Build a DIY nightstand with a wooden frame is a simple and entertaining project, however, ensure that you approach it with great care. Prepare accurate detailed plans and keep them somewhere you can see them; if not you could risk having disastrous results. Make sure that you measure the space available, as well as the size of the night stand, before you begin construction. If you are not exactly sure about the height, width and length of your furniture you could use some guidelines and do a few measurements of friends’ furniture.
Before you begin building your diy nightstand, decide what sort of shape you want it to be in. The most common shape for a nightstand is a square one, although you can always design yours to look a bit more unique. Square is fairly simple to make, so if you have access to timber, a table or a chair, you could easily build one. You will need a table saw, a drill, screwdriver, pliers and some nails, all of which you should borrow from your local handyman.
Use a jigsaw to cut along the lines you have drawn on your sheet of paper. It is important that all your joints are tightly joined otherwise the whole nightstand will come apart quite easily. When you fit the first piece of wood into place, use a timber pin to hold it in place. This will ensure that the next pieces of wood do not move out of position when you bend and adjust the next ones. A small notch at the top of the nightstand will allow you to hang a cloth or towel to protect it from the elements and will give you an easy place to display your collectibles and gifts.
Most DIY will recommend using a panel board for this project. The great thing about the panel board is that it is quite strong and can be bent and curved as required. When measuring for your DIY nightstand, make sure you take accurate dimensions, and measure down one inch from the corner. The next step is to measure out the space that you have available, and start your cuts.
The first type of DIY work I will discuss involves working with pocket holes screws. These are simply little screws that attach side panels to the base of your DIY bedside table. They can be drilled into any suitable material, but are particularly useful for keeping glass or other fragile materials from falling in on you!
To create your wonderful DIY bedside table, first drill a couple of large holes into the wooden legs. Once you have done this, pull off a section of the wooden leg, and tap into the wall to screw the leg back into place. Repeat this for the remaining legs, coring the legs together and then fastening them onto the stand with some pocket hole screws. It’s important to attach the feet onto the stand correctly, using some screws so that they don’t move when you lift the bedside table to use it on the floor. Once this is done, attach the beautiful night stand arms, making sure you drill the holes for them through both sides of the frame of the shelf.
Next, attach the arm arms to the sides of the shelves, making sure they are square with the corners. Once you have done this, screw the wooden frame into the floor, and then attach the two side frames, again using pocket holes screws so that they don’t move while you use the stand on the floor. Finally you can attach the light switch and insert the bulb and its wire harness into its carrying case. This is now your completed DIY Nightstand. You can then attach the two end tables, using some coordinating paint and fabric, and finish it off by attaching a couple of wooden bookmarks to the bottom shelf with butterfly wings.
Now that you have completed your DIY Nightstand, the next step is to make your own nightstand drawer slides out of some wood. The easiest way to make these is to use some dowels that you have cut to be used as a drawer slides. Drill some small holes into the dowels to allow for the screws to be pulled through and attach the slides to the wooden frame. Glue the slides in place and then attach the drawer slides to the sides of the shelves.