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Stand Out with DIY Nightstands: How To Make a Nightstand and Sell It Online

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We’ve all had that one nightstand that we end up regretting. Maybe it’s too short, maybe it cost too much money, or maybe it didn’t match the other furniture as nicely as we thought it would. Wait, what did you think I was talking about?

When it comes to DIY nightstands, there are so many amazing designs to make and sell online. And while the potential for double entendre is great, DIY nightstands can also be great for your bottom line. Here at Ecwid, we want to empower you with the tools and information you need to launch your online store successfully. In the guide below, we’ve compiled some DIY ideas that are beautiful and easy to make, as well as some tips to choosing the best ecommerce platform for you.

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DIY Nightstand Designs

If your future customers are like me, their nightstands might hold stacks of books that never get read or a charging phone at the end of the night. Our nightstands are functional, but they don’t add to the overall aesthetic of the room. That’s where you come in!

An interesting nightstand can transform a room from drab to stylish, and a DIY nightstand that reimagines or updates the traditional design can help your customers add personality to their space. The market for DIY nightstands is fairly large, and many sellers list their products at high price points. This makes sense when you consider the cost of making their designs, which often require technical expertise and pricey lumber.

The savvy business person looking to start selling online might take a different approach, choosing DIY plans that are unique and low-cost. While you may need to sell at a lower price point, you’ll attract lots of customers and have greater profit margins. Check out the ideas below for help getting started!

1. Repurposed suitcase

Let’s face it, our suitcases haven’t been getting much use these days. While you may not be ready to retire your own luggage, you can still use a vintage suitcase to create an amazing DIY nightstand. If you enjoy repurposing and upcycling when making your DIY projects, this nightstand gives you the chance to do exactly that. Head to your nearest thrift shop (or your parents’ basement) and keep an eye out for those old suitcases with clasps and hard sides. The clasps are optional, but it’s important that the case is sturdy enough to support your typical nightstand ephemera. Suitcase in hand, you’re ready to start building a DIY nightstand that will fly out of your store even if you can’t.

You’ll need: a vintage suitcase, four table legs, a drill, and screws.

Start by choosing the legs that will support your repurposed suitcase. The style of the legs is up to you but disassembling an old or broken piece of furniture will give you legs that can be reattached to the case you chose. Try mixing and matching your cases and legs to see what looks best! Finding your materials makes up the majority of the work involved in this design, so once you have everything it’ll come together quickly. Use your drill to make holes in the base of the suitcase. These holes will need to match up with the holes in the legs you’ve chosen, whether preexisting or those you’ve drilled yourself.

To keep your finished nightstand from wobbling, you’ll want to be sure the legs are positioned symmetrically, so it can be helpful to measure the base of your suitcase before drilling. Once you’ve measured and drilled, simply screw everything together and you’re done! The finished project will be a stylish piece of furniture with a vintage flair that will appeal to customers of all ages.

2. Suspended platform

This DIY nightstand idea is perfect for those who are tired of traditional designs or who have limited floorspace. To keep it low-cost, we recommend using a wooden cutting board as the platform or tabletop. This floating nightstand, which hangs from a ceiling hook, is the perfect project for a seller on a budget because the steel wire used to suspend your platform will last through several projects. An added benefit is that this unique piece of furniture can be used in any room of the house. Once your customers purchase one, they’re sure to come back for more!

You’ll need: a circular wooden cutting board, coated steel wire (or sturdy rope), ferrules, a pincer, and a drill.

You’ll begin making this DIY design by drilling four holes in your cutting board. Imagine that your board is a compass and drill a hole at each of the cardinal points, leaving a uniform amount of space between each hole and the edge of the board. To maximize usable surface area, keep your holes closer to the edge.

Next, measure and cut (using your pincer) four identical pieces of coated steel wire. You can determine an average length by measuring from the ceiling of your bedroom to the height of where you’d like the table to hang. When measuring, be sure to account for the extra inches you’ll need to connect the wires underneath your cutting board. As a nice touch, consult with your customers to find the length that would be perfect for their bedrooms.

Once you’ve cut your wires, thread them through the top of the cutting board. Use your ferrules to connect the four loose ends in the center of the cutting board’s underside. Repeat this step with the other ends of the wires, so that they can be hung from a ceiling hook.

3. Creative crates

We’ve saved the easiest design for last! For this nightstand, which caters to lovers of the farmhouse style, you’ll get to show off your creativity with a paintbrush. When you’re done decorating, you’ll have a beautiful DIY nightstand with plenty of space to display pictures, books, or plants. Though simple, this type of nightstand is extremely popular with customers who prefer simple materials that have been polished and personalized. That means the sky is the limit, so you can experiment with different paints, application techniques, and patterns until you’ve created the next hot item online.

You’ll need: two wooden crates (dimensions vary but crates with more depth work best), wood paint or stain, a paintbrush.

If you’re using upcycled or refurbished crates for this craft, you’ll want to start by sanding away any rough edges. If you’re using new crates, simply place them on a drop cloth or a newspaper to catch any spills. The next step is decoration! Stain your crates to give them a weathered look or paint them with bright colors so that they’ll pop. If you’re confident in your artistic abilities, you can personalize your crates with the name of your customer or a particular pattern. Once everything has dried, you’re ready to sell. We recommend leaving your two crates unattached so that your customer can turn and stack them however they’d like.

Sell Your DIY Designs Online

To stand out in the crowded nightstand market, it’s important to choose the right online location for your store. Ecwid is an ecommerce platform that makes selling online easier. You want to make sure that as many potential customers as possible see your DIY products, so it can be helpful to choose an ecommerce platform with connectivity to other sites. Ecwid helps you instantly sync and sell across your own website, social media, marketplaces like Amazon, and more.

As a bonus for those who are new to selling online, Ecwid puts free trials on trial. Whether you shut down your store after a week or create a lasting DIY dynasty, Ecwid allows you to set up your account for free and keep it for as long as you need it.

Take a stand in the comments below! Let us know your favorite DIY nightstand design and any tips and tricks for selling online.

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About the author

Max has been working in the ecommerce industry for the last six years helping brands to establish and level-up content marketing and SEO. Despite that, he has experience with entrepreneurship. He is a fiction writer in his free time.

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