When it comes to bedroom décor, it seems the only choices are to buy a nightstand or accept the one that comes with a larger bedroom set.
But what about DIY-ing your own unique piece? After all, nothing spruces up the décor of a space like a nightstand of your own design.
So before you budget a couple hundred (or more) dollars for a bedside table, consider these 25 DIY nightstand ideas for the bedroom.
Important Details to Consider When Building a DIY Nightstand
Building a DIY nightstand is an easy and fun project, but make sure to approach it with care. Prepare detailed plans and keep them handy; you’ll risk poor results or worse if you don’t have a plan in front of you.
Have your measurements, an adequate working space, all the right tools (different hammers, power tools, pocket hole screws, etc.), and — if required — a helping hand.
When it comes to materials, some plans call for specific wood types. In other cases, you’ll be repurposing an item rather than buying new wood. Think about which wood type fits your plan and budget. Many DIYers choose a soft, lightweight wood, but everything from cherry to walnut will work.
Also, make sure to consider features like storage options and drawers. Some additions can be more complicated to build but are well worth the effort depending on your needs.
DIY Nightstand Ideas for Your Bedroom
What follows are 25 fabulous and inspiring DIY bedside table ideas. We mixed it up, giving you projects that require no pocket hole screws at all, genuinely sophisticated builds with side panels, and everything in between.
DIY Nightstand With Hidden Drawer and Epoxy Inlay
We’re going to start off the list with a unique, modern nightstand that would make Sherlock Holmes jealous. Beyond looking absolutely eye-catching and unique, this nightstand has a secret compartment that’s just too fun to pass up.
This is a space saver. It’s a wall-mounted stand with a convenient area for phones and other charging devices. You can customize everything from size to color.
I love the minimalist look of this DIY nightstand. It has a cool geometric design, and the project requires lumber and a few tools including a dowel jig, circular saw, nail gun, and drill.
This DIY-er is a no-brainer. Who doesn’t have an old suitcase or at least a thrift store nearby where they can find one? Pull it out and repurpose it as a nightstand. Attach legs and — boom! — you’ve got a refreshed piece of furniture with a totally unique look.
A DIY project won’t get any simpler. Donna of Funky Junk Interiors took a small ladder and repurposed it to create a beautiful DIY nightstand. This funky nightstand is rustic and shabby chic. It’s an easy, affordable solution for all your bedside necessities.
Cheese Box Nightstand
Take what would’ve been two old smelly cheese boxes, and create a DIY nightstand that’s both unique and original. It’ll make a nice contrast to pretty much everything in the bedroom.
At first glance, the nightstand looks like it came from a fancy interior store, but it’s actually a build from scratch. This DIY nightstand is neat and prim with both delicate details and a functional drawer. And best of all, it only takes a few hours to create.
Hidden Compartment Nightstand
With a hidden compartment, drawer, and lots of space for books or other bedside necessities, this DIY nightstand would work well as end tables in your living room as well! This nightstand has a slim design, making it a good option for those that are limited on floor space in their bedroom.
Pottery Barn-Inspired Nightstand
This farmhouse-inspired DIY nightstand features both a hidden drawer, a shelf, and an x-brace feature. Though it looks complicated, it’s made up entirely of 1-by-6 lumber and has a pocket hole construction, making it an ideal project for new woodworkers. Leave the wood as is, paint it, stain it, or give it a distressed finish.
Kids Bedside Table
This is a low-budget project ideal for storage. I guarantee the kiddos will love it, especially if you let them help out with minor steps in the build. You can create a wealth of designs with paints, stickers, and more.
If you’re not interested in giving up floor space and don’t need drawer space, this DIY nightstand hanging from the ceiling may do the trick. It’s a minimalist look that’s unique, too. The project is a simple build and would be especially well suited for a tiny house or small apartment.
Big Storage Nightstand
While a simple build, this project’s going to require a little time and focus. Designed to help declutter an office, it can easily do the same in a bedroom.
Box Sideboard Nightstand
It’s incredible how a simple design can be modern, chic, and charming. What we have here is a simple bedside cubby with tapered legs. It looks particularly nice unstained, leaving a wonderfully natural appearance.
Classic Wood Nightstand
If you’re going for a classic, elegant-looking nightstand, consider this white oak option that features a traditional beaded wood detail on the drawers. Stain it to match your current bed frame and dresser, and you have a well-rounded bedroom look.
Wooden Slab and Hairpin Legs Nightstand
Use this singular piece as a nightstand or place it beside the living room sofa. These DIY rustic nightstand plans are an easy build and give off oodles of charm. All you need are prepped, smooth sides of the wood, and a few minor tools.
A drawer or shelf is always useful. What’s particularly intriguing about this DIY nightstand is the detail and simplicity of the project. It’s effortlessly sides up to anything from an expensive furniture store.
Custom Stenciling and Color Nightstand
Give your side panels a splash of color. This project isn’t about building a DIY nightstand as much as giving one a whole new look. Apply customization to the nightstand you use currently (or to most any project on this list).
Nightstand With Hairpin Legs
The minimalism of this design emphasizes a feeling of space and ambiance to benefit any room. It’s inspired by midcentury design and is one of the most straightforward builds on this list.
Concrete Block Nightstand
Every time I look at this project, I grit my teeth. Last year, we had a bunch of concrete blocks in the yard and got rid of them. Don’t be me! This DIY nightstand is inspired by The Mandalorian, but you can totally adjust the drawer handles to something more generic.
Tree Stump Nightstand
All you need is an extensive log or a tree trunk. You can leave the bark on, or follow these instructions to give it a glossy, natural finish.
A richly decorated room can benefit from this DIY modern nightstand that manages to be both fashionable and smart at the same time.
Modern Floating Nightstand
We’ve provided you a few DIY floating nightstands on this list, and this one might be our favorite. It’s going to require time and precision, but I love the intricacy and personality on the side panels. A unique look.
I think this nightstand is one of the best on the list because it’s a simple build, but it results in a unique home furniture piece. You just need two crates, eight 1-by-4s, wood stain, a paintbrush, liquid nails, and a little imagination.
Industrial Pipe Shelf Nightstand
Use pipes and wood to put together a set of hanging shelves beside the bed. Yeah, they’re intended for the bathroom, but no one needs to know that.
Drum Nightstand and Smart Light
If you’re a musician, you’ll love this. A simple acoustic drum is transformed into a side table that also doubles as a smart light. This DIY project is a lot easier than it looks, and results in a nightstand that no one else will have.
The nightstand plays a significant role in the overall look of your room. With any of these 25 DIY nightstand ideas or any DIY farmhouse nightstand plans, you’ll do wonders shaping your room’s beauty, and taking it to the next step.