Day 25 - let's get started! You can see links to the complete series here, and learn about my Lowe's gift card giveaway here. In this series, we're seeing what we can make out of 2x4's. I want to keep it cheap, keep it easy, and keep it totally doable for anyone. Today's project is another favorite. We're building a simple modern nightstand!
This night stand is super easy to build and had a fun chunky modern style. It has a shelf perfect for stashing a couple books or magazines out of sight. The space underneath can hold a basket for extra blankets, a garbage can, or even makes a great place to tuck away your slippers. Ready to build your own nightstand?
Shopping List:2 - 2x4s @ 10' long
1 - 2x4 @ 8' long
2 1/2” screws (or Kreg Jig & 2 1/2" self tapping screws)
4" screws (or Kreg Jig & 2 1/2" self tapping screws)
2x4 Cut List:
(A) - 8 @ 18 1/2" (sides)
(B) - 4 @ 17" (shelf)
(C) - 4 @ 20" (top)
Dimensions: 20" wide x 20" tall x 14" deep
Please read all the directions before beginning, and cut your pieces as you go, measuring before each cut. Use 2 1/2” screws or pocket holes with 2 1/2" screws unless otherwise indicated. Always use glue. Pre-drill and countersink your screws. I have not built from these exact plans, so measure lots to make sure things work out!
Step 1: The Sides
Start by building the sides. Attach four side boards (A) side by side as shown below. Attach them using a Kreg Jig and pocket hole screws, or by drilling through the sides of each board with 4" screws. Use glue. Repeat to build the other side. **Measure the height of your mattress. If you want the height of you nightstand to match, adjust the height of the legs.**
Step 2: The Shelf
Use the shelf boards (B) to connect the two sides. Start by attaching the four shelf boards to each other side-by-side using a Kreg Jig or by drilling through the sides of each board with 4" screws and glue. Once you've attached the boards to make one solid shelf piece, attach that to the side pieces. You should have 6" of space above the shelf and 11" below. **If you changed the height of your legs, these measurements will be a little different.** **Also note if you're using a Kreg Jig you will need to attach the top boards first, then do the shelf.
Step 3: The Top
Now you can attach the top. If you want you can attach the top boards together side-by-side, but as long as you attached the legs and shelf together you don't really need to do the top. The top boards should be flush across the front, back, and outside edges of the sides. Attach the top boards by drilling down through each board into the sides with 2 1/2" screws and glue.
Step 4: Finishing
Start by filling any holes and sanding everything smooth. Then finish however you like! This would look great with anything from a rustic stain to crisp white paint.
Or get creative and try a fun ombre effect with paint or stain. Have fun!
Project 2x4 Cost:
$6.40 - 2 2x4s @ 10' long ($3.20 each)
$2.50 - 1 2x4 @ 8' long ($2.50 each)
See giveaway winners here.
And a big thanks to Matt for sharing a pic of his finished night stand! Matt says it's finished with Cabot Aged Leather stain ± sealer. Great job!!
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