In Victorian times the main purpose of a bedside cabinet was to provide an enclosed area for storage of a chamber pot, and a stand for a pitcher of water and a wash basin. Nowadays the majority of homes in the west have running water in the bathroom and a flushing toilet, yet bedside cabinets have remained a popular accessory for the convenient storage of all items which may be needed in easy reach during the night. Bedside lamps, glasses of water, reading glasses and books are all commonly stored on or within a bedside cabinet. The enclosed area underneath can be used to store an extra blanket for colder nights, or for cosmetics, medicines and other supplies that are required either during the night, before bed or first thing on a morning. A pair of bedside cabinets provides balance to the overall design of the bedroom, giving a touch of elegance in addition to a practical function.