Check out these 11 stunning DIY nightstands you can easily build from scratch. Includes video instructions, tips and a list of materials you'll need.
1. The Hanging Nightstand
Why on Earth should physics and inside the box thinking figure into your nightstand adventure? Toss away the old conventions. Seize the dragon by the tail. Run buck naked and screaming into that void. Be bold, be wacky, and, best of all, be cheap. This Urban Outfitter inspired design was reversed engineered on a rather nice budget and flung onto YouTube by gamer, fashionista, and cool gal… Katherine Elizabeth.
- Yard or tensile strength rope.
- Boards and planks from a fruit crate.
- Selling hook
- It’s a flimsy construction, so, fair warning, don’t put anything too heavy on it.
- Snap the planks off in an uneven fashion; it gives it a rather cool rustic/grunge look.
- If you want, you can waterproof or paint the wooden boards.
2. The Modern Nightstand
Did you excel at shop class? Are your woodworking skills par to none? Does your parents’ garage look like a furniture factory? Or, did you simply pass by Home Depot and get a craving for a buzzsaw one day? Well, good news! You can finally dust off that tool and get cracking. This design is a beauty. The sort of thing that any shop would easily bill you a few Franklins for.
- 1’’ x 12’’ piece of lumber.
- Four 1’’ by 12’’ pieces, all of which need to be 48’’ long.
- Circular saw.
- Crosscut jig.
- Dowel jig.
- Nail gun.
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- Go over the step-by-step guide: https://www.homedit.com/diy-nightstand/
- Cut everything separately.
- If you have a wood filler, use into smooth out the joints.
- Paint it and stain it as you like.
3. Wall Mounted Nightstand With Secret Compartment
If you are like me, the second you see LED lights on anything you instantly get acid flashbacks of Vegas. Of that one weekend, you hardly remember except for visions of glittering things and sequined bikinis (which, let’s be honest, is all you truly need to remember). Now, if you add to that a secret compartment, plus the stand looks like it’s defying gravity, well you might as well take my money and run. This DIY primarypiece is simple, fast, easy and, more importantly, kickass!
- LED strips.
- A ruler or a measuring tape.
- Money to purchase the plans
- Purchase the plans: https://gumroad.com/l/mGZU
- If you really want to have it done fast, get the wood sawed by a professional. Just hand over the measurements and be done with it.
- Be creative with the paint and the LEDs color. You could always go the pastel route, or dare a bit with a hardcore, black and red, affair.
4. Marble Nightstand
Inspired by TUMBLR, hacked from a budget-friendly IKEA doodad, this ingenious doohickey can be achieved faster than it takes you to read this whole article. It’s budget friendly. It’s ultra, one would even say you only need one neuron, easy.
- Marble contact paper.
- IKEA Tarva nightstand.
- Vintage shelves numb, in case you want to take out the wooden one.
- Wait to dry.
- Plaster on contact paper.
- Go to sleep.
5. Mirrored Nightstand
I like to call this one the Predator Nightstand. Each time you come into your bedroom you’ll feel like Arnie or Blane, on the lookout and be searching for one of those top notch General Electric barrel mini guns. It’s a bit spooky but it is also very, very cool.
- Cheap Nightstand or IKEA Rast Chest
- Mirrored Glass
- Mirror, Marble & Granite Adhesive (w/Culk Gun)
- Acrylic Knobs
- E600 Glue
- Metallic Silver Spray Paint
- My usual advice is to be creative with the paint job, NOT HERE. Part of the effect comes from the metallic silver spray paint. Stay on point otherwise, you’ll bump the job up.
- Paint and wait for it to dry out.
- Use clamps when gluing the mirrors to the wood otherwise they’ll start to separate.
6. Lamp Included
There are two great things about this particular DIY.
1- You don’t have to build, hack, or construct nothin’. Nope, all you really have to do is assemble.
2- It comes with a quick fix for a really cool lamp. Best of all, at no extra charge!
- Stool table.
- Glass bottle.
- Fabric for the lamp shade.
- Splurge on the stool table; they are generally pretty cheap.
