Quick & Easy DIY Floating Bedside Tables

Follow this step by step guide to make easy DIY floating bedside tables. They free up floor space in a small bedroom and offer a practical and stylish solution.

One of our main goals for our Modern Farmhouse Boho Bedroom makeover was to address the end table issue.

We were tired of the current situation in our small room:

Bedroom with a dresser beside one side and a table and chair on the other.
The mis-matched end table situation looked messy and felt too busy in our small room.

After we dealt with our small closet organization and painted a black feature wall, we were ready to tackle some simple DIY floating end tables.

And, by “we”, I mean my husband.;) He whipped these quick and easy bedroom furniture pieces together while I painted and organized the closet.

I did step in to take a few photographs and ooo and ahhh at the right times, but really, these were all his doing, and I absolutely LOVE them!

If you, too, are looking for a simple and inexpensive floating beside table idea, this might be the answer to your dilemmas.

How to Make DIY Floating Bedside Tables

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Supplies You’ll Needed for these Floating Bedside Tables:

  • 2 – 1×6 inch tongue and groove pine board 8 feet long (which makes 2 floating nightstands)
  • Wood Glue
  • Brad Nail Gun (my husband’s is an off-brand, but this is his dream nail gun.)
  • Compound Miter Saw (similar)
  • MDF board for backing
  • Clamps
  • Screws and screwdriver
  • Stud Finder
  • Wall Anchors

Cut and glue together the tongue and groove board pieces that will become the “box” of the floating table.

Wood pieces cut in preparation for making floating bedside tables

Each floating end table “box” consists of the following pieces:

4 pieces cut at 22″ (on the 45 degree angle on each end – as shown above)

4 pieces cut at 8″ (with 45 degree angles on each end – as shown above)

Step 1: Glue together the side pieces to the nightstand bottom.

Glue being squeezed onto the edges that need to join together for DIY floating bedside tables

and attach the pieces together with an air nailer.

A brad nailer being used to secure the joints of a floating bedside table

Repeat the same steps for the other side of the table.

Step 2: Glue and attach the top to the nightstand with glue and an air nail gun.

Glue being squeezed on to the corners of the wood where the top of bedside table will be attached.

Step 4: Attach the mdf back to the back of the shelf using glue and air gun brads.

The back piece of wood being attached to the back of a floating bedside table with a brad nailer.

Step 5: Sand the surface well and finish in the stain or paint color of your choice.

We chose to stain ours with Early American Stain by Minwax. Note that the MDF doesn’t take the stain in the same manner that the pine wood does. However, I liked how the stain made the back appear like suede -which I really liked.

Another option for finishing off a floating nightstand is to paint or wallpaper the back in a contrasting color.

Step 6: How to hang a floating nightstand on the wall.

Once the nightstand is finished, it’s time to hang it on the wall! Here’s the steps to do so:

  • Use a stud finder to determine where the studs are located on the wall. Mark lightly with a pencil or a piece of painters tape. It is recommended to have at least one side of the stand firmly screwed into a wall stud if possible.
  • Determine the height you’d like your nightstand to be. We wanted ours to be about the same height as the top of our mattress.
  • If you cannot locate 2 studs to screw the nightstand into, determine where you want the 2nd set of screws to be.
  • Use a level to make sure your nightstand is level.
  • Attach the nightstand to the studs using screws and a drill driver.
  • Using a drill, determine where you want the 2nd set of screws to be and drill a small hole through the nightstand and into the wall. This will mark where you need to set the drywall anchors.
  • Remove the nightstand and set the drywall anchors.
  • Screw the nightstand back into the studs and screw screws into the drywall anchors.
Finished floating bedside table attached to the wall with 4 screws.

If you want to cover over the screws with screw plugs, you can certainly so so. But, most people won’t be this up close and personal with the backside of your floating nightstand!;)

The floating bedside table completed and hung on the wall beside a bed with a plant on the top and books in the shelf.

We love how simple and easy these were to make, and they function amazingly! 

2 DIY floating bedside tables flanking a bed

Cost of these DIY Floating Endtables:

  • 2 tongue and groove pine board at 8 feet (Which made both end tables) – $20

All other supplies used we already had on hand.

One Room Challenge, Week 5 Cancelled due to world events

This post is part of the One Room Challenge makeover series hosted by Calling it Home and Better Homes and Gardens. If you’d like to catch up on the previous posts, here they are:

To see how all the other rooms are coming along, head on over to the One Room Challenge site next week and check out all the progress.

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    1. Shelves look great! However, I don’t trust the sturdiness of your plans. I feel a cleat or similar type of mount combined with a plywood back is a better choice to support the supplied materials than mdf that you chose. Especially if folks are storing and placing items that weigh more than air on the units. Depending on what the wall is made of – My homes are made of plaster so drywall screws are always used vs nails/wood screws. I have a variety of thicknesses of plywood scraps at home and want to make a version of your shelf. Thanks for your post!!!

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