Super Easy DIY Hanging Wood Nightstand
So I saw this hanging wood nightstand a while back and thought they looked super cool, and super easy to DIY yourself!
Me being the procrastinator that I am though,
I never actually got around to doing this DIY hanging wood nightstand project until a couple years later…
Fast forward to a couple months ago,
it just so also happened that I didn’t have any nightstands for my bed and I really needed one,
but I didn’t want to spend the money to buy a new one and I didn’t quite have the time to rehab an old one.
So I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try out making a couple of these hanging wood nightstands for the sides of my bed.
After all, how hard could it be to put a few boards together and hang it from your ceiling?
not hard at all
The whole project ended up being much easier than I thought!
I already had the wood that was cut to the right sizes from previous projects.
During this last Black Friday sale, I finally spoiled myself and bought some tools I had been wanting for a while.
So, I also had the drill that I needed to make the holes for the Jute Twine.
I would use the twine to create the hanging concept in Hanging Wood Nightstand.
I know it may sound a little silly to hear me say that I have been wanting power tools forever.
Well, at least it’s funny to my family,
especially when they ask me what I want for my birthday or Christmas and I list off a bunch of Ryobi brand tools.
I would constantly come across DIY projects that I wanted to do.
Sadly, I never attempt any projects because I didn’t have the tools necessary.
Sounds like a smart investment to me!
I think if you’re going to be doing a lot of DIY projects some tools are worth the small investment.
I actually wrote an entire post about this,
I go into explaining which tools I use in my projects and which ones I think are worth getting and which ones aren’t.
I prefer and recommend Ryobi power tools.
They are really well priced compared to other brands, and they’ve worked great for me in all of my projects.
The toolkit I mentioned above is this exact one if you’re curious.
My tool collection includes some others,
However, the two tools in my toolbox most important to mention include a sander, and a staple gun (which I believe were my first two tools I ever bought )
I’d have to say out of all my tools those two might be the most important tools you buy as a DIYer.
I have to include I power drill and table saw.
I guess it just depends on what kinds of projects you’ll be doing!
Anyway back to this tutorial….
If you don’t have the drill already to make the holes,
and you’re not in a financial place to buy one at the moment,
I’ve provided a secondary option.
Even though the Ryobi products are really well priced,
(if you get the kit that I did each tool comes to around $37 because it also includes 2 chargeable batteries that are normally around $40)
I’ve been in the position where trying to find money for groceries was hard enough.
Buying a few power tools were definitely out of the question.
If this is your situation don’t fret, I came up with an alternate cheaper solution
All you’ll need instead are additional Small Eyelet Screws and it will work just the same.
Also, If you don’t have the planks already cut or a saw to cut them yourself,
Go to your closest hardware store and someone who works there can cut the planks to your desired size.
I really liked how my planks were all slightly different sizes and wood types,
it gave it a more rustic look, so I decided to leave the wood planks the lengths they were.
Here’s what you’ll need…
- Lumber in length of choice for the tables (I used 4 planks for each tabletop and 2 planks for each tops bottom)
- Jute Twine for hanging
- Ryobi drill (or drill of choice optional)
- Power Sander
- Stud Finder
- Filipshead Screws
- Pack of Large Screw-in Eyelets for hanging
- Pack of Small Eyelets (optional for drill less option)
- Wood Stain of choice (optional)
- Sawhorses (or two elevated surfaces like chairs for cutting lumber)
- Wood Sealer
1.Take your four planks and arrange them side by side horizontally.
Then place two planks on top in the opposite direction going vertically an inch or so away from the edges.
This is what will secure all the horizontal planks together to form the top.
2. Next, you’ll need to take your drill and attach a Phillips head screw to each plank (4 total).
A little tip, start with a screw on one of the outer planks first then do the next screw on the opposite outer edge of the top and repeat.
This will help to make the top level when you flip it over.
3. If you have the drill then go ahead and flip the top over so it’s now facing right side up and drill four holes.
One on each end of the tabletop.
If you don’t have the drill, then you’ll take the four additional eyelets and screw them onto the top in each of the corners.
This is where the Jute twine will be tied onto for the hanging effect.
4. Use your power sander or sandpaper to smooth down all areas of the table.
Get rid of all possible splinters.
5. Cut 4 equal lengths of twine.
String each one’s end through the bottom if you used the drill, or through the eyelets.
Then tie a knot on each end, be careful to not tie the knot very tight yet.
The knots on each end will be what the tabletop will sit on when hanging.
6. Secure the Jute twine to the top by grouping all four twine strands together and tying another knot with a loop.
7. Take your large screw-in eyelets and secure one to the roof on both sides of your bed.
I highly suggest using a stud finder before securing your eyelet to eliminate the risk of falling.
As far as where to place the eyelet,
I recommend placing the hook about a foot away from the edge of your bed and a little more than a half foot away from the wall your bed leans against.
Make sure all four of the strips of twine are equal lengths.
8. Now all that’s left is to use the loop you made at the top of your nightstands to string it through the eyelets on the roof.
You’ll most likely have to adjust the height of your nightstand.
This can be easily done by redoing the knots on the bottom that you loosely tied.
After you found the height you like best tie additional knots and pull them tight.
The bigger knot the better.
As you start to put weight on your table the knots will tighten and get smaller.
This could cause the know to slip through the drill hole and create a mess, this happened to me.
9. This step is optional.
It is the staining step.
I chose not to stain my hanging nightstands because of the different types of wood.
They were already varying shades, and I liked the way they looked natural.
However, if you decide to stain yours I’ve used this one in the past.
10. This last step is simply to apply the sealer and allow for drying time, and then you’re done.
You could probably skip this step if you wanted.
Depending on what you place on your wood.
Drinks or food combined with the type of lumber you use will affect the wood differently.
Without a sealer, the planks could start to buckle over time from the exposure.
Alrighty-roo guys, that’s it for today’s post!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. If you tried this project out leave me a comment below to tell me how it turned out for you!
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