Simple One Drawer DIY Nightstand

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So, about a year ago I promised Joseph I’d build us a set of matching nightstands …

They were supposed to be my second build.

No matter.

I’m only 1 year behind.

I guess I can’t complain too much next time I ask him to do something and he takes a year to get around to it …

Ahhhh, marriage 😉

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Simple One Drawer DIY Nightstand

Download the free plans for this Simple One Drawer DIY Nightstand below. Happy Building!

Tools & Supplies:

Lumber:

  • 3  |   1 x 2 – 6′
  • 2  |   2 x 2 – 6′
  • 1  |   1 x 4 – 8′
  • 1  |   1 x 4 – 6′
  • 1  |   1 x 6 – 6′
  • 1  |   3/4″ Plywood 2′ x 4′ sheet (or scraps if you have some lying around)

Cuts:

  • 4  |   2 x 2 @ 27″ (legs)
  • 4  |   1 x 2 @ 14″ (front & back framing)
  • 6  |   1 x 2 @ 10″ (side framing)
  • 2  |   1 x 2 @ parallel miter (see Step 6)
  • 4  |   1 x 4 @ 18″ (tabletop)
  • 2  |   1 x 4 @ 10″ (drawer sides)
  • 1  |   1 x 4 @ 11 1/2″ (drawer back)
  • 1  |   3/4″ Plywood @ 11 1/2″ x 9 1/4″ (drawer bottom)
  • 2  |   1 x 6 @ 14″ (bottom shelf)
  • 1  |   1 x 6 @ 13 3/4″ (drawer face)
  • 2  |   3/4″ Plywood @ 10″L x 9″W (top side panels)
  • 1  |   3/4″ Plywood @ 14″L x 9″W (top back panel)

Simple One Drawer DIY Nightstand

Step 1. 

Start by building the front and back frames. Attach the front & back framing to the legs with 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. Position the framing flush with the outside edge of the legs.
Position the front frames 8 1/4″ apart. This will leave 1/8″ clearance on the top and bottom of the drawer face. Position the back frames 9″ apart.

Simple One Drawer DIY Nightstand

I spaced the side and back frames 9″ apart because I had a 9″ piece of plywood lying around to use. If you’re ripping new plywood, you could just space the sides and back 8 1/4″ apart to match the front. Either way won’t make a huge difference.

Step 2.

Connect the front and back frames. Position the side framing flush with the outside edge of the legs and attach with 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Simple One Drawer DIY Nightstand

Step 3.

Position the bottom side framing flush with both sides of the legs and attach with 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. Place the pocket holes on the underside of the 1 x 2 to hide them.

Simple One Drawer DIY Nightstand

Step 4. 

Attach the inside panels for the drawer section of the nightstand. They should sit flush with the inside edges of the legs and the top and bottom of the framing.

Simple One Drawer DIY Nightstand

Attach to the frame with wood glue and finish nails (or attach to the legs with 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue).

Step 5. 

Center the bottom shelf along the bottom 1 x 2 framing and attach with 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Simple One Drawer DIY Nightstand

When centered, the bottom shelf will overhang the legs by 1/2″ to the front and back. Place pocket holes on the bottom of the shelf to hide them.

Step 6. 

Position the \ braces flush between the side framing and attach with wood glue and finish nails. Place finish nails on the bottom of the \ brace to hide them.

Simple One Drawer DIY Nightstand

To cut the \ braces, hold a 1 x 2 flush against the side of the nightstand and mark the angle with a pencil. Adjust your miter saw to that angle and cut. Repeat for the other side of the \ brace and cut again. Repeat for the second \ brace.

Step 7. 

Attach the tabletop to the nightstand with 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Simple One Drawer DIY Nightstand

Place pocket hole screws at the top of the inside panels to hide them and attach the tabletop from the bottom.

Simple One Drawer DIY Nightstand

Step 8.

The drawer for this nightstand is 13″W x 10″L x 3.5″H

Simple One Drawer DIY Nightstand

Adjust the width as necessary for your drawer slides. Typically, drawer slides require 1/2″ clearance. So the drawer for this nightstand is 13″ wide to fit the 14″ opening. I used these drawer slides and they’re great!

Use 1 x 4s for the sides of the drawer, 3/4″ plywood for the base, and a 1 x 6 for the face.

Simple One Drawer DIY Nightstand

Add a drawer pull, and you’re good to go! I grabbed this pack of drawer pulls and have been using them on various projects. They’re super stylish at a good price – win win!

For more info, see How to Build a Drawer.

Step 9.

The tabletop for this nightstand is 18″W x 14″L. Use four 1 x 4s for the tabletop panels and place pocket holes on the underside to hide them.

Simple One Drawer DIY Nightstand

For more info, see How to Build a Tabletop.

 

Download these plans: Simple One Drawer DIY Nightstand Plans

Simple One Drawer DIY Nightstand

 

Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. And if you build from these plans, please tag me on Instagram @bitterrootdiy! I’d love to see it!

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Simple One Drawer DIY Nightstand

    1. Honestly, I had a 9″ piece of plywood lying around, so when I drew up the plans before I did the build, I set the sides and back to 9″… and then I forgot to change it before I posted this. Thanks for calling it to my attention! It makes no difference whether you use the same width or not … sorry for that confusion – my mistake

  1. I don’t get the instruction “To cut the \ braces, hold a 1 x 2 flush against the side of the nightstand and mark the angle with a pencil.” If the 1×2 is flush with the side I’d only get straight angles. How do you figure out the angle of the cut?

    1. Hi, thanks for the question. I held the 1×2 up against the side of the nightstand and positioned it at the correct angle to the top and bottom frame, drew the line onto the board, and set my saw to match that angle. The angled cut will then be flush with the top and bottom frames when you put it in place. Hope that helps!

  2. Started making this night stand and I am loving it already! But I soon realized I was missing the bottom of my drawer because it was not on the cut list. It would be a good thing to put this on the list for the future so other people know the dimensions of the bottom of the drawer!

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