You'll want the machine about the same height as your bed so using a nightstand would work fine. I put two nightstands together next to my mom's bed and the machine sits on one and the other holds the 2nd bag and a lamp. She sits on the edge of her bed and can load the casette, spike bags and hook up. Then she slides into bed. It works for us this way. (well, when we were doing it, but that's still a continuing story..lol) Anyway, I put some shelves in the closet so I can take the bags out of the boxes and place them on the shelf. It gives you more room with the bags out of the boxes and I can store a week's worth with no problem. Our box supply is in the basement so it's not too bad.