But while I would argue that owning one is a must, buying one isn’t. There are countless ways to create a DIY nightstand cheaply and easily. Here are five favorites. Besides its chic industrial styling and wonderful metallic blue, what I love about this DIY nightstand is its set of integral drawers that allow for storage of personal items aplenty.
The smaller size of the nightstand makes it the obvious selection to go using a tiny tv. Bedroom nightstands are smaller, and so they fit into the nursery or perhaps a modest child`s room effortlessly. Put the small board books on the shelves or the special treasures in the drawers.
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.
Only when I tried living without a nightstand did I realize how important this modest member of the furniture pantheon really is. Bedside tables perform only one function, but it’s a vital one—keeping the accouterments of a good night’s sleep within easy arm’s reach.