This DIY furniture piece is perfect for small bedrooms. Plus, its bonus phone caddy lets you charge without cord tangles.

By Hannah Bruneman
June 20, 2019
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Every bedroom needs a nightstand, but not every room can spare the space. To utilize the area adjacent to your bed, consider building a wall-mounted nightstand. This solution frees up floor space so you can slide a basket or bin underneath to hold slippers, books, or blankets. Our smart design features a phone caddy with a hole to thread a charger cord through. See how to make the DIY bedroom furniture piece, below.

nightstand wall-mount shelf with phone charger hole

How to Make a Wall-Mounted Nightstand

Save space in a small bedroom with this DIY nightstand. Before you begin, make sure you have all the materials on the supply list.

Supplies Needed:

  • 3/4 x 24 x 48-inch plywood
  • (2) 1 x 12 x 96-inch boards
  • Table saw
  • Kreg Jig
  • Orbital sander
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Drill and bits
  • 1-1/4-inch pocket screws
  • Paint or stain, if desired
  • Pin nailer
  • 1-1/4-inch pin nails
  • Pocket hole plugs

Cut List:

  • Frame top and bottom: (2) 3/4 x 11-1/4 x 20-inches
  • Frame sides: (2) 3/4 x 11-1/4 x 18-1/2-inches
  • Back: 3/4 x 18-1/2 x 18-1/2-inches
  • Phone caddy bottom: 3/4 x 10-1/2 x 10-3/4-inches
  • Phone caddy side: 3/4 x 10-1/2 x 6-inches

Step-by-Step Instructions

Start this easy furniture project in the morning and it’ll be ready to install before you go back to bed!

add pocket holes to wood piece with kreg jig
sand wood pieces after creating pocket holes

Step 1: Make Pocket Holes

Before you begin, use a table saw to cut all boards to size according to the cut list above. Use a Kreg Jig to cut three pocket holes 1-1/2-inches in from both ends of the frame sides. The phone caddy side board should have two pocket holes along each long edge. The phone caddy bottom should have two pocket holes along one 10-1/2-inch side. Once you've made all of the pocket holes, use an orbital sander to sand all pieces smooth.

apply glue to end of wood piece
secure wood pieces with pocket hole screws

Step 2:  Assemble Frame

To begin building the DIY nightstand, assemble the outer frame first. Place the frame top, bottom, and sides in a rectangular formation, butting the joints. The pocket holes should face the inside of the build. Glue and clamp until the glue dries. Drill through each pre-drilled pocket hole with 1-1/4-inch pocket screws.

apply wood glue for phone caddy section
secure phone caddy to piece with pocket screws
secure wood caddy with pocket hole screws

Step 3: Build Phone Caddy

Next, you will assemble the phone caddy. Align the bottom and side boards of the phone caddy in an L shape, butting the joints. They should join along the 10-1/2-inch edges. Glue and let dry, then secure with 1-1/4-inch pocket screws.

Attach the phone caddy to the frame with glue and 1-1/4-inch pocket screws. Make sure the front edges are flush with the box.  If desired, drill a hole through the side of the box for charging cords to go through.

secure back piece to nightstand with nails
Credit: Marty Baldwin

Step 4: Attach Back

Once the caddy is attached to the frame, flip the nightstand over so the front (where the phone caddy is flush to the frame) is facing down. Place the plywood back in the frame. It should sit on the back of the phone caddy and be flush with the back of the frame. Attach back with pin nails.

Editor's Tip: If you want the back of the nightstand to be an accent color, paint the back board before attaching.

add pocket hole plugs and sand piece
Credit: Marty Baldwin

Step 5: Fill Holes and Finish

Plug pocket holes with Kreg pocket hole plugs and sand smooth until flush with nightstand. Paint, seal, or stain, if desired.


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