12 Simple & Modern DIY Nightstand Ideas

We all know that the bed is the focal point in bedroom decorating, but don’t forget about your nightstands! Aside from the fact that they hold your lamps, and last nights novel… they are pretty important from a design standpoint as well. So to get right to it, we have found you some of the best simple & modern DIY nightstand ideas out there, and brought them all to you in this post. We hope you will give one a try! Want to know which one was our fav? Read through to the end to find out!



DIY Nightstand Ideas


Modern DIY Nightstands

We are obsessed with this Mid Century Modern nightstand DIY tutorial from ‘Lily Ardor‘. It’s a very simple and minimal design that would look amazing in any bedroom. And, it’s easy! Made from plywood and 2×3’s, they even have a video to walk you through the whole project! Love!


For a quick bedroom update, make this DIY nightstand from ‘The Merry Thought‘. Plywood is cool again, and this project proves it! Lots of step by step photos.


A Pair & A Spare‘ got really creative with their nightstand idea, and made one out of tree stumps! Yet somehow, they made it look modern and cool.


Another plywood DIY nightstand that looks high end, but is simple to make. From ‘Fall for DIY‘. We can’t get enough of those pretty legs!


Another DIY Mid Century Modern nightstand idea and tutorial from ‘Modern Builds’ via ‘Ryobi Nation‘. Simple design, easy instructions! Love the leather pull!


You will likely need Google Translate for this page, but it also has a pictorial tutorial, and we wouldn’t want you to miss this cool modern DIY nightstand. The copper pipe legs make it look sleek and sophisticated. From ‘Caro DIY‘.


Want a modern nightstand with a more rustic finish? Then try this planked DIY nightstand from ‘Little Glass Jar‘. You could finish this with a clear coat for a Scandinavian look, or even paint it for something more Modern Farmhouse.


Floating Nightstand DIY

If you ever want to know how to build anything out of wood, check out ‘Jen Woodhouse‘. In this case, she has a great tutorial for us on a space saving floating nightstand DIY! This one even has drawers!


This easy and fast DIY nightstand is from ‘Crafted by the Hunts‘, and takes less than an hour to make. Make sure you follow their instructions about attaching a floating nightstand to studs. BTW, they even have an optional tutorial on adding a charging station!


Another floating nightstand DIY from ‘The Merry Thought‘. This one has a built-in place to charge your phone or tablet, and the design is so simple you could not get this wrong!


If you have small bedroom, this narrow floating nightstand from ‘Bob Vila‘ is the ticket. Easy to make, modern in design, and functional for storage!


From ‘Wendy’s Wohnzimmer‘, here is another one that you need to have translated, but again, it has great step by step photos as well. What a creative nightstand for Boho style!

So, what was our favorite nightstand idea? We love the first Mid Century Nightstand… and it looks so easy! Then again, you gotta love that floating nightstand, and I KNOW Steve loved all those mid century ones… So we’re going with…all of them! Which one can you see in your home? Any that you would never use, and why? We think you will also love our posts on DIY Murphy Beds and 15 Swanky Mid Century Modern Decor & DIY! Then check out our post on DIY Bed Canopies over at TBD!

Note : This post has been freshened with updated projects.

Image Credits: Lily Ardor, The Merry Thought, A Pair & A Spare, Fall for DIY, Ryobi Nation, Caro DIY, Little Glass Jar, Jen Woodhouse, Crafted By The Hunts, The Merry Thought, Bob Vila, Wendy's Wohnzimmer
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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs: TheBudgetDecorator.com, OhMeOhMyBlog.com and TheGardenGlove.com.

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. May 4, 2016 / 5:47 am

    This is such an informative DIY post. Mostly they are about bedroom decors in general but very few give these detailed links and sources. Thanks for the share. 🙂

  2. January 14, 2015 / 3:39 am

    Really cool post. I really like the Mid Century Modern table. Thanks

  3. Gigi
    September 23, 2014 / 6:09 am

    My favorite is the cheese box!! It just has so much character!

    • donna
      February 16, 2015 / 1:11 am


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