Finding a nightstand can be tricky, especially if you live in a small space like me. Sometimes the standard sizes do not fit, or the style available is not the one you like. Because of this, I decided to make my own, and as I loved using the hairpin legs so much when building the desk (find that DIY here) I thought it would be great to also make a nightstand using the same style legs. I am so happy with the result, the look fits perfectly in with my Scandinavian style home so I thought I would share how I made it for anyone interested.
All you need to create your own Scandinavian style nightstand is 4 hairpin legs, 4 pieces of wood, 16 screws, glue, transparent paint, a clamp and a screwdriver:
Choose the legs. I was lucky to receive these beautiful and sleek hairpin legs from The Hairpin Leg Co, a company based in the UK but shipping worldwide. I opted for 2-rod legs in black, but you can get these in a great selection of colours including raw steel, black, and copper. Hairpin legs are a stylish solution to the need for sturdy furniture legs made with minimal materials, so a great choice for a nightstand. The ones used here are 40 cm long / 16 inches, the recommended size for a bench or nightstand.
Tip; when getting your hairpin legs be sure to also get these smart protector feet. They have been specifically designed to protect delicate flooring and provide additional grip with highly polished surfaces.
Choose the material. I went to my local hardware store and found the piece of wood I wanted. I opted for a softwood timber such as fir, an inexpensive and easy to use material. You can also go for pine, birch or walnut depending on the look you want. Since I had already made the measurements and notes on how big I wanted my nightstand to be, I got someone at the shop to cut up the pieces for me. Below you can see a drawing of the sizes I used, but I would suggest measuring up the space available next to your bed and base your design on that.
If you do not wish to build the box itself I recommend using an already built box. This can be anything you wish like for instance the eket cabinet from Ikea, a crate or even a box with a lid. The possibilities are many so use your imagination, maybe you even have something at home that can be used. Make sure you do the calculations regarding the sizes of the legs based on the bow however, as a square option might need shorter legs.
Build the box. Take the pieces and place them on the floor making sure you have them all aligned the correct way. Use a wood glue and put the pieces together – simple! I used Vinavil glue. Before going any further the glue has to set, so use a clamp tool for letting them stay in place and let it rest for 24 hours. When the glue is dry it is time to sand down and treat or paint the wood. I wanted to use the natural look of the wood so I treated it with 4 coats of transparent matt paint, but if you prefer a colour you can use any wood paint you find in your local hardware store. Make sure to wait about 3 hours between each coat and sand the paint with a very fine sandpaper to smoothen the surface once has dried.
Attach. Once you have the box ready, all that is left is to attach the legs – a very easy thing to do! Just place the legs where you want and use the screws that come with the legs. I decided to have them with a 3 cm space from the edge, so I measured and marked it up on the wood and placed one in each corner before drilling them on.
Ta-da – the finished result:
The little cardboard storage box inside the nightstand is a great way to keep some of the clutter away while having a tidy and minimal surface!
*I was gifted the hairpin legs by The Hairpin Leg Co, but all the thoughts and opinions are my own.
// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad