Iron each strip in half, right sides facing out, then open and fold each edge to the middle. Press both new folds, then fold in half again and press. This will create two strips of binding tape ½” x 22″ and two strips ½” x 34″. If you are new to creating binding, read our BiasBinding tutorial.
  5. First, sew the binding on each side of the base fabric.
  6. Then sew the binding to the top and bottom edges, overlapping the side bindings at each corner with a folded, finished edge. Again, for step-by-step help attaching binding, see our tutorial, Bias Tape: How To Make It & Attach It.
  7. Set your completed base piece aside.

Constructing the pockets

  1. Lay out all your printed and solid pocket pairs with right sides together. Line up the bottom edges of the solid and printed fabrics. The top edge of the solid fabric should extend 1″ above the top edge of the printed fabric.
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  2. For EACH pair: pin together, and using with ¼” seam allowance, stitch the two sides and the bottom edge. Leave the top edge open.
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  3. Trim the bottom corners diagonally ( to make a cleaner point), turn all the pockets right side out and press.
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  4. Take one pocket. Fold down the solid fabric top edge ½” and press. Fold it down another ½” to cover the top raw edge of the printed fabric. Press.
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  5. Stitch along the edge of this folded ‘faux binding’ with a straight or zig-zag stitch. We chose a zig zag stitch.
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  6. Repeat with remaining three pockets.
  7. To form the side gussets, fold each side of the pocket back 1½” and press to create a firm fold.
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  8. Edgestitch along the fold and then stitch again 1/8″ from the first edgestitching to create double stitching lines. Do this along both folds.
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  9. Fan fold the side flap back towards the side edge. Press firmly. Fan fold the other side flap. Press.
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  10. Repeat for each pocket. Set all the pockets aside.
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  11. Lay out your base fabric piece and use your fabric pencil to draw guides for your pocket placement. If you’re duplicating our design: measure 1½” in from each side edge and draw a 15″ vertical line along each side. Then, measure 3″ in from the bottom edge and draw a horizontal line straight across.
  12. Using your drawn lines as guides, square up the largest pocket first (in our sample, the #4 pocket). Line up the right hand side of the pocket with the right vertical line and the bottom of the pocket with the bottom horizontal line.
  13. Pin the pleated edge to the base fabric along both sides.
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  14. Edgestitch each side of the pocket to the fabric base, then stitch again about 1/8″ from the first edgestitching line. Leave the bottom edge open. Remove from the machine.
  15. Fold the gussets out to their final position and pin the the bottom edge of the pocket to the base fabric. Stitch the bottom closed by edge stitching through all layers, then stitch again about 1/8″ from the first edgestitching line. Start and stop these seams at the corners to best match the vertical stitching lines of the gusset’s fold.
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  16. Lay pocket #3 on the base fabric, lining up the bottom and left side edge with your drawn lines on the left side and bottom. Pin and stitch as indicated above in steps 13-15.
  17. Lay pocket #1 on the base fabric about 1½” above pocket #3 and lined up with the left side vertical drawn line. Pin and stitch as indicated above in steps 13-15.
  18. Lay pocket #2 on the base fabric about 1½” above pocket #3 and ½” to the right of pocket #1. Pin and stitch as indicated above in steps 13-15.
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  19. Slide your caddy between the mattress and box springs. Adjust so the pockets fall within arm’s reach.

What are all those double stitching lines for?

These pockets need to hold some heavy things, and the gussets need to flex in and out repeatedly. The double lines of stitching keep the seams nice and secure. Double lines for double strength!

Stitching through the layers

When you’re sewing the pockets to the base fabric, and you get to the corners, you will be stitching through a lot of layers!

Go slowly and carefully. Rather than using the foot pedal, sometimes it helps to use your machine’s handwheel to crank through the last half to quarter inch, and go stitch-by-stitch.

This is also the time to use your lock stitch button if you have one. If you don’t, hit reverse and use the handwheel again to back tack a few stitches.


Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Coreation: Dianne LeBlanc

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Easiest to Use

Felt Bedside Caddy


Keep it simple with this one-pocket felt bedside caddy, which has plenty of room for magazines, your phone, and whatever else you like to keep on-hand. 


Best All-Around

Felt Bedside Pocket Caddy


If you like the felt look of the first caddy but prefer more individual pockets for better organizing, this pick is your best bet. It features one large pocket (big enough for a laptop!) and four smaller pockets, and it comes in two shades of gray. 


Most Affordable

Hanging Pocket Caddy



This simple hanging caddy has plenty of pockets and a beverage holder, comes in five colors (including this subtle blush pink), and is available for just $10. 


Best for Dorms

Non-Slip Bedside Caddy


Anyone who has ever spent time in a dorm room knows that outlets are hard to come by, so this hanging caddy which features a holder for a surge protector, is genius. No more moving that heavy, school-issued furniture just to get to your computer charger!


Largest Size

Stackers Large Bedside Pocket


If you need your bedside caddy to provide you with tons of storage space, go with this hanging pocket option. At 24 inches, it's the widest option on the list, and it features 6 pockets and cable loops to keep your chargers organized. 


Most Stylish

Leather Bedside Caddy


If you feel like a standard bedside caddy is too boring for your taste, try this leather option. It's handmade, comes with a 101 year warranty, and is absolutely perfect for a more rustic bedroom look. 


Most Organized

Bedside Bunk Bed Organizer


This organizer has pockets for everything, including dedicated tissue box and beverage holders, making it great for bunk beds where it's even harder to reach what you need. Of course, this one is also deeper and more structured, so it's worth noting that it won't be easily hidden by your bedding like the others. 


Best for Techies

Deluxe Bedside Organizer


This bedside organizer goes above and beyond, with sections for your phone, tablet, books, remotes, and a beverage. But the best part? It also has a dual USB-charging port inside, so you can charge two devices at once. 


Best Shelf

The Original Bedside Shelf


If you prefer a shelf to the standard hanging pocket, try the BedShelfie, which clamps onto your bed frame and can safely hold up to 15 pounds.


Best Wall-Mounted Option

Bedside Wall Organizer


If you're on the hunt for something like a bedside caddy but don't actually want to hang anything from your bed, try this wall-mounted caddy, which you can place next to your headboard in place of a nightstand. It sticks on easily without causing wall damage, so it's dorm and rental-friendly. 

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