How To Construct Straightforward, Chunky Wooden Nightstands
For the primary time in our lives, after 4 a long time of dwelling on this planet, we’ve upgraded to a king sized mattress! We’ll get extra into whys and hows in an upcoming publish (it’s each greater and considerably decrease) and we see the apparent irony of proudly owning a much bigger mattress in our smaller home – however let’s simply summarize it as: “the issues we do for our canine.”
You’ve additionally most likely heard this earlier than, however typically the best way to really feel such as you’re dwelling massive in a smaller house is with fewer bigger furnishings items (versus a bunch of small dollhouse-scaled furnishings). There’s such a luxurious to having a pleasant lengthy 90″ couch upstairs, an enormous 72″ desk that seats as much as 8 individuals within the kitchen, and actually, it has been wonderful to have such an enormous mattress. Like, two individuals who by no means cared a few king mattress now actively wax poetic about it each day, and our whole household commonly piles in to learn or hang around on lazy weekends.
The improve did include one tradeout. Upgrading to a bigger mattress meant we needed to swap our bigger facet tables out for smaller ones that *completely* match the house.
Fortunately we don’t actually retailer very a lot in our facet tables (so long as there’s room for a lamp, some books, and a glass of water we’re good). So yeah, maximizing the dimensions of the factor you actively calm down on and sleep on was a good commerce for minimizing our facet tables.
And right this moment, we’re sharing how we whipped up these customized nightstands (you can also make them any measurement you’d like to suit your room like a glove!) with a considerably uncommon materials. Nope, it’s not scrap wooden or two-by-fours (or pallets – keep in mind all these furnishings tutorials?). We really used a butcher block countertop to make these two chunky stable wooden facet tables.
Why Construct Customized Nightstands?
By now you recognize that our previous bedside tables not match alongside the wall with our new king sized mattress in place, however why not simply purchase one thing already made? We realized that with the intention to maximize the room with a much bigger mattress, it will be sensible to shift it barely off-center on this wall. It’s solely by a few inches (and never tremendous noticeable – particularly on account of a secret about our bed room that we reveal within the video under this image), however that slight shift makes it a lot simpler to entry our closets that are each situated on this facet of the mattress.
Shifting the mattress just a few inches off-center meant that my facet may accommodate a barely bigger nightstand than Sherry’s. And earlier than I sound just like the dangerous husband for claiming the “greater” facet, Sherry’s facet really has extra strolling house on account of that aforementioned secret that’s revealed within the video under. So yeah, watch that and tell us should you ever observed that our room does that – as a result of we hear that most individuals who’ve adopted alongside for years had no concept!
A Fast Bed room Tour On Video
To not spoil the ending or something, however a whole lot of this can make extra sense should you watch this brief video Sherry shot of the completed nightstands. In it you’ll see:
Plus you’ll get a sneak peek of how that complete again wall of our bed room is shaping up with the brand new mattress!
Word: You can too watch this video on YouTube.
Weighing Our Choices (& Saving Cash)
Lengthy story lengthy: this barely asymmetrical state of affairs left us with just a few choices for getting new nightstands:
The entire choices had potential (apart from possibly #1) and since our desired measurements have been fairly particular, we determined to make our personal.
Plus, like many DIY choices, we realized we may save ourselves fairly a bit of cash in comparison with a few of the nightstands we have been discovering on-line. We knew we wished one thing with clear traces and a contemporary chunky wooden look – and most of the storebought choices have been surprisingly expensive… particularly if we had to purchase two!
The excellent news is that our last value for BOTH nightstands was simply $310 – which was the price of the butcher block counter we purchased and the oil we used to seal it. Which means every one breaks right down to about $155 for an excellent substantial stable wooden nightstand. Not dangerous!
Supplies & Instruments Wanted
We knew this butcher block materials could be nice for recreating the look we wished. We’ve used it elsewhere in our home, most lately in our utility closet in addition to to high some Ikea cupboards in our bed room (publish coming quickly) and we find it irresistible as a result of the thickness can actually elevate a store-bought cubby or an Ikea cupboard. Plus we already knew the colour seems to be nice with our flooring. However should you’d relatively use one thing apart from butcher block, you’ll be able to nonetheless comply with the identical method with any wooden of your alternative.
