15 DIY Free Nightstand Plans

Build a Bedside Table With These Free DIY Plans

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These free nightstand table plans have everything you need to build a complete bedside table to keep everything you need at reach. Building instructions, diagrams, and color photos take you through each step of building one.

There are many different styles of nightstand plans below ranging from the rustic to the contemporary. They come in a wide variety of styles and many of the plans can easily be tweaked to make the night stand truly your own.

Build one of these bedside tables and you'll...MORE have a useful piece of furniture that you can pass on to your children and them to theirs. Complete the look with a hand built dresser using one of these free dresser plans.

I also keep a list of other free woodworking plans like ones to help you build a entertainment center, shelfdeskfarmhouse table, coffee tablebookshelfpotting benchtiny housecabinbirdhouserouter tabledeer standswing setplayhouseporch swinghome bartree housejewelry boxloft bedgreenhousepergolagazebodeck, and Adirondack chair.

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    Picture of a nightstand with a lamp in a bedroom
    That's My Letter

    You can use this plan from Ana White to build a very attractive nightstand. It ends up standing 22" tall, 20" wide, and protruding nearly 18" from the wall.

    All the information for assembling this project is included in Ana's plan, with tips, plenty of detail, and illustrations describing each and every piece and their dimensions. There's also a full shopping list and cut list so you can be 100% prepared before getting started.

    That's My Letter may have some additional information.

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    A DIY nightstand featuring a sliding barn door
    Shanty 2 Chic

    If you are a fan of farmhouse decor, you're going to love this DIY nightstand plan from Shanty 2 Chic.

    This nightstand features a small sliding barn door give you both closed and open storage. A solid top and a strong base make this a nice piece of furniture for any bedroom in your home.

    Colored photos and written instructions will help you to build this beautiful piece of furniture. 

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    Picture of two nightstands next to a matching dresser
    Jen Woodhouse

    Another wonderful nightstand project can be had at The House of Wood. There's a 30" long drawer at the top of this nightstand with two shelves below it.

    Also in there are some different close-up views of the nightstand that should help you when assembling it.

    Here's a matching dresser plan from The House of Wood if you'd like to make a set.

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    Picture of a white nightstand with a clock and lamp
    Pneumatic Addict

    With the right finish, this nightstand can turn out very nice. It has two large drawers and a tabletop around 29" long. The whole nightstand stands around 28" off the ground.

    Plenty of detailed written instructions, actual construction photos, and illustrations are given in this plan to make it that much easier to understand.

    Continue to 5 of 15 below.
  • 05 of 15
    A wooden night stand with a drawer and shelf
    Rogue Engineer

    Get the best of both design and function with this free DIY nightstand plan from Rogue Engineer. The design features a table top extension, a drawer, and an open shelf. Stylish yet simple X's on the sides complete the look. 

    You can get this plan for free which includes color photos, diagrams, required tools list, materials list, and step-by-step building instructions. 

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    Picture of a nightstand with a hidden drawer
    Instructables.com / hattrick2199

    Quite different from the other nightstands in this list, this one has three regular drawers but also a hidden drawer that uses a locking mechanism to keep its contents secure.

    Designing this bedside table likely required a bit more effort than for a simple one with regular drawers, so building it may also show to be a little more difficult.

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    Illustration of a green nightstand
    Old Paint Design

    Old Paint Design has this DIY nightstand plan to attempt to recreate this $300+ Chelsea Bedside Table, and it does a wonderful job at it.

    As the picture illustrates, there's a large compartment at the top to store things for quick access but also a drawer for even more storage.

    In ten steps, Old Paint Design includes several drawings, material lists, and clear instructions to make it easy to build this bedside table, and ​much cheaper than spending over $300 on a replica.

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    Picture of a floating nightstand
    My Love 2 Create

    Why build a bedside table with legs when you can have it float right next to your bed! Because you can adjust precisely where it goes, this nightstand can be at the perfect reach from your bed.

    With some tinkering and proper placement, you may even be able to hide electronics cords on the underside of the nightstand for a more clean and concise look.

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    Illustration of a nightstand
    MoreLikeHome.net

    This nightstand is like some of the others ​on this list and should be simple to piece together. There are two legs made from a total of six cuts and then a rectangle with one open side - how hard could that be!

    The cuts that are required for this bedside table are given for you so you can make and label them with the same letters given in the plan details. Then, when putting the pieces together, the instructions call for specific letters so that you can easily understand how the parts fit together.

    There are several illustrations along the way to guide you through the whole project.

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    Picture of a nightstand with a drawer and plant
    Rogue Engineer

    I like this nightstand plan because it's like a mixture of the two previous plans from the first page of this list- you get the drawer for some privacy and to hide clutter, but you also have an open shelf for quick access.

    There are several assembly photos and illustrations with clear dimensions to help you put this modern bedside table together.

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    Illustration of a white nightstand
    Designs by Studio C

    This smooth bedside table from Designs by Studio C should be easy enough to build given that the plan instructions are super simple to follow.

    As you can see in the picture, there are two drawers in this nightstand and there's nothing else too fancy that should be difficult to construct. It's basically just a box that's open on one side for some drawers, but it still manages to look super nice.

    All the materials, tools and lumber are listed out for you so you can be sure you have all that's needed to build the table. There's also a cut list that outlines all the different pieces you'll need to make.

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    Illustration of a white and brown nightstand with a drawer
    MoreLikeHome.net

    This is another nightstand plan from More Like Home, and it's pretty similar in design to the other one in this list but instead has a drawer and tapered legs.

    Before getting started, look through the shopping list at the top of the plan to be sure you can gather all the materials for the nightstand.

    Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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    Illustration of a nightstand
    The Design Confidential

    This particular nightstand plan from The Design Confidential definitely uses a more basic design, but that may be exactly what you're looking for in a bedside table.

    The nightstand is a square that's 20" by 20" inches and stands 17" off the ground. It's estimated that this nightstand should cost you between $25 and $75, but that hinges entirely on whether or not you already have the necessary supplies.

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    Illustration of a bedside table
    The Design Confidential

    I personally don't think this nightstand looks anything near as sleek or attractive as the others in this list, but I thought it was interesting enough to add; maybe you'll love it!

    The side-to-side length of this nightstand is just over 35", and it stands around 3 feet from the ground. The smaller compartments are 13" and 7.5" wide, so I'm sure you could find something useful to store in them.

    Though it looks a bit intimating at first, The Design Confidential always does a great job at describing how to build its projects with illustrations and detailed steps.

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    Couple building some furniture units for the new home
    xavierarnau / Getty Images

    This plan is for building a nightstand with a curved front to avoid the standard flat front seen by most other bedside tables.

    There are lots of written instructions but only a few images, so be sure to read through them carefully. There's also a table showing exactly what wood is needed to build the whole frame and drawers.

    Amateur Woodworker's bedside table plan can definitely be used as a nightstand but you may find other uses in it, especially since it reminds me of a simple entertainment center.