Nightstand for Modern Farmhouse Bed

Submitted by Ana White on Sun, 08/11/2019 - 11:23
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Build your own farmhouse style nightstands for about $50 each!  Features a large, roomy drawer and planked wood top. You just need a few basic power tools and our easy, beginner plans with step by step diagrams, video tutorial, detailed shopping list and cut list.

Build the matching Modern Farmhouse Bed with our free plans.

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modern farmhouse nightstand with reclaimed wood

Does you bedroom furniture feel "off" - like it's not quite complete?

Always the rebel, for so long, I felt like beds with matching nightstands were, well, too matchy matchy.

modern farmhouse bed

So our bedroom had mixed matched white nightstands paired with our aged wood Modern Farmhouse Bed (plans here).

Do you agree something is just off?  Our bedroom just felt like a room with random furniture in it.  Not the calming master suite that I was going for.

So this week, I decided to do something about it.  I went against my fear of conforming .... and built MATCHING NIGHTSTANDS. 

**gasp!**

modern farmhouse bed with matching nightstands

Same room.  Same bed.  Same wall paint color.  New nightstands. 

What. A. Difference.

I also added a rug, simplified the bedding, printed new artwork from Etsy, and more curtains.  Of course, all these things help - but nothing made a difference like building the matching nightstands.

The good news is these nightstands are quick and easy builds - I promise! - and not hundreds of dollars in materials, so you can upgrade your bedroom too, without breaking the bank.

 

Use as an End Table Too

This nightstand can also be used in the living room as an end table or occasional table.

rustic farmhouse end table

Here it is next to a standard living room side chair. 

We love it sooooo much in our living room - we might have to make a couple more ... and a matching coffee table?!?!  What do you think?

 

See it Get Built - Video Tutorial

If you are interested in building this nightstand, please take a moment to watch the build video - HOW this nightstand is built is everything.

 

Modern Farmhouse Nightstand Plans

We are happy to share with you our free step by step plans below.  If you build, we very much appreciate brag posts so others can see how your project turned out.

Dimensions
modern farmhouse nightstand dimensions woodworking project
Dimensions shown above - this is a good sized nightstand, but it is easy to modify the height and width

Preparation

Shopping List

1 - 2x4 @ 104-5/8" long (or longer

1 - 1x8 @ 8 feet long

1 - 2x8 @ 8 feet long

1 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long

1 - 1/4" plywood @ 20-1/2" x 19"

18 white euro style drawer slides

Common Materials
3/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
Cut List
  • 4 - 2x4 @ ~7-1/4" - cut to match the width of the 1x8 boards
  • 2 - 1x8 @ 18-1/4" - sides
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 18-1/2" - legs
  • 1 - 1x8 @ 23" - back
  • 1 - 1x8 @ 22-3/4" - drawer face
  • 3 - 2x8 @ 30" - top

 

DRAWER - Do not cut until you can measure the opening and adjust to fit if needed

  • 2 - 1x4 @ 18"
  • 2 - 1x4 @ 19"
  • 1 - 1/4" plywood @ 20-1/2" x 19"
Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

1-1/4" nails can be used for the 1-1/2" nails, if you don't want to buy both

Instructions

Step 1

Use glue and the 1-1/4" or 1-1/2" brad nails to attach the 1x8 sides to the shorter 2x4s.

Line outside edges up carefully.

Hold flush to top, leave any discrepancies at the bottom.

Repeat to build two of the same.

Step 2

Apply glue where legs overlap the sides.

Attach with 2" brad nails and glue, keeping outside edges and top edges flush.

Step 3

Install drawer slide cabinet member on the shorter 2x4s.

Make sure the two drawer slides are installed exactly the same location so your drawer slides evenly.

The front of the drawer slide (wheel side) is flush to the front edge of the shorter 2x4.  The back edge may end short of the back shorter 2x4 depending on your drawer slides.

Repeat for opposite side (but in mirror).

Step 4

Attach back with 1-1/4" or 1-1/2" brad nails and glue.

Step 5

Measure the opening for the drawer cavity.

Read the instructions with your drawer slides.  Common drawer slide clearance is 1" overall (1/2" on each side).  

Figure your drawer size and build to fit.

 

If ALL of the following are TRUE, you can proceed with measurements shown in diagram and given in cut list -

  • Inside width is 21-1/2"
  • 1x4 thickness is 3/4"
  • Drawer slide clearance is 1/2" per side (1" overall)

Cut bottom plywood and nail and glue to bottom with 3/4" brad nails.

Install drawer members on the finished drawer.

Test drawer inside the nightstand.

Step 6

With drawer opening and closing smoothly, nail top boards to the top of the nightstand.  

I kept everything flush to the front to match the look of our modern farmhouse bed, but you can overhang the front (or even cut longer to overhang on the sides) if trying to match our classic farmhouse bed.

Step 7

Cut the drawer face about 1/4" smaller than your front opening.

Apply glue and nail the drawer face to the front of the drawer, leaving an even gap at top and sides, use 1-1/4" brad nails.

Avoid nailing where the hardware will be placed.

Finishing Instructions
Finish Used
We used weathered wood accelerator by Varathane
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Comments

andrew14321

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 04:04

Hi Ana,

Would you mind telling me what stain and wood you used on the Modern Farmhouse Bed picture above, below the first nightstand picture with the gray and white pillows?

Thank you,

Andrew