Chairs as nightstands? Great way to get two uses out of a furniture piece in an apartment and you can never have enough chairs, anyway. Consider cutting a glass overlay for the seat in the same shape so things on your "nightstand" are more stable.
No room for a nightstand beside the bed? Hang shelves on the wall instead. In the room above, wall shelves provide a catch-all for books and other sundries in a super-narrow sleeping space. Design Dozen: 12 Clever Space-Saving Solutions for Small Bedrooms