Mounted on a swivel base, the tool chest pictured reaches the desired height (in relation to the bed) and offers convenient portability. Thrift stores (and Grandma’s attic) are chockablock with vintage suitcases. Stacked on top of one another, two or three can serve as an offbeat, eye-catching, yet perfectly functional DIY nightstand. If you want, lay a cut-to-size pane of glass—or even a mirror—on top of the uppermost case for a smooth, easily cleaned surface. Nightstands are important: They are one of the last things we see before we go to bed and one of the first things we see when waking up.
Youngsters will have an much easier time accessing a smaller piece of furniture, so a nightstand is perfect. Your child is imagination could even make it into a fire department or doll residence through playtime. You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.