Wednesday, March 2, 2016

DIY Nightstand with Pull-Out Ledge (free plans)

DIY nightstand with pull out shelf and free plans

My girls needed larger nightstands for their shared bedroom so I designed these diy nightstands with a pull out ledge to fit this space.  I have the plans for you down below but first let's check out the finish project.

girls diy nightstands with drawer and pull out ledge

It's a tricky space because of the windows right at the floor but this is the best spot for their beds so naturally their nightstands must go here too.

diy nightstand with pull out ledge

The pull out ledge is just a bonus feature that I thought my girls would like.  In fact they like to pull the whole shelf out and use the hard surface for writing while in bed.  You could easily attach a small rope at the back edge of the ledge then attach the other end to the back of the carcass for safety in order to keep the ledge from pulling all the way out.

It's also worth noting I cut the pull out ledge against the grain which causes the ledge to bow ever so slightly.  I did this on purpose to allow for some give when you go to pull out the ledge.  Also DO NOT PAINT the underside of the ledge so the plywood can run freely against the shelf.

diy nightstand with deep drawer

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The drawer is enormous and deep and I actually might regret that because my girls will just fill it up with junk but at least I won't have to see the junk!  I highly recommend the center mount slow close drawer glides, they can definitely handle the weight of a drawer full of crap.

diy nightstand with open shelf and basket space

I love the open bottom shelf which allows the light from the floor windows to come through and it's perfect for a basket too.  The maximum basket size is 25"w x 20"l x 10"h, I found the basket above at Homegoods and it fits just right.

diy beadboard nightstand free plans

This is definitely a heavy, solid nightstand with an entire sheet of 3/4" plywood in the design.  The wall sconces are IKEA Arstid wall sconce spray painted Rust-Oleum berry pink gloss.  There really isn't much space for lamps plus the sconces are better for nighttime reading which my girls love.

diy girls nightstands

Below are step by step instructions to build a nightstand with a pull out ledge.  Always follow all safety precautions when using power tools and read through all the steps prior to beginning.

diy nightstand free plans

Supplies:
Cut List:
  • 1 – ¾” plywood @ 30” x 21 1 /4” (top)
  • 1 – ¾” plywood @ 28 ½” x 20 1/4” (undertop)
  • 4 – 2x2 @ 26 ½” (legs)
  • 2 – ¾” plywood @ 12” x 17 ¼” (sides)
  • 4 – 1x2 @ 17 ¼” (side trim)
  • 2 – ¾” plywood @ 25 ½” x 20 ¼” (shelves)
  • 1 – ¾” plywood @ 25” x 20” (pull out ledge) * cut against the grain
  • 1 – ¾” plywood @ 25 ½” x 17 ¼” (base shelf)
  • 2 – 2x2 @ 25 ½” (base shelf trim)
  • 2 – 2x2 @ 17 ¼” (base shelf trim)
  • 2 – 1x8 @ 23” (drawer front &  back)
  • 2 – 1x8 @ 19 ½” (drawer sides)
  • 1 – ¼” plywood @ 24 ½” x 19 ½” (drawer base)
  • 1 – 1x10 @ 25 ¼” (drawer front)
  • 2 – 1 3/8” x ¼” flat molding @ 22 1/2” (drawer front trim)
  • 2 – 1 3/8” x ¼” flat molding @ 9 ¼” (drawer front trim)
  • 1 -  ¼” plywood @ 12 ¾” x 28 ½” (backing) 

diy nightstand free plans

Step 1: Attach undertop to top using wood glue and countersunk 1 ¼” wood screws.  Keep ¾” inset on front and sides and ¼” inset at back.

diy nightstand free plans

Step 2: Taper bottom of legs as per sketch.  Use miter saw or jigsaw.  Also predrill pocket holes at top.  Make 4.

diy nightstand free plans

Step 3: Attach legs to undertop at corners using wood glue and 2 ½” pocket hole screws.  Keep pocket holes towards back and consider plugging front leg pocket holes before continuing to next step.

diy nightstand free plans

Step 4: Attach sides to legs flush to interior using wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.  I used tongue and groove beadboard pieces here cut to fit but regular plywood works too.

diy nightstand free plans

diy nightstand free plans


 Step 5: Attach side trim to exterior of sides using wood glue and secure from interior with countersunk 1 ¼” wood screws.


diy nightstand free plans

Step 6: Attach pull out shelf support to sides using wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.  Keep a 1” gap for pull out tray space.  I recommend using a scrap 3/4" plywood piece plus a scrap 1/4" plywood piece in between to give the correct spacing then slide them out once the shelf support is attached.

diy nightstand free plans

Step 7: Attach drawer shelf flush to sides using wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.

diy nightstand free plans

Step 8: Make bottom shelf.  Attach trim flush to shelf top using wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.  Be sure to predrill pocket holes in ends of trim pieces prior to assembly.

diy nightstand free plans

Step 9: Attach bottom shelf to legs using wood glue and 2 ½” pocket hole screws. 

diy nightstand free plans

Step 10: Make drawer carcass.  Attach front and back to sides using wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.

diy nightstand free plans

Step 11: Attach drawer base using wood glue and countersunk ¾” wood screws.

diy nightstand free plans

Step 12: Make drawer front.  Cut trim to fit and attach using wood glue and ¾” finish nails.

diy nightstand free plans

diy nightstand free plans

Step 13: Install drawer glides on drawer body and interior of carcass. 

diy nightstand free plans

Step 14: Attach drawer front to drawer body using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails from front.  Keep 1/8” spacing on all sides.  Then secure from interior using countersunk 1 ¼” wood screws.

Pull out ledge should slide into place.  For safety consider attaching rope to back of pull out ledge and again to back of carcass.

diy nightstand free plans

Step 15: Attach backing using wood glue and ¾” finish nails.

diy nightstand free plans

Sand well and finish as desired.  I used oil based primer plus two coats of semi-gloss white.

pull out ledge knobs

I installed the knob on the pull out tray by super gluing the screw that came in the packing into the knob.  Then I cut off the screw head, predrilled a hole and screwed the knob in place.  The hardware pulls are from Restoration Hardware, 4" Aubrey pulls in polished chrome.

diy nightstand free plans

This grainy cell phone pic above shows the beadboard side detail best but you could easily use plywood instead, I just had the beadboard scraps on hand so I used them.

Enjoy!

diy nightstand free plans

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8 comments:

Linda7 said...

Wonderful build, Jamie! Thanks for the plans, and tutorial pictures. Love it!

Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY said...

Beautiful, Jaime! Love the pull out ledge!

tnscrapper said...

These are beautiful! I found your post via "DIY Showoff" blog. These night stands will hopefully last your girls a very long time.

Marilyn

thecuratorscollection.com said...

You are ahhhhhmazing! This design is brilliant! They look so good! Well done! I hope you have a great day!
Smiles!
Terry

Nellie Bellie said...

Wow!!! These are fantastic! I'm in a tiny home and always looking for furniture that can do double duty...these fit the bill! Thanks for the plans!

Hopping Along said...

Wow Jamie these are stunning!! I have a question about finishing... Did you use edge banding around the top before you painted? Or did you fill with wood filler? It looks so flawless in your picture at step 15 before you painted.

Jaime Costiglio said...

@HoppingAlong yes there is edge banding applied to all visible plywood cut edges. It's a lot of edge banding (3 rolls!) but worth it.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

The pull-out shelves are my favorite parts! Such a great added touch.