Step 1: Plan Your Construct
Despite the fact that the butcher block slabs are cheaper than these store-bought nightstands (the island measurement, 72″ x 39″, is $300) it’s nonetheless expensive, so we actually wished to get TWO nightstands out of ONE piece of wooden. So Sherry and I sketched out just a few choices, crunched some measurements, and got here up with a design that 1) we have been enthusiastic about and a couple of) didn’t waste wooden.
You possibly can see from my tough drawings above that we debated a blocky “8” design with three horizontal surfaces (extra on that within the video we shared above) however we finally scrapped the underside shelf (leaving it extra like a blocky “A” as a substitute) as a result of it will hold the nightstands lighter and it truthfully didn’t really feel essential (we didn’t want house for a basket or a folded blanket or one thing that might fill that bigger cubby it will have created). Bonus, it’s simpler to scrub beneath for Eufy to scrub beneath!
Step 2: Lower Your Butcher Block To Measurement
The cautious planning and measuring gave us a transparent plan for the dimensions of every piece that we would have liked to chop. So first, utilizing a round noticed, we minimize the butcher block island twice down the middle space to offer us two 18″ broad slabs. Every slab would turn into one, 18″ deep nightstand. Alternatively, you can minimize it precisely in half, one time (which would depart you with two 19.5″ slabs) however that might’ve made our nightstands too deep as a result of it will have blocked entry to my closet door.
I notice my entrance porch “workshop” leaves one thing to be desired, nevertheless it will get the job achieved. Additionally: put on security goggles. I received them on proper after that shot above (see the image under). And as for engaged on our entrance porch, it’s really a pleasant flat floor that I can unfold out on. And don’t fear, I be sure that we by no means minimize the highest of the particular decking. We spin the piece round to complete our cuts so the blade is all the time hanging over the step (such as you see under).
As soon as I minimize my two 18″ slabs, I measured rigorously and minimize every into the 4 items wanted for every nightstand: 1 high, 2 sides/legs, and 1 shelf. Though, really, I waited to make my last shelf cuts till the opposite 3 items have been assembled. That approach I may double-check my measurement one final time for a good match.
You’ll additionally discover we use painters tape on every of our round noticed cuts. This not solely offers me a floor to attract a straight line on (with out marking up the precise wooden) nevertheless it additionally will help you make a smoother minimize with much less chipping and splintering. Additionally, I’ve tried a few round noticed guides (like this one) and discover that I do higher free-handing my cuts – however they’re an choice for you if you wish to give them a attempt.
Step 2: Mark Your Items
After my cuts have been made, we roughly balanced the tops on every set of legs to examine our progress. We additionally used this step to resolve which components we wished to indicate – like what facet of every piece of butcher block appeared the very best, had the fewest knots, and so forth.
As soon as we decided our structure, we used painter’s tape to loosely mark the orientation of every piece. The lengthy items alongside the within of every facet piece have been particularly useful to remind us as soon as we proceeded to the following step: drilling our pocket holes.
Step 3: Drill Pocket Holes In The Legs
To connect the facet items to the highest piece, we wished to screw up from the within of every leg into the highest – that approach we wouldn’t have any seen holes on the highest of the nightstand. To do that, we used our Kreg Jig to drill three pocket holes on the within of every leg (that is the place our tape markings helped remind us the place to drill). Right here’s the place you’ll be able to study extra about how to use a Kreg Jig. It’s an MVP software we’ve had for over 12 years!
I drilled all the pocket holes for the legs in a single step because it saved me from switching out my drillbit backwards and forwards for the following step.
Step 4: Clamp & Screw The Legs To The High
With our pocket holes drilled into every leg, we turned the highest piece the other way up and clamped one leg in place utilizing this clamp designed particularly for pocket holes. This helps hold it exactly in place when you drill, so that you don’t have any last-minute shifting.
With one finish securely clamped, we rigorously screwed by the opposite open holes utilizing 2″ pocket gap screws. As soon as these have been secured, we eliminated the clamp and screwed by the final pocket gap.
Then we simply repeated the method on the opposite leg, after which once more for each legs of the second nightstand.
