Side Table or Nightstand [Super Simple Collection]

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If you need an inexpensive and easy to make nightstand or side table, try this super simple end table or nightstand.  Generously sized and sturdy, with a low bottom shelf for easy access, the clean lines blend with almost any style or decor.  Solid wood construction, paint or stain any color. 

This is our easiest to build end table, side table, bedside table or nightstand plan. Free step by step plans with diagrams, shopping and cut list from Ana-White.com

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Side Table or Nightstand

We are working on an Airbnb project.  For the bedrooms, I need sturdy, great looking, but simple nightstands to match the Compact Modern Farmhouse Bed I just built.  

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The nightstands or bedside tables don't need to be fancy.  They just need to be a good sized surface for guests to set things on top.  

Super Simple End Table or Nightstand Plans Features

  • Very easy to build, faster to build than assembling flat pack furniture
  • Generous sized, so feels expensive and substantial
  • Can be painted or stained any color
  • Sturdy and strong
  • Bottom shelf for large basket or extra pillows and blankets
  • Simple style blends with farmhouse style, modern style, or with existing pieces

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Video Tutorial of Building this Nightstand

Here's a quick video of me building this nightstand.

More Plans in this Collection

If you love this project, we've got you covered with matching coffee table, narrow end table, console table, and many more plans that match.  Here's the link to the entire collection of plans.

Free Plans for Super Simple Side Table 

This is our easiest to build nightstand, end table or bedside table.  No special tools are required.  Here's the step by step plans:

Dimensions
dimensions for super simple side table plans
Generously sized, 22" tall x 22-1/2" x 22-1/2" top. Bottom shelf is about 19" x 19" x about 17" tall

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long or stud length
  • 1 - 1x10 @ 4 feet long
  • 1 - 1x12 @ 4 feet long
  • 16 - 2-1/2" long self tapping screws, star bit like SPAX or GRK brands
  • 32 - 1-1/2" to 2" long self tapping screws, star bit like SPAX or GRK brands, OR use 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue
Cut List
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 21-1/4" - legs
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 19" - side supports
  • 2 - 1x10 @ 22"  - bottom shelf
  • 2 - 1x12 @ 22-1/2" - top shelf

Cutting Instructions

For professional looking furniture, good, straight cuts are very important.  Use a miter saw or chop saw, or a circular saw with guide to make cuts first.

Measure and cut each piece.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Drill
Miter Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Use a flat, level surface to construct the project.

Instructions

Step 1

Build two of the leg sets using the longer screws, two screws per joint.

Step 2

Attach the bottom shelf 1x10 boards inside the leg sets, so the edges are flush on the outsides.

Use either glue and 1-1/4" brad nails to attach, or shorter star bit screws.

For paint grade, star bit screws are easy to fill with wood filler and hide and will be a stronger joint.

For a stain finish, nails are easiest to hide.  Just use a good amount of glue.

Be careful to make sure the legs are square to each other, you will know if the edges of the 1x10s aren't lining up right.

Step 3

Repeat for the top 1x12s.

NO Top Overhang Option - I cut the 1x12 top pieces at 22" long.  Since this was a bedside table (where the back is against a wall), I started at the front 1x12, flush on the front and sides.  Then I added the back 1x12 and let it overhang about 1/2" on the back.  For a floating side table or end table where the back is visible, you can trim the back edge with a circular saw.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill any fastener holes with wood filler, overfilling as the wood filler will shrink as it dries.

When dry, sand entire project with 120 grit sandpaper. Remove all sanding residue with a vacuum with soft bristled brush. Also wipe clean with a damp cloth.

A good sanding will make a huge difference in the overall success of the project.
Finish Used
I painted this nightstand with a semi gloss white paint. I used two coats. I did a very light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper between coats.
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