nightstand crate
Back in May, I wrote about my adventures in turning a fence post into a hanging wall frame and discussed the process of fulfilling design needs with minimal cost, simplicity of style, and relatively simple execution in mind.

Well, get ready for turning-pine-materials-into-cooler-things: the nightstand edition.

Personally, I think a nightstand says a lot about a person. Not just the design of the physical nightstand itself, but the kind of nightstand, the things atop it, and the things stuffed into or stowed away inside it. This company, as you may know, was inspired by a nightstand. (Didn’t know that? Visit the About Page, friend.) I won’t go writerly on you and try to say that a nightstand is a metaphor because its one of the last things we interact with at night, and where we keep the things we need most (water, birth control pills, a knife) when we’re at our most vulnerable, AKA, asleep. But I will say that what you need from a nightstand will dictate what kind of nightstand you buy (or make). Since I don’t need much other than a place to set water, books, etc., this crate design is working well for me.

Now, let’s get into it.

Initially, I bought two of these wooden crates from Michael’s craft store for the purpose of storing and carrying stuff around. And then I moved, and, lacking any nightstands, I decided to get crafty.

table top

These crates come unfinished, so I went ahead and slathered on one coat of white paint (preferring the unfinished look that I went for with the wall frame, only one coat was necessary). Luckily, when turned over to stand on their tall side, these are the perfect height to stand next to my bed as a nightstand. If you have a taller bed, you can always stack two of these on their longer sides for more height, rather than just using one.

Seeing as this is a simple design, the options for what you can do with these crates are pretty endless. You can add square cloth drawers, cardboard boxes, or wicker baskets to create drawers for collecting smaller knickknacks, or keep the clutter at a minimum and create more of a shadow box effect (which is what I went for) instead. Like I mentioned, I mainly use nightstands for my water cups, my dishes of rings, and for setting down my keys, so I didn’t feel the need for any drawers.

Simple, right? Easy? Yes. Cheap, definitely. But by customizing them with my choice of paint and my favorite books and ceramics, I’ve found a solution that is both within my means and my taste.

Some man named Isaac Newton once said: “Nature is pleased with simplicity.”

As am I. Am I equating myself with one of the most influential scientists of all time? Not at all. I’m just a lady who made a couple of nightstands and appreciates simple, effective design.

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