Kentwood Nightstands or End Tables

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 02/07/2012 - 10:14
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How to build end tables or nightstands. Free simple step by step DIY plans to build nightstands inspired by Restoration Hardware Kenwood Nightstand.

It's been a busy time for us in Alaska. We are emerging from hibernation.

Days before Christmas, last YEAR, temperatures dropped below -30 degrees below zero (before wind chill).

And they stayed there, sometimes even going below -50 degrees below zero. For six weeks.

For six weeks, we haven't gone outside in Alaska. My car won't start, and the truck did start, and then started blowing oil out the top of the engine.

We have cabin fever. We need fresh air. 
So when the weather broke, to a balmy 10 degrees with gusts of 20 from the east, we feel like we are in tropical paradise.
So we have been spending a little time outside, catching up on things like breathing fresh air and feeling sunshine on our skin. Wonderful things that one never takes for granted in Alaska.
Today, we so greatly appreciate Whitney from Shanty2Chic for building this plan.

Well, of course, equally amazing nightstand plans have to be on there way too!  You can read more details and see tons more photos of Whitney's nightstands here, and of course, the plans follow.  
Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

2 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1x4 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
¾” plywood cut into 15 ¾” strips x 20 ½” long – one required, additional for shelves optional
1 – 48” wide by at least 22” high pine wainscoting panel for sides and door
Optional ¼” plywood for back
Set of 2 2” strap hinges
Knob or handle
Magnetic clasp
1 ¼” pocket hole screws
1 ¼” finish nails
¾” finish nails
Wood glue

Cut List

2 – 1x2 @ 12 ¾”
2 – 1x4 @ 12 ¾”
4 – 1x2 @ 26 ¼”
2 – ¼” paneling or plywood @ 15 ¾” 21 ¾”
1 – ¾” plywood @ 15 ¾” x 20 ½” (additional for shelves)
4 – 1x3 @ 26 ¼”
2 – 1x2 @ 17”
2 – 1x4 @ 17”
4 – 1x4 @ 22 ½”
2 – 1x3 @ 16 ¾”
2 – 1x3 @ 14”
1 – ¼” paneling or plywood @ 16” x 19”

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
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

You will need to build two sides. I recommend a Kreg Jig here for the easiest and best edge to edge joint.

Step 2

Then just cover the back in plywood or planking of choice. This completes to two sides.

Step 3

Now we add the bottom shelf.

Step 4

Next, build the front and back frames.

Step 5

Step 6

Build the top first, then attach to top.

Step 7

Next, build the door as shown here, and attach with hinges.

Step 8

And if you want, you can add a back.

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.
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Wed, 02/22/2012 - 10:10

I had in mind something similar a while back but something that opens at the top that I can keep next to the toilet in the bathroom so it can hide the plunger and toilet brush. And then put a little latch on the door to keep my kids from trying to investigate it.

Guest (not verified)

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 18:21

Is there another link for the plans to make the headboard? The link here just opens up a thumbnail photo, but doesnt go anywhere.

Stacie (not verified)

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 11:43

I see the top is built from 1x4 cut to 22.5". The cut list calls for 4 boards, but the width of the 4 is only 14". The picture has 5 boards, which give the correct dimensions of 17.5" listed in the drawing. Is the correct number to cut actually 5, or did I miss something?

In reply to by Stacie (not verified)


Sun, 05/06/2012 - 20:07

You should never trust a cutlist completely unless you've made it yourself, and even then you should probably hold it suspect. They're tricky things. The most recent Popular Woodworking had a good article on how to create and use your own cutlist.

Randy Endemann (not verified)

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 10:41

Hi Anna -

I am getting ready to build this, but to make it fit our room, I have to reduce the height by about 2.5 - 3 inches. Before I go and redesign everything in Sketchup, is there any way you can email me your sketchup file to work from?

Thanks in advance!


Dan Pelton (not verified)

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 11:19

Do you have any other plans for other projects?
We loved this one.


Thu, 01/24/2013 - 09:51

Hi Ana, just want to say that I LOVE LOVE your work !!!! I'm planing on doing the toddler farmhouse bed but I also wanted to make this adorable nightstand to go with it... would it be possible to make it smaller ? this is the first time, so I don't know how to start on doing the measurement adjustments for a smaller nightstand... please if you can help !!!

thanks :)

Shell and Berto

Fri, 09/20/2013 - 14:44

I built these for my wife, I can't complete them because I can't find 2 inch strap hinges!!!!!!!! I'm going nuts, can't even find them online. I can find the silver color kind, but no black. Please reply with a link or something where I can get them. Thanks.