How to Build a Nightstand
Time Required: 2-4 hours
Turn two large wood crates into a stylish double drawer nightstand with this simple, five-step DIY. Use this as bedside storage or anywhere in the house you could use some extra space.
Measure and mark:
- Six 13 ¼-inch side boards from the 1- x 2-inch x 8-foot common board
- Four 23 7/8-inch vertical boards from one of the 1- x 4-inch x 8-foot common boards
- Four 18 ¼-inch back boards from the other 1- x 4-inch x 8-foot common boards
- One 20 ¼- x 13 ¾-inch section from the sanded plywood board
- Using your circular saw and clamps, cut along your marks.
- You should now have six 1 x 2 x 13 ¼-inch pieces, four 1- x 4- x 23 7/8-inch pieces, four 1- x 4- x 18 ¼-inch pieces and one 20 ¼- x 13 ¾- x 23/32-inch piece of plywood.
Tip: If you’re planning to paint or stain your nightstand, give it a good sanding, then paint or stain and allow to dry completely before it’s assembled.
- Lay two of the 23 7/8-inch vertical boards 6 ½ inches apart.
- Place three of your 13 ¼-inch sideboard pieces on top, evenly spaced between the vertical boards, and attach them with the brad nailer.
- Repeat with the other two 23 7/8-inch vertical boards and 13 ¼-inch sideboards.
Tip: Be sure that the spacing on the side boards matches.
- Connect the side frames you’ve just built to the back board.
- Position the two side frames parallel to each other with the sideboards facing inward.
- Sandwich the four 18 ¼-inch back boards between the two frames with two of the back boards above the bottom sideboards and the other two back boards above the middle sideboards.
- Secure the back boards to the side frames with a brad nailer and nails.
- Place the 20 ¼-inch by 13 ¾-inch plywood board on top of the frame, leaving a ¼-inch overhang on all sides.
- Use your brad nailer to secure it to the frame.
- Slide the crates into the frame, slatted-side facing outward, so that each one rests on top of the side boards.