Hello and welcome to day nine of our nightstand series! You can see the entire series here. Today's project is our third "floating" installment (we already made floating boxes and a floating bookshelf). With both a shelf and a drawer, this plan offers plenty of storage options in a style that is simple, sleek, and unique!
Floating nightstands are a great way to make your space instantly feel less cluttered. The drawer lets you take it a step farther by stashing any would-be tabletop clutter out of sight! This plan is based on a simple, uncluttered inspiration photo I spotted on Pinterest and is a quick, easy build:
image via pinterest
1 - 1x12 @ 10'
1 - 1x10 @ 4' (or a 2' scrap)
1 - 1x4 @ 4'
1 - 1x6 @ 4' (or a 2' scrap)
9" side-mount drawer slides (full extension is best if possible)
1 1/4" screws
Kreg Jig with 1 1/4" pocket screws (optional)
finishing nails (optional)
Finished dimensions: 26" wide x 12 3/4" tall x 11 1/4" deep
Remember to always double check your measurements before you cut. Use 1 1/4" screws unless otherwise indicated. Pre-drill your holes and countersink your screws. Always use glue before you screw the boards together (you don't have to let it dry first), I'm not going to list it in every step, but it's a good idea to glue everything! Be safe, and have fun!
(A) 1 - 1x12 @ 24 1/2" (back)
(B) 2 - 1x12 @ 11 1/4"" (sides)
(C) 2 - 1x12 @ 26" (top/bottom)
(D) 1 - 1x10 @ 23 1/2" (drawer bottom)
(E) 2 - 1x4 @ 9 1/4" (drawer sides)
(F) 1 - 1x4 @ 22" (drawer back)
(G) 1 - 1x6 @ 24 1/4" (drawer front)
Start by attaching the sides (B) to the back (A). Keep the edges flush. Use a Kreg Jig (this will hide the holes on the back), or drill through the sides into the back.
Attach the top & bottom (C). Use a Kreg Jig or drill through the top and bottom into the sides and back.
Next build the drawer box. Start by attaching a drawer side (E) along each side of the drawer bottom (D). Keep the outside edges flush, and attach with a Kreg Jig or by drilling through the bottom into the sides. Then slip the drawer back (F) between the sides and attach it in the same way, keeping the outside edge flush. Double check the opening of the nightstand - the drawer box should end up 1" narrower unless your drawer slides require a different allowance.
Follow the instructions on your drawer slides to install the drawer box. The drawer box should be set back 3/4" from the face of the nightstand (so you drawer front ends up flush later) and 1" down from the top.
Set the drawer front over the drawer box and center it with 1/8" gap above and on each side. Use glue and finishing nails to attach the drawer front to the drawer box (you can also reinforce it with a Kreg Jig).
The building is done, now you just have to finish it! Start by filling any holes with wood filler. Let it dry, then sand it smooth (repeat if necessary). Then sand the whole table smooth for a great finished product (a good sanding can be the difference between looking professional vs. crafty). Then finish with any paint or stain and polyurethane you like.
You can add a drawer pull if you like, or to keep the simple look just use the lip under the drawer front as a pull.
We're halfway done, there are still nine more days of DIY nightstands coming up!