A hanging nightstand is apparently a thing. I was first made aware of them while watching one of my favorite shows. Yea, Fixer Upper. Have I mentioned that show before? Well, their lovely little girls’ room has these adorable metal hanging nightstands that I think are just too cute. So I’ve been wanting to recreate something like that for my home.
Even better is that I made one of these sweet little hanging nightstands for under $10 and about two hour’s time. Yep. And you can too.
Here’s how I did it!
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DIY Hanging Nightstand Tutorial
For this project, you will need (affiliates):
1 2x4x8 wood board
A Clamp Set comes in handy for keeping the boards together if you’re working alone
Paint of choice, I used a white oops paint
Stain is optional
Ceiling hook Make sure it can hold some weight. Mine holds up to 50lbs.
How to DIY a Hanging Nightstand:
1.) Start by measuring your space. Once you have determined how long you want your nightstand, and using your Circular Saw or Miter Saw, cut your 2×4 into 4 pieces of the same length. I cut my board into 4 23 inch lengths. If you want to go longer, you will need additional boards. If you don’t have a saw, and you came prepared with your measurements, most hardware stores will cut your boards for you 🙂
2.) Use your Kreg Jig to attach the boards. Make sure to set your bit to 1 1/2 inch depth. You’ll also need your drill and the drill bit that the Kreg Jig kit comes with. Make sure you stay consistent with which side you are attaching. This will be the bottom of the table. I bore my pocket holes all on one side so I don’t have to worry about going back and filling them in.
3.) Using your clamps and a scrap board, secure your boards to your work surface. This will help you keep them from moving while you screw them together. It also helps prevent the boards from cupping.
6.) Finish your table to your desired style. I chose to paint mine and add a little stain in a few places to give it a worn look. You can choose to stain the entire piece for a more rustic feel, or paint it a solid color of your choice.
7.) Unwind your rope and find the center. Cut the rope in half so that you have two 25 foot lengths of rope.
8.) Using one rope length, push the rope through one of the pre-drilled holes, about a foot through then tie a knot.
Using the other end of that same rope length, push that end through the other pre-drilled hole on the shortest side and tie a knot. Repeat these steps with the other rope length on the other side. These are temporary knots, so it doesn’t have to be precise at the moment.
9.) Hold the two pieces of rope and find the center of each. Tie the two together so they are an even length and there is a large enough loop for hanging.
9.) Find the best location where a stud meets the center of the space where you want to hang your nightstand. Drill a hole and screw in your hook. If you don’t have a stud in that location, make sure to get a ceiling anchor like this to secure your hook in place!
10.) Hang your nightstand from the hook, adjust until it’s at your desired height and level, tie new ties underneath to secure it in place.
11. ) You can choose to cut off the excess rope, or wind it around the table and loosely tuck in the ends like I did. I didn’t want to cut my rope in case I wanted to adjust the length later.
Enjoy your new hanging nightstand!
I love mine, it gives the room a light and airy feel.
It sways and turns with a gentle touch which makes it kind of fun.
But I do not recommend this in a children’s room. I don’t know, it just seems dangerous to me, so use caution and your own judgement.