Free Plans to Build a West Elm Inspired Boerum Nightstand

This nightstand is part of a fantastic collection – incredibly easy to build and super-functional, it will look great with any decor! I will post plans for the entire collection over the next few weeks.

The nightstand features one drawer and a shelf to store books for nighttime reading!



  • 1-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • Edge banding for plywood, optional
  • One set of 14″ drawer slides
  • Drawer pull


  • 1 – 2×4 at 8′
  • One Half sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 1×2 at 3′
  • 1 – 1×4 at 4′
  • 1 – 1×6 at 4′

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×4 at 24″ – Legs
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 11″ x 19-1/4″ – Side Panels
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 18″ x 18-1/2″ – Bottom
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 18″ x 21-1/2″ – Top
  • 1 – 1×6 at 18-1/2″ – Back Stretcher
  • 1 – 1×2 at 18-1/2″ – Front Stretcher
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 13-1/4″ x 16″ – Drawer Bottom
  • 2 – 1×4 at 13-1/4″ – Drawer Sides
  • 1 – 1×4 at 17-1/2″ – Drawer Back
  • 1 – 1×6 at 18-1/4″ – Drawer Front


Click on the drawings to enlarge them!


1. Cut the pieces for the side frames. Drill pocket holes in the panels as shown. The top of the panel will be positioned 3/4″ down from the top of the legs to accommodate the top. Attach using glue and 1-1/2″ pocket hole screws.


2. Cut the piece for the bottom. Drill pocket holes in the side edges. Attach to the side panels using glue and 1-1/2″ pocket hole screws. The bottom of the piece will be flush with the bottom of the side panel.


3. Cut the piece for the top. Cut the notches as shown using a jigsaw, then attach to the side panels using glue and 1-1/2″ pocket hole screws through the top of the side panels into the underside.


4. Cut the pieces for the front and back stretchers. Position as shown, then attach using glue and 1-1/2″ pocket hole screws. The back stretcher will be flush with the