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DIY Tall Nightstand Build Plans

Build these beautiful tall nightstands to give your bedroom extra storage and style.

New nightstand in our master bedroom has been on my to-do list for way to long. With all the other projects, I kept putting them off. But not anymore…

I partnered with Kreg Tools and their new project plan site, BuildSomething.com, to design the perfect nightstand and share the build plans with you for free!

And now I am so sad that I didn’t build these gorgeous DIY nightstands earlier!

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DIY nightstand with plant and clock on it next to bed with text overlay.

Tall Nightstands

One of the best things about building your own furniture is you are not limited to standard heights. Most nightstands you will buy in the stores are 24-26″ tall.

But mattresses have gotten thicker and beds have gotten higher. So you these nightstands are so tiny next to the bed and make it hard to find items on the bedside table.

How tall should a nightstand be?

You nightstands should be the same height as your mattress, give or take an inch or two. That will put those necessary items easily within reach when in bed.

So I designed these DIY nightstands to be tall enough to fit next to taller modern mattresses. They come in at 28 3/4″ tall! Plus that means there is room for loads of storage for your bedroom.

Gorgeous DIY solid wood nightstand next to bed with white duvet.

Beautiful Nightstand Storage

We use our nightstands as charging stations for our electronics. This includes our phones, tablets, earbuds, and more! But all those cords and cases really cluttered up the table top.

So for these nightstands I designed them with a second shelf! Now all the charging can still happen, but the top of the nightstand is clean and clear. Or at least ready for me to decorate properly.

DIY tall nightstand with a plant on top next to the bed.

But I wanted to make the additional shelf feel like it was purposeful, not just like the third drawer was left out of the plans.

This idea went through quite a few designs until I finally figured it out. The top and shelf are slightly extended from the base of the nightstand. And the sides are built out with a corbel like piece.

Now the shelf looks like it was there first! And the open sides to the shelf make it super easy to access your charging devices if necessary.

Close up of the open shelf on the top of the nightstand with beautiful details.

Solid Wood Nightstands

The design of these DIY nightstands was also made to use standard sized lumber. And all the joints easily come together with the Kreg Jig. This makes them great for anyone to build.

The only plywood used in the design is for the drawer boxes. This leaves you with a solid piece of furniture that will last forever.

You could use solid wood for the drawer boxes too if you prefer. I like to make my drawer boxes out of plywood since I know I can cut straight boards easily on my table saw giving me perfectly square drawer boxes.

Side view of the DIY nightstand with a plant on top.

White Oak with Liming Wax Finish

Oak has had a bad rap since the bad builder grade cabinets of the 90s. But I am truly loving the beauty of this less expensive hardwood! It all started with the wood light fixture I made last month.

So when my local lumber yard had white oak on sale I knew I wanted to try building with it. I have worked with softer hardwoods in the past, but the white oak was definitely the hardest I have made a bigger project out of.

Because of that these nightstands are a lot heavier than I thought. But I love that they will not be sliding around on the hardwood floor next to the bed.

Also, I broke a two bits drilling my pocket holes into the harder wood. I learned that you need to make sure to get the drill up to speed before touching the bit to the wood so it can bite through it without breaking off the tip.

Tall nightstand with 2 drawers and open shelf for charging electronics or storing books.

To finish my DIY nightstands, I decided to play up the grain of the white oak. The open grain pattern on it was perfect for trying out a liming wax finish which I have been admiring on my friends dining room table for a while now.

The white wax fills in the grain of the wood making it stand out. But also making the oak a little brighter and whiter. Then I finished it off with a coat of my new favorite sealer: Maker Brand Simple Finish.

The end result is amazing! I am excited to try the liming wax on other woods soon.

Close up of the grain of the white oak nightstands with liming wax finish to highlight the grain.

Easy Tapered Leg Jig

One thing I like to do with each new build plan is to try something new. And besides using a new wood, I also made my first table saw jig!

The legs of this nightstand are tapered. It gives them an extra fancy appearance. And while it looks hard, with a simple jig it is not.

The jig is made with a scrap of 3/4″ plywood. Cut it straight on your tables so you have a straight edge on both sides. One side will ride along the fence and the other will hold the leg.

Then when you mark off the angle of the taper on your leg board. You clamp it to one edge of you plywood so the part you want cut off is hanging over the edge.

2x2 leg piece clamped to plywood to make a tapered leg jig.

Lay a scrap of 1×2 along the inside edge of the leg and secure it to the plywood with wood screws (I used 1 1/4″ Kreg pocket hole screws since they are self-tapping). Then use a 2×2 scrap along the bottom and secure.

Securing scraps of wood around the 2x2 leg as stops for the jig.

You can add self-adjusting toggle clamps (Amazon link) to the jig like I did to quickly and easily clamp the boards, but it is not necessary. However, these clamps are easy to remove from the jig to move to a new jig for the next project so they are a good investment.

Screwing down self-adjusting clamps on the jig to clamp down the 2x2 legs.

Then clamp your board to the jig making sure the side is flush to the 1×2 and the bottom is flush to the 2×2 board.

Run it through your table saw cutting off the angle on the bottom of the leg.

Cutting off the first taper with the table saw and the tapered leg jig.

Rotate the leg 90 degrees in the jig, and cut again.

2x2 clamped into the jig sitting on the table saw.

Then continue until you have cut off the angle on all 4 sides creating the perfect tapered leg!

Cutting the forth side of the taper off on the table saw with the tapered leg jig.

DIY Nightstand Build Plans

If you are ready to build your own nightstands, I am sharing the plans for free on BuildSomething.com. 

Click here for the complete build plans!

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

Thank you to Kreg Tools for sponsoring this post. I only recommend products that I use and love and all opinions are 100% my own. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

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