Custom nightstand for my daugther

My daughter needed a nightstand for her new bed. So I designed one which can be placed alongside the back side of her bed. It contains a space for a water bottle, a small reading light and you can put books on the top.

The basic construction is a box with a front and a back. Inside the middle part, I install some spacers to make it more stable. I get all my materials ready cut from the big box store. It saves me some time as I don’t need to cut big sheets of wood.

Testing the parts for the nightstand
Testing the parts for the nightstand
After glueing
After glueing
Project in clamps
Project in clamps

In the initial plan, I was also thinking about adding some more special shelves inside of the stand – but I decided not to do this to simplify the build.

I’ve designed the project in such a way that the main body and the head part were detached. So when building it, I needed to combine the two separate elements again. And this was the area where I messed up. I’ve constructed the nightstand the wrong way around. So I needed to redesign the project in the middle of the build. Luckily I found an easy fix for my problem: I just turned the furniture around and installed an additional front plate on the old backside, this meant that I needed to fill some gaps as the initial backside was meant to be inset inside a rabbet. However, this was not a big deal. I used some leftover particle board and wood filler where needed.

The bottle holder is an inset shelf into the body of the nightstand. It is placed just at the right height for easy access when laying on the bed.

Installing the electrical conduit
Installing the electrical conduit
Adding the front with the hole for the switch
Adding the front with the hole for the switch
View from the end of the nightstand - after first paint coat
View from the end of the nightstand - after first paint coat

All the electrical wire was installed inside a cable conduit as the nightstand is fully enclosed. A total of two sockets are introduced, giving my daughter the option to charge her phone in the future, and they also provide some extra flexibility to connect devices in the room. Her room is in direr need for more sockets anyway.

After a light sanding, we applied two coats of a light blue colored paint, which my daughter picked. I like how the color transforms this pice. Moreover, I think the blue tone gives a nice contrast to the white bed.

The front after painting
The front after painting
Reading light installed
Reading light installed
Construction completed
Construction completed

The last step to finish this project off is installing all the cables and connect the sockets. The conduit I used already hat a pull wire inserted which was handy! Installing all the cables gave me flashback to my apprenticeship :-) When buying the lamp, I checked for a model which provided me with a simple installing option. I just needed to remove the existing clamp and screw it down to the stand after drilling an appropriately sized hole.

The nightstand at it's final location
The nightstand at it's final location
The head part of the nightstand
The head part of the nightstand
Closeup of the bottle holder
Closeup of the bottle holder

After finishing the project, I install it in her room. The nightstand fits perfectly on the bed, and my daughter is happy with it as well.