I’d like to say these night stands are inspired by West Elm, but the truth is that I totally copied the design of their Mid-Century Night Stand. Like, I straight up stole it and recreated it in my basement workshop. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Well, I don’t feel too guilty about it. I would have bought the original design from West Elm (my favorite home goods store – the bedding is West Elm) but at 24″ they were too tall for our low-profile bed (in fact, these are still too tall, but we’re planning on getting a new mattress this year, which will increase our bed height by 3″, so I accounted for that in this build) and at $300 a piece, I wasn’t about to hack them up to make them shorter.
There is nothing I don’t love about mid-century modern design and when we started ideating about our master bedroom updates, that design aesthetic became a key element in all of our mood board picks. These bedside tables were a match made in heaven. Making them myself allowed me to tweak a few other elements, like the drawer + open shelf design.
This is a very basic and simple build when you get down to it. It’s just a simple box design with tapered legs added to the base. I used a 1×16″ board to make my tables. The top and bottom are 18.5″ and the sides are 10″. I beveled them on three sides and built the box using wood glue and finishing nails.
Of all my years building furniture, this was my first go at drawers and I must say they weren’t nearly as tough as I thought they bed. The hardest part was getting the depth between the drawer and the slides. Those little sliders are tricky little guys and the dimensions in the directions were not accurate, but I managed to figure it out without causing too much heartache.
My drawers were made using 1×3″ boards cut to 15.75″ for the front and back and 13.75″ for the sides. I used 1/4″ wood dowels and 3/4″ plywood to create the bottoms. I used these affordable $5 drawer slides — they’re a 12″ euro drawer slide that requires a 1″ total depth, so 1/2″ on either side of the drawer. I assembled the drawers using wood glue and screws.
My drawer front is a 1×6″ cut to 17″. You can see the drawer here before hardware. Jeremiah’s drawer was made into a charging station. His job requires him to be attached to his phone, so the phone has to be near him at all times, but one of my biggest pet peeves is his phone, especially in bed at night (grrrrrrr), so this is a nice compromise. He can tuck the phone and iPad away at night, but it’s still right there in case of an emergency.
I tweaked the design in order to have an open shelf at the bottom. I have a lot of magazines and it takes me a loooooong time to get through them, so this is a great space for my magazines. Jeremiah’s drawer is reserved for electronics, so his open shelf is a good place for him to put his journal and sketch book.
And the cherry on top are these brass pulls from Lew’s Hardware. The pictures don’t due them justice. They’re exactly what I was looking for!
Tapered legs are the key to mid-century modern design. These are 11 1/4″ Waddell legs that I bought on Amazon. I stained them to match the night stand box and painted the feet gold to match the rest of the hardware and design accents in the room. They’re attached to the night stand base using Waddell angle top plates.