- Buy a long lasting light bulb. It won’t head up the glass, plus you won’t need to replace it (which is always a hassle) for a long time.
7. The Pallet Partaking
Look out your window, drive around the block, take a run through the neighborhood, did you see them? Look closely. It’s an insidious invasion. We’ve been asleep through the whole enterprise. Our eyes so used to spot them that we hardly managed to notice the hazard. There! Did you catch them? Pilling up like an entrenched army ready for action. Hundreds of them. Thousands. Millions. We are being overrun by pallets. No one really knows where they came from. Scientists speculate that a rift in the space-time continuum has allowed their species to breach into this dimension. Scholars look out to the stars for answers. The kooks talk about hallow Earth conspiracy theories. Yet, the only thing they are sure of is the fact that they are here to stay. And, since we no longer have POW camps, we, as a species, has decided to put those wooden monstrosities to work… wait, I just suddenly realized that paragraph went off the rails. I’m not endorsing pallet slavery!
“Pallets of the world unite! Demand fair wages for your troubles!”
- Tools all of the ones you have on hand.
- Use biscuit joiners and table top fasteners.
- Use paint to contrast with the worn wood to give it an elegant flare.
8. James Bond’s Nightstand
Isn’t it always the case: you are knee-deep in bed, no doubt your arms wrapped around the naked shoulders of a Swedish swimsuit model. Bliss and the haze of vodka martinis egging you on. Her dolce exotic tone telling you: “You are the best I’ve ever had.” Everything right in the world, when BANG! Your skyline crashes down on you, window panes raining everywhere and a dozen ninjas come rappelling through the hole; each demanding your head. Isn’t it always the case? Happens to me, at the very least, once every two weeks. The other week, I have to deal with the cyborg crashing through by bathroom door while I entertain the ever eager Australian lingerie model.
Well, luckily, TacticalAdv has devised the proper nightstand to fend off the horde of knives disturbing your sleep.
It’s a two step video, but trust me, when the fecal festoon river sails in, you’ll thank your lucky stars you heeded its instructions.
- Old nightstand or IKEA new.
- Foam cutter.
- Measuring tape.
- Small arsenal.
- Keep the safety on. Don’t shoot your toe off in the process.
- Once painted and dry, oil up the edges of compartments – with gun oil – so your piece doesn’t stick to the padding.
9. Minimalist Bedside Table
- Hairpin legs.
- Silicone/liquid nails
- Go nuts on the color. Rachel uses black for her decor; in normal tends to bring the room down. Be creative.
10. Barn Door Nightstand
Not only is it a very cool looking nightstand, but the best thing is that it looks extremely expensive… and it’s NOT. This adorable nightstand, devised by Shanty2Chic is one of the most amazing pieces in this article. It looks hard, it looks daunting, but trust me it isn’t
- Barn door (available at any hardware store).
- 3/4″ sheet of 4×8 plywood
- 1/4″ sheet of 4×4 plywood
- 3/4″ x 1/2″ Trim
- 1 1/4″ Brad nails
- 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
- Barn Door Hardware
- Wood Glue
- Although you can buy a barn door at any hardware store, Shanty2Chic gives you a workaround for a custom job.
- Don’t paint it. Use Danish oil or wood stainer to give it a nice rustic look.
11. Copper Nightstand
A quick easy fix to spice up your bedroom and give it that IT, that spark, it previously lacked.
“But,” you decide to rain on my parade. “That’s not a nightstand. That’s a wine bar.”
Use your imagination. Tweak the measurements a bit and BOOM. You have instant romance in the bedroom, you’re welcome. What’s more posh and sensual than a wine bar next to your bed?
- Copper Pipe
- Marble, tone or wood with marble contact paper.
- Tubbing cutters.
- Gorilla Glue.
- Hot Glue gun
- There are a dozen or so instructional video on the net detailing how to construct a copper nightstand. BUT, only one that tells you how to add a wine rack.
- Leave two days or so between using the gorilla glue and the final assembly. Really let that mother stick and dry solid.
- A few minutes of sanding gives any stone a nice finish.