Nightstand made from old drawers.

I made this bedside table from two old drawers

I like to rearrange my furniture a lot and with my bed against this particular wall there was no room for my bulky nightstand. I had two small drawers than I snagged at a yard sale so I decided to create a small nightstand using them. This is really easy.


  • drawers
  • screws

I got these two small drawers at a yard sale last summer. This is the very small space by my side of the bed.

Step 1.

The first thing you have to do is find a drawer or drawers that will fit in the space you need to use.  I found these at a yard sale (for free) but drawers are pretty easy to find at thrift stores, trash dumps, and on clean up days where people pile stuff on the street to be hauled off. Ikea sells small drawer units that are also perfect for small spaces.

I start some screws going in to the wood while I have it on the floor.

Step 2.

I start some small screws into the back of the drawer while I have it on the floor. Be really careful or you might put the screws in too far and go into the floor. That’s experience speaking… This will make it easier to put the drawers up. Use a ruler and tape measure to draw an even line with pencil so you will know where to place the drawers. I measure from the floor up to the position I want the drawer and draw a line. However, many homes are not square so it’s always best to use a level. Hold your drawer against the wall and place the level on top. I usually do both because my husband trained me and he’s a perfectionist.

Tighten the screws to attach to wall

Step 3.

I turned the first drawer upside down so I can set my lamp on it. Now obviously if you are going to put anything heavy on them you will need to make sure you are putting the screws into a stud. If you don’t have a stud there you can use molly or toggle bolts. They come with instructions and are easy to do. Keep in mind you don’t want to use them unless you’re doing something pretty permanent because they do leave a hole.   I have never seen a hole that can’t be patched so keep that in mind also.

I put the second drawer right side up to put things in

Step 4.

I turned the second drawer right side up so that I can put my phone and other stuff in it. I added a couple of small screws near the top to connect the two drawers and give them a little more stability.

I cut out some paper and lined the bottom of the drawer

Step 5.

I cut a piece of paper to fit in the bottom of the drawer.

About Elaine Kazinec

I have never met anyone who can't make wonderful things for their homes, friends, and family, only those who think they can't. The purpose of this blog is to show everyone how really simple most projects for the home are to make. When my husband and I bought our first home we were short on cash so I learned to be long on creativity. I have been told that I can make something wonderful out of nothing and that is true. You can too! Some of my favorite things are items that I found in someone's junk pile. I am going to show you how easy it really is. I hope you find the courage to jump in and attempt some of these projects. You will be amazed at how talented you really are.