Bedside Charging Table or Nighstand

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 13:15
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So before anyone says it, no, we don't have five phones that need to charge every night.

And no, we aren't planning on adding two (more) kids to our bed ... and the one currently sleeping in the middle does not have a cell phone.

So why on earth did I drill five charging holes in this bedside table?

You got me ... 

Maybe it's because when you see an opportunity for convenience, you take full advantage of it.

The mere idea of having a dedicated charging station built right into my bedside table or nightstand made me go a little crazy with the spade bit.  Can you blame a girl?

This kind of order to cord clutter isn't a dream you can just go out and buy.  It's something you just have to DIY.

And you might as well dream big, right?  So why not add a secret compartment in the back that flips up for mounting a power strip to plug all those cords in?

 Why not?

I was amazed at how fast this little bedside table went together.  For those of you that follow me on instagram, you can testify that there was no more than 46 minutes between when this photo was taken ...

And when this photo was taken ....

And then, well, I got hungry, got sucked into pinterest, (Note to self - don't get on Pinterest hungry ever again) had to get the kids from school ... so it took me another day to get those doors done and a back put on.  

And then the stain .... how to make brand spanking new boards look old?  That did take some time - not trying to be punny here! - but not years and years and years.

But all in all - I have to say, this project is one of the simplest and easiest projects I've done in a while (for a full piece of furniture anyway).  It's because this little bedside table doesn't have a face frame, so lots of steps were saved there.

It's also pretty little - not quite table height, but perfect for a bedside table.  If you are thinking this would make a great console, I'd definitely make those sides 3" taller (for table height) or 9" taller (for countertop height).

That's the great thing about DIY - you are the boss of your project and you can make your project fit your needs!  

Enjoy the plans!

XO Ana

Dimensions are shown above


Shopping List

1 - 1x12 @ 10 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 12 feet long
1 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long
1/4" plywoof for back at least 21" x 31"
32" of edge moulding (for front top edge)
1/2" plywood for center of doors (or you could use 1/4" plywood on backs)
I used 1 1/4" and 1" pocket hole screws and 1 1/4" finish nails for fastening
3 sets of simple butt hinges (I used the smallest ones I could find)

Cut List

2 - 1x12 @ 27" (sides)
2 - 1x4 @ 29 1/2" (bottom footers)
2 - 1x12 @ 29 1/2" (shelves)
1 - 1x6 @ 29 1/2" (charging divider)
2 - 1x6 @ 32" (top)
1 - 1/4" plywood @ 21 1/2" x 31"
1 - Edge moulding 32" long x 3/4" thick (for top front edge)

DOORS - Cut to fit! See last step

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Okie-dok - I choose to build this way just because sometimes your 1x4 boards (and all 1x board for the matter) aren't as true to width as you'd like them to be! But no biggie, we can work around all this just by the order we build.

I started by attaching the two footers to the bottom with pocket holes. Of course you can use screws or nails or whatever you fancy!

I inset the front footer a teeny bit just to add interest. But when I did this, things got real tight with the jigsaw, and I had to do some very uncomfortable jigsawing. Don't be like me - cut your front footer out first, then attach it :)

Step 2

Then just slap the bottom shelf on top.

If you are using pocket holes, make sure your pocket holes don't line right up on top of the footer boards. I did that ... I know, you are smarter than me, you won't do that.

Step 3

Now place the top divider flush to the top. You can actually place just about anywhere - I choose the middle where the two top boards meet up.

Step 4

Under that divider, place the remaining shelf. Make sure you are square all the way across and the shelf is level.

Step 5

Step 6

And then just hinged the top back board on.

Somewhere in these steps, you probably want to drill out holes for the cords too ....

Step 7

Put a back on to keep the interior shelf contents in place - I just used a scrap piece of beadboard.

PS - If you want shelves in the interior cabinet, use 1x10s - you'll need about 30" for shelf.

Step 8

And then finally the doors. I made my doors to fit. Each door I left about 1/8" clearance on all sides, so the door itself is 1/4" less in height and width than the opening.

For my doors, I used 1/2" plywood in the centers framed by 1x4 rails and stiles. I joined the 1x4s together into a frame with 3/4" pocket holes and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. Then I carefully cut out 1/2" plywood to exactly fit the openings, and drilled 1/2" pocket holes around the sides of the plywood. Then I attached the plywood to the inside of the frame with 1" pocket hole screws and glue. Very easy, very sturdy door - and with the 1/2" plywood in the middle, it helped stiffen up the door and will resist warping/expanding/contracting or otherwise behaving like wood.

Get building!!!

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
Project Type


Margy Mercer

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 12:29

I like the 5 slots! I have a phone, a tablet, a baby monitor, and a heated blanket! I recently drilled a hole in the back Of my bedside dresser, so I can have all my charging things in the top drawer hidden away. But this is a much better idea! Thank you!

Margy Mercer

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 12:29

I like the 5 slots! I have a phone, a tablet, a baby monitor, and a heated blanket! I recently drilled a hole in the back Of my bedside dresser, so I can have all my charging things in the top drawer hidden away. But this is a much better idea! Thank you!


Fri, 05/03/2013 - 12:13

I think this would be amazing as some sort of storage buffet looking thing in an entryway. Adjust the dimensions to make it taller/wider and put in a shelf or two on the inside. Also make a false drawer front that hinges open like a keyboard drawer but no slide. For my house it would be perfect to charge all our stuff by the front door and I would use the shelves for shoe storage and the kids' Bible bags and the diaper bag and my purse. Place a decorative bowl on the top for keys and dog leash, etc.


Wed, 05/15/2013 - 16:52

I love this stain. Can you please tell us what color and technique you used on this table?


Tue, 07/23/2013 - 08:02

How much are materials for this amazing nightstand? I wanna try but am a little nervous. Thanks :)


Sun, 04/06/2014 - 10:48

I want to make two of these at half the length (one for each side of the bed), and with the charging shelf 4 inches from the top instead of 6. what in the shopping list would i need to change?
I was also going to use the plans for the kentwood night stand for the doors, would this work? how would that change the shopping list?