How to Build a Floating Nightstand

Search no further for a bedside buddy. Make this stylish storage sidekick for under $30.

A little glitter and some inexpensive foam create this party-ready welcome sign.

This double shelf might look like it's levitating, but trust us, it's securely attached to the wall, putting a clock, cup of water, and eyeglasses within groggy reach. Bonus: Its "floating" design frees up floor space underneath, making it the perfect solution for a small bedroom. Adjust the measurements of the shelves to best fit your space, and paint or stain your desired shade.

Take a look at more creative nightstand storage ideas.

What You Need

  • 12x24-inch plywood board
  • Sandpaper
  • 8x24-inch prefinished white shelf
  • 2-1/2- or 3-inch hole saw
  • Multisurface glue
  • Clamps
  • Drill
  • 1-inch screws
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • 2-1/2-inch drywall screws

Step 1: Cut Plywood

Cut a 12×24-inch piece of crafts plywood in half to make two 6×24-inch shelves. If you have a power saw at home, you can use this, or have your local home store make the cut. Sand the edges of the two shelves smooth.

Editor's Tip: We purchased our plywood at a home center, but if you're looking for a specific species of wood, look at local specialty lumber retailers.

Choose the right plywood for your project with these tips.

Step 2: Cut Hole

Cut a spot for a drinking glass in the end of one shelf with a 2-1/2- or 3-inch hole saw. Sand around the edges of the cutout until smooth.

Step 3: Assemble Nightstand

Sand a prefinished white shelf (also from a home center—ours is 8×24 inches). This will help remove any clear coat or finish on the white board and help it better adhere to the other pieces. Attach the two plywood shelves to the top and bottom of the prefinished shelf with multisurface glue. Hold in place with clamps and let dry overnight.

Follow these instructions to use wood clamps.

Step 4: Drill Pilot Holes

Measure and mark holes every few inches on the top and bottom of the nightstand for stability. Predrill the marked holes. Screw shelves onto the prefinished white board with 1-inch screws. Mark four mounting holes on the front of the white shelf, 16 inches apart, and drill pilot holes. This way, all holes should line up with a wall stud.

Step 5: Attach Unit to Wall

Locate wall studs with a stud finder and mark with a pencil. Make sure to drill the unit into studs for strength and support. Hold the shelf in place and mark level. Secure to wall depending on what type of wall you have. If you have plaster walls, you may want to use anchors. If you have drywall, attach shelving unit to wall studs with drywall screws.

See how to use a stud finder.

2 Comments

  1. I suggest rounding the front corners of the floating nightstand with a jigsaw to avoid sharp edges.

  2. Floating nightstand or..... shelf? LOL Whatever you call it, this is a good idea.



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