A few months ago, my sister asked me to build her a pair of nightstands. She wanted something similar to this but didn’t care to spend almost $800 for one nightstand. Insanity. So I sketched up a few rough drafts, she tweaked the dimensions to fit her space, and we came up with this:
I especially love this hidden charging station feature. This is the USB charging station that I bought.
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So are you ready to build your own DIY Nightstands with Charging Station and Writing Tray?
Alright. Let’s do this.
First, I used my cordless circular saw to cut the plywood pieces down to size. I love this little saw – it’s plenty powerful enough to cut through 3/4-inch material, yet small enough for my tiny lady hands to easily maneuver.
To minimize tear-out on plywood, I recommend using a plywood blade with the ‘good’ side of the plywood facing down. You can also run a strip of tape along the cut line, to help hold the fibers together as the blade passes through.
To cut a straight line, clamp a straight edge to the workpiece to serve as a fence.
Next, I attached the sides to the base with pocket hole screws and wood glue. Use coarse-thread screws when working with plywood. I love this little glue bottle – you can squeeze the glue out upright, instead of having to shake it down to the spout.
Then I constructed the drawer boxes. I used my router fitted with a 1/4-inch channel bit to route a groove in the front and sides of the drawer, then used pocket hole screws to attach the front to the sides.
Building a drawer with a floating bottom takes a little more time, but I like the more professional look of it. Alternately, you can simply staple and glue the bottom panel onto the drawer box if you don’t have a router or table saw.
I cut the plywood bottom to size, slid it into the grooves, then attached the back of the drawer box with pocket hole screws. Take note in the building plans that the back 1×4 is ripped to 3 inches wide. This way, you can just staple and glue the bottom panel to the back 1×4.
Great! Now we just have to install the drawer slides, attach the drawer faces, legs, top, decorative molding, and back panel. I used soft-close drawer slides in the top drawers and regular drawer slides for the bottom two drawers. Soft-close drawer slides are a little pricier which is why I chose to only use them for the top drawers.
Also, I want to touch on how I installed a charging station in the top drawer. I made a small cut-out in the back of the top drawer to feed the power cord through, slid the drawer in place, and marked where to cut out a small hole in the back panel. I bought these USB charging stations and tucked one in the top drawer of each nightstand so that my sister and brother-in-law would have a place to charge multiple devices out of sight.
I love this clever feature – I’ll have to build one for myself next time.
As for the writing tray, I had grand plans to build a dowel and track system in so that the tray wouldn’t slide all the way out, but I just… didn’t. Maybe next time. Alternately, you could attach a small chain to the back of the tray so that it doesn’t get pulled all the way out. But for now, my sister knows to take care when pulling the tray out so it doesn’t accidentally fall on her toes.
And there you have it: a DIY nightstand with generous storage, a pull-out writing tray, and a hidden charging station! Be sure to click here to get the building plans so you can build your own.
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