Basically, I needed to ensure that my flashlight wouldn’t leave the nightstand. If your nightstand has a drawer, that could be all it takes, but not if the drawer can fly out; and if you occasionally use the flashlight for other purposes while a partner is asleep in the bed, the drawer could be noisy. What I did was mind-numbingly simple but surprisingly effective.
I had a cheap stretchable fabric belt holster, which came with one of my flashlights, that holds the wider front end of the flashlight snugly but it’s still easy to get it in or out if inserted or removed straight. I stuck a 3M Command Strip (love those things), the kind that adheres until you pull the tab to stretch it and then it lets go, directly to the flat part of the holster, reinforced it with a few staples, and the stuck down the other face of the Command Strip to my nightstand. This thing has been around since the 1960s and the surface is pretty marred up, so if I try to remove the strip one of these days and it doesn’t come off perfectly from the wood, that will be ok; but I will be surprised if the 3M strip leaves marks on the wood. So that the staples won’t scratch up the flashlight (I guess I care more about the flashlight than the nightstand), I took black electrical tape and put a strip on the inside of the flat part to cover the staples, sticking far enough toward the opening that the flashlight can slide along the tape on its way in to the holster. Voila!
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