Farmhouse Bedside Table

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 06/20/2019 - 13:04
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A bedside table to match our Farmhouse Beds. Features one large bottom shelf and one large drawer built with no drawer slides.  Free step by step plans with diagrams created by Ana White.

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farmhouse nighstand bedside table dimensions
Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

1 – 1×12 @ 6 feet long

2 – 1×6 @ 8 feet long

4 – 2×2 @ 8 feet long

2 – 1×2 @ 8 feet long

1/4″ plywood scrap, at least 24″ x 8″ (minimum, ideally 26″ x 8 1/2″)

2 1/2″ Screws or Pocket Hole Screws

1 1/4″ Finish nails or Screws

Wood Glue, wood filler and finishing supplies

2 Knobs

Cut List

2 – 1×12 @ 8 3/4″ (Sides)

2 – 1×2 @ 11 1/2″ (Side Trim – needs to be width of your 1x12s)

4 – 2×2 @ 26 1/4″ (Legs)

2 – 2×2 @ 11 1/2″ (Side Stretchers, same width as your 1x12s)

6 – 2×2 @ 23″ (Front/Back Trim)

1 – 1/4″ Plywood or paneling or other sheet goods @ 26″ x 8 1/2″ (back, optional)

3 – 1×2 @ 11 1/2″ (Top Supports)

3 – 1×6 @ 28″ (Top)

2 – 1×6 @ 22 3/4″ (Front and Back of Drawer)

2 – 1×6 @ 11 1/2″ (Width of 1×12 – Sides of Drawers)

1 – 1×12 @ 21 1/4″ (Bottom of drawer)

1 – 1×12 @ 26″ (Bottom Shelf)

2 – 1×2 @ 23″ (Bottom Shelf Trim)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


Step 1

Sides Build the sides by screwing or nailing from the insides into the back sides of the 1×2 trim, as shown above. Remember that the 1x2s are on the outside, so hide your fasteners on the back side. Use glue. Make sure trim is flush on top and ends with the 1×12. You will need to build two of these.

Step 2

Legs Next add the legs to the project as shown above. Predrill holes and use glue and 2 1/2″ screws. Finish with the bottom stretcher. You will need to do this on both sides.

Step 3

Front/Back Trim Join the two side pieces with the front and back trim as shown above. Use 2 1/2″ screws and glue.

Step 4

Back This could even be a stiff cardboard or hardboard if that’s what you have on hand. Try asking at your hardware store for a scrap piece of plywood or a damaged sheet to save extra money. Tack on with either 1 1/4″ finish nails or screws and glue.

Step 5

Step 6

Top The top needs to overhang the base by 1″ on all sides. If you have a pocket hole system, build your top, then screw the base to the top through the supports. Otherwise, screw the supports to the top, starting with the middle top board, and minimizing gaps between the boards as you screw the outer boards to the supports.

Step 7

Drawer Build your drawer as shown above. Use screws and glue. The bottom is inset, with all sides screwed into the bottom. The front is merely false cuts made with a circular saw with the saw blade set at 1/8″.

Step 8

Drawer Slides What I would start with is screwing the drawer slides in place, flush with the bottom of the sides. Then fit the drawer in and unscrew the drawer slide and adjust until the gap around the top and sides is even and the drawer slides in and out nicely.

Step 9

Front Trim Attach the front trim to the legs as shown above, leaving an even gap on the underside of the drawer.

Step 10

Bottom Shelf You can lay the bottom shelf on the side stretchers, or you can screw to the legs as shown above.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
For a stained finish, be very careful to not let glue dry on any exposed seams or areas. Sand and stain, followed with wood filler that matches the stain, followed with a light sanding, a second coat of stain, and a clear top coat.


Alexiis (not verified)

Fri, 01/14/2011 - 04:22

I am SOOOO happy you posted this! I have been waiting for this one...can't wait to get started!

Megan (not verified)

Fri, 01/14/2011 - 04:36

Love these! My husband surprised me and built the Farmhouse bed while I was away and it would be awesome to build one of these! Thanks for the plan, you rock!

Jalet (not verified)

Fri, 01/14/2011 - 05:12

Boy if the legs were lengthened, and I added a moulding lip at the front, I could use this as a standing desk for my laptop and have plenty of storage for the stuff I like to keep near my desk. I love this project and I will be building it. Great job and congratulations on the 'smmmoooth' drawers.

Chelle (not verified)

Fri, 01/14/2011 - 05:14

Thank you! I have been in search of a good nightstand to fit the bed I want to make. To Do list just got longer! :)

Rob (not verified)

Fri, 01/14/2011 - 05:36

Ana- Great looking and easy to build as always. One small suggestion: add a drawer stop. Attach a small scrap to the bottom of the drawer box at the back. This will prevent little ones from pulling the drawer all the way out and on to their heads.

Katie (not verified)

Fri, 01/14/2011 - 05:48

I currently have 2 browser windows open with about 10 tabs in each of bedroom furniture that I just don't like. The farmhouse bed and this nightstand are perfect! Did you make your own dresser/chest of drawers to go with these?

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