Do you have a nightstand that just isn’t cutting it? Maybe you don’t have one at all and you have nowhere to put your important things that have to be by your bedside. If you’re like me, a nightstand is a must. I use mine for books and of course, my phone which charges while I sleep. Whether you have a nightstand that you’re just not happy with or you need one, there are some amazing ways to DIY your nightstand and I’ve found some really easy and cheap ones that you can try.
There are so many things that you may have in your home that could double as a bedside table. From bar carts to upside down trash cans, there is always something that you can use to keep those important items at hand while you rest. I’ve found some amazing ways that you can DIY a nightstand and not spend a fortune doing it. There are 30 cheap and easy DIY nightstand ideas in this collection and all of them give you wonderful ways to spruce up the bedroom without breaking the bank. I’m all about DIY furniture and these nightstand ideas fit in perfectly with whatever your bedroom theme may be. If the farmhouse look is your thing, be sure to check out these 55 DIY farmhouse furniture and décor ideas.
You really can turn basically anything into a gorgeous and functional nightstand. From building it yourself out of pallets to simply repurposing other furniture pieces, you are sure to find the perfect stand to complement your bedroom and give you loads of space. If all you want is to just refinish your existing wooden nightstand, you should check out this quick and easy way to refinish old wooden furniture. It will bring that furniture back to its beautiful original shape.
So whether you’re looking to build a new nightstand from scratch or you’re like me and you really love the idea of repurposing something else to make your bedside table, you’re going to find the perfect DIY nightstand idea in here that will save you a fortune over buying a new one. Let’s get those creative DIY juices flowing and learn different ways to add a unique and charming nightstand to your bedroom. Most of these projects are so easy that you can have them finished by bedtime.
16. Repurposed Trash Can Nightstand
17. Upcycled Pallet Wood Nightstand
I love projects that involve pallets. I have a stack of old pallets just waiting for the perfect project and this one just may be it. You can build a nightstand from those pallets and you can get pallets for free from many lumber yards and home improvement stores. If you have to buy them, they’re not much and they can be used to make these adorable little nightstands.
18. DIY Floating Nightstand
If you’re short on space but still want a nightstand, this floating version is perfect. Not only is it cheap and easy to build, it takes up so very little space. Floating nightstands are great for small spaces and this one in particular can be built for literally nothing if you have a few key supplies on hand. It’s just a wooden disc that is held at the ceiling by rope. It’s an easy and really simple idea that will take you less than an hour to build.
19. DIY Wooden Nightstand With Bun Feet
If design is what you’re after, this DIY nightstand may just fit the bill. It has adorable little bun feet that are perfect for adding a bit of elegance to the room. Plus, it’s a really easy build and if you have wood left over from other projects, it’s a free build, which is always great. There’s even a drawer for keeping your unmentionables safe or holding books or other items.
20. Rustic Tree Stump Nightstand
Turn an old tree stump into a wonderful nightstand! If you’re looking to add a log cabin feel to your bedroom, this nightstand is perfect. It doesn’t have drawers or other storage areas but it is an amazing stand and perfectly holds your books and other items on top. It’s also really easy to build and if you have an old stump to use, it’s free!
21. Simple Salvaged Wood Nightstand
Turn that salvaged wood from other projects into this simple yet fully functional nightstand. This one won’t take you long at all to build and since you’re using salvaged wood, it’s practically free. It has a wonderful opening on the front to store your books and other items and plenty of space on top for a lamp, too. It’s simple yet elegant and is so easy to build, you’ll want one for each side of the bed.
22. DIY Farmhouse Style Nightstand
This stand is actually a side stand for a desk but I think it would make a lovely nightstand. It has such a rustic farmhouse look, too that is really attractive and it’s not at all difficult to build. You could use salvaged barn wood which would be a wonderful addition to the bedroom or use any wood that you have on hand and then simply distress it a bit when you’re finished building it.
23. Simple Pallet Table With Legs
You can use those pallets to make this wonderful little side table that requires very little work. I love the dark wood on top of white legs, although you can do whatever color scheme you need to match your existing décor. You’ll need the four wooden legs and then the top is just a piece of a pallet. You can use a larger pallet to make two of these so you have matching tables on each side of the bed.
24. Repurposed Wooden Crate Nightstand
Take a couple of wooden crates, stack one on top of the other, and you have a wonderful nightstand that didn’t take much work and costs you nothing (provided you already have the wooden crates on hand, that is.) This is one of the easiest and least expensive projects on the list and it’s one of my favorites. I love the simplicity of it and it has that great farmhouse quality, too.
25. Repurposed Cinder Block Nightstand
A couple of cinder blocks and some boards are all you really need to create a functional nightstand. You can even do without the boards and just stand up two cinder blocks and top them with a small block. The openings give you places to put books and other items and this doesn’t take up much space so it’s great for a smaller bedroom. If you have cinder blocks, this one won’t cost you anything.
26. Rustic Wine Barrel Nightstand
The best DIY projects are the ones that don’t require any work, right? This wine barrel nightstand is one of those. You don’t have to do anything except take a wine barrel into your bedroom and start placing your things on it. I’m a huge fan of decorating with wine barrels and this nightstand idea is definitely one of my favorites. You can of course, paint or stain it to make it match your décor, or just leave it plain for a great rustic look.
27. Industrial Beam Nightstand
This nightstand idea comes from Etsy and while these are not exactly cheap – they’re around $250 for each table– they’re very unique, so they deserve a spot on the list. They’re made with heavy wood and held together with gorgeous black metal and they’re sure to give your bedroom a wonderful industrial look – or a farmhouse look, depending on what you’re after.
28. DIY X Leg Nightstand
This little nightstand is an easy build and it has a great style that is sure to fit into your existing décor. The little X legs are easy to put together and the top of the table features a compartment for keeping your books and other nighttime items safe and secure. I love the dark wood on white legs, although you can do any color scheme that you need to match your current bedroom furnishings.
29. Repurposed Filing Cabinet Night Table
You can find two drawer filing cabinets at thrift stores and flea markets for just a few dollars each. Turn those cabinets into beautiful nightstands with just a coat of paint. You can also really decorate it up with scrapbook paper and Mod Podge – which would be perfect for a little one’s room – or just stain or paint it to match your existing bedroom décor. This is a cheap and easy way to get the nightstand you need without much work.
30. DIY Mini Farmhouse Night Tables
You can build two little farmhouse styled night tables for very little and have that amazing rustic look in the bedroom. These look like little butcher’s block tables and they’re amazing for storage with their drawers. They’ll instantly add that farmhouse look to the bedroom and they are much easier to make than you may think. You won’t spend a lot on these either, even if you have to run out and buy all of the needed materials.