how to build a mid century bedside table

i spend an unhealthy amount of time stalking mid century furniture on the urban outfitters and west elm websites. there's so many beautiful pieces but i can't afford to buy them all so i wanted to attempt a DIY version of one! 

this nightstand is one of the more popular mid century shapes and one of the easiest to build- hurrah. i'll run you through how i put this together, if you're not confident with cutting wood ask a friend or relative for some help (my dad is my go to person for helping me to cut!)

DIY nightstand


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to make the body of the nightstand you'll need 4 pieces of plywood or pine board.

the dimension of the plywood for this table were 15 x 45cm (x2) for the side pieces and 45 x 45cm (x2) for the top and bottom.

ps. you could easily make a bigger version to use as coffee table!

nightstand tutorial

to attach the side panels to the bottom panel i applied strong wood glue where the panels would meet (flush to the edge as shown above) and hammered some panel pins underneath to secure.

(you could also use wooden dowels as well as glue to join the panels together- tutorial here!)

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i just glued the top panel down onto the sides as mine won't be taking any really heavy weight. i left the glue to dry out overnight.

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last but not least i added some hairpin legs! i've temporarily borrowed these legs from my wood slice coffee table (the new ones i ordered hadn't arrived at this point!) i just needed to screw them into place with a screwdriver -no drill or pilot holes needed. 

remember to use short screws no longer than the depth of the wood or they'll poke through on the other side!

DIY eames style nightstand
muji storage

i recently picked up these muji pump refil bottles as i love their clean and simple branding! i wanted to keep the table quite minimal so I've only added a few items- i picked up the wooden hand in madrid, it reminded me of the hay design version that i've had on my wishlist.

how to build
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i originally intended to stain the wood a deep walnut colour but i kinda like the unfinished look so i may give it a coat of clear varnish instead ( you think i should stain it darker?)

mid century side table

what do you think- do you love mid century furniture too?

back soon!

caroline x


  1. I love the unfinished look, leave it this colour!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


    1. haha ok i will! thanks vivian :)

    2. Where do you source the hairpin legs?

    3. you can get them here:
      just pick the length you want!

  2. I love this! Looks so simple. Might have to get my carpenter boyfriend to help me out with it.

    Zoe-Lee |

  3. I love your diy's! This looks so gorgeous and simplistic x

    Edie | The Life of Edie

  4. You are KILLING it with the incredible DIYs at the moment! Anything with hairpin legs is a winner to me, this would be perfect in my hallway so I'll definitely be giving it a go.

    Catherine | Hey, Mama

    1. whoop- thanks so much catherine thats made my day! :)

  5. Really love this simple DIY, I truly believe that you should leave the colour how it is, and the mannequin hand is beautiful x

    Millie x

    1. i think i will- decision made haha! thanks millie :)

  6. Love this! I love the natural look and been keeping it that way one some projects. Do you like the clear varnish? I was worried it would add a bit of color and did not use it. Thank you!

    1. i haven't used any varnish yet- i'll only use it if i start leaving anything hot or wet on top! i think the spray varnish would be less likely to change it -but i think most will deepen the natural colour a little :)

  7. I love the simplicity of this piece!!! It looks beautiful in the space! =)

    Have a great weekend! Melanie | Blog: Toots + Dill

  8. always love your DIYs! i'm a sucker for midcentury/anything with hairpin legs.

  9. Such a cool diy! Turned out great!

  10. This is a great diy! Such a simple piece yet so chic.

    Chariza M. | LE-VISUALISTE.COM

  11. it's perfect! i must make this!

  12. I'd love to purchase this, because I just don't have the time to make one! Do you make furniture to sell? If so, please email me!


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