Floating Nightstand

Floating Nightstand

Build a sleek, modern nightstand that attaches directly to the wall and hovers above the floor.

5 col

Difficulty: Difficult

(2) 12 7/8" × 30" pieces of pine (top and bottom of dresser)
(2) 11" × 12 7/8" pieces of pine (sides of dresser)
(1) 9½" × 26" piece of pine (bottom of drawer)
(2) 9½" × 4¾" pieces of pine (sides of drawer)
(1) 7¼" × 28½" piece of pine (bracing board)
(1) 4½" × 26" piece of pine (back of drawer)
(1) 5½" × 28½" piece of pine (face plate)
(2) 30" top and bottom trim pieces
(2) 12 7/8" side trim pieces
16-gauge 1½" finishing nails
Wood glue
Tape measure
Set of 12" drawer sliders
Safety eyewear
17" Speed Square
Pneumatic nail gun
Wood putty (sandable and paintable)
Drill driver
¼" flatbed finishing screws
Air compressor (to charge air gun)
6" circular saw
(2) sponge sanding blocks (1 medium grit, 1 fine grit)
Paint rollers
Paint or wood stain
Paint tray


1. First assemble the body of the nightstand. Apply a line of wood glue along the short edge of a 12 7/8" × 30" piece of pine (this will be the bottom of the dresser)

2. Attach one of the 11" × 12 7/8" pieces of pine (this will be one side of the dresser) to the glued edge. Make sure the boards are flush. Use a rag to clean up any excess glue

3. Use the pneumatic nail gun and 16-gauge finishing nails to secure the glued boards together. Insert nails at the top, bottom and center

4. Repeats steps 1 through 3 to attach the second 11" × 12 7/8" piece of pine to the opposite side of the bottom of the dresser

5. Flip the three connected pieces so that the long board is lying flat on the table. Apply glue to the exposed edges of both side pieces

6. Lay the second 12 7/8" × 30" board on the edges (this will be the top of the dresser). The boards should form a rectangle. Use finishing nails to secure the boards where they’re conjoined on both sides

7. Apply a line of glue to both short sides and one long side of the 7¼" × 28½" bracing board. Attach it to the back of the rectangle so it’s flush with the body of the nightstand.

8. Use the pneumatic nail gun and 16-gauge nails to secure both sides, and then flip the nightstand upside down to nail the bottom of the long side as shown

9. Now it’s time for the drawer sliders! Measure 4¾" down from the top of the body and mark with a pencil. Line it up with the Speed Square, and mark a straight line

10. Repeat for the opposite side of the nightstand body

11. Line up the 12" drawer sliders directly underneath the lines you just marked. The end with the roller should be at the front of the nightstand body, and the other end should be at the back (with the bracing board). Attach the slider to the body with ¼" flatbed finishing screws: one in the center, one in the hole nearest the front of the nightstand, and one in the second hole in from the back. It’s okay if the slider sticks out on the bracing board side, as long as it is flush in the front

12.  Repeat step 11 on the opposite side

13. Now that the sliders are installed, it’s time to build the drawer. Apply wood glue to one long edge of a 9½" × 4¾" piece of pine (this is one of the drawer sides)

14. Line up the glued side piece edge with the 9½" × 26" piece of pine and secure with three finishing nails, one on each end and one in the center

15. Repeat steps 13 and 14 for the second drawer side

16. Apply wood glue along the open sides (sides and long board), and then attach the 4½" × 26" pine piece on top of the glue (this is the back of the drawer)

17.   Secure with finishing nails all along the conjoined sides

18. Attach a slider insert along the bottom edge of the side of the drawer box. Make sure the top is flush (the end can stick out). Once it is lined up, secure it to the drawer with ¼" flatbed screws

19. Repeat step 18 for the second slider insert on the opposite side of the drawer box

20. Line up the slider inserts of the drawer box with the sliders in the nightstand body and push in. The drawer should fit inside the body of the nightstand.

21. Create a faceplate for the drawer by applying wood glue to the front edges of the drawer box. Attach the 5½" × 28¾" faceplate. There should be a 1/8" reveal between the faceplate and the nightstand body. Use finishing nails to secure the faceplate along the glued edges

22. Time to place the trim pieces so the nightstand looks flush and clean. Apply wood glue to one of the 1" × 30" trim pieces, and place it on the top side border so it’s flush with the drawer as seen below. Use the nail gun to secure the trim piece to the top of the nightstand

23. Repeat step 22 with the bottom trim

24. Glue both 12 7/8" side trim pieces on either side of the nightstand body and secure them with finishing nails.

25. If needed, fill in gaps with wood putty. Wood putty should be the same color of the wood if you’re planning to stain the nightstand afterwards, but the color doesn’t matter if you’re planning to paint

26. If needed, sand the body of the nightstand with the medium-grit sanding block, going with the grain. Use the fine-grit block to sand the inside of the drawer and smoother areas

27. Paint or stain the nightstand, and let it dry overnight before mounting it to the wall


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@Sondra - Thanks for sharing, Sondra! Let us know if you end up trying out this DIY project yourself.

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awesome this is pretty cool

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