Step 5: Repeat This Course of For The Cabinets
With the highest and sides hooked up, we measured the exact size for every shelf and made our last cuts utilizing our round noticed. Then, we broke out our Kreg Jig once more to create three units of pocket holes on BOTH ends of every shelf piece (being certain to drill them on the underside).
Subsequent, to connect every shelf, we laid every nightstand on its again and set the cabinets in place (we had minimize them to be such a good match they principally held themselves upright). Lastly, we screwed them collectively similar to we had achieved earlier than.
We selected a 5″ hole for our shelf, nevertheless it’s actually as much as you. We had tried one thing a bit of greater at first nevertheless it virtually appeared like we had mismeasured the midway mark when standing above it and looking out down (watch out for these perspective-related optical-illusions!). So the smaller 5″ spacing made the shelf look extra deliberately positioned in direction of the highest of the desk, which we actually appreciated concerning the form of desk #4 under:
Plus, it’s turned out to be tremendous purposeful for us! Look what number of books it will possibly nonetheless maintain!
Step 6: Sand The Edges
To verify all the edges, particularly the minimize ones, weren’t too sharp – we gave all the uncovered corners and edges a fast sanding with some medium- after which high-grit sandpaper, simply to spherical them off ever so barely. That approach if we bump in opposition to these or attain over haphazardly within the night time, we’re not gonna slice ourselves open on some uncooked fringe of wooden.
Simply make sure you totally wipe down or blow off any sanding mud earlier than continuing to the following step.
Step 7: Seal The Butcher Block With Oil
We’ve discovered our favourite method to end off this butcher block is with a single coat of Chopping Board Oil. It darkens the wooden a bit and brings out the grain properly, whereas additionally sealing it. It’s extraordinarily straightforward to use.
We usually pour a small puddle straight on the butcher block after which wipe it round with a rag or paper towel till it has all soaked in. It positively lightens up a bit of bit because it dries, so don’t be too alarmed if it feels a lot darker than the wooden you’d simply been looking at moments earlier than.
And naturally, should you’d like a extra particular coloration you’ll be able to all the time apply stain or sealer as a substitute.
Step 8: Let Dry & You’re Executed!
We gave our nightstands a few day to dry earlier than placing them in place, and we’re actually proud of how they turned out!
They match completely on all sides of our mattress, simply as we had deliberate, whereas additionally giving us extra perform than we initially thought we’d get. It’s because at one level Sherry had deliberate on simply utilizing a backyard stool as her facet desk, so having a complete cubby for books and the sound machine is an actual coup. Sure, that’s how right into a king mattress we’ve got now turn into. She was prepared to make use of a backyard stool as her nightstand with out hesitation.
We’ve thought of storing issues beneath – like a basket or one thing we will slide out and in – however each time we’ve put something down there it simply seems to be unnecessarily cluttered and we don’t want the house. So except we really have to retailer one thing there down the road, we’re joyful to depart it empty. Plus, it truly is a sight to see our robotic vacuum fortunately spinning round to get every nook in there.
My nightstand is 22″ broad, so it has given me loads of floor house for books, chargers, a lamp, our Alexa, and even a plant. In reality, it normally has extra on right here (like a water bottle, baseball cap, or a rogue Skittles wrapper) however I attempted to be much less of an animal for these photos.
Sherry’s is unquestionably a bit narrower at simply 19″, however she discovered this small woven storage basket that wrangles all of her bedside stuff – contact lenses, chapstick, nail clippers, and what I assume is a big assortment of poems professing her love for me. (What?! They’re her blue mild glasses? OK superb.)
Sherry’s facet might look cramped in these images, however should you watch the video you’ll see that she’s received loads of house to maneuver round because of that *particular* wall in our bed room.
We’re planning a bigger bed room replace publish that’ll have extra information about why we determined to improve our mattress, together with some further closet house we’re about to earn (simply ready till that’s full to take images & share how the entire room has formed up). Additionally should you thought to your self “that mattress wall may be good with some extra coloration or texture on it” – we’ve had the identical thought, so keep tuned…
Extra DIY Constructing Initiatives
Listed here are another DIY furnishings initiatives and simple builds you may be fascinated by – particularly should you’re trying so as to add some further wooden storage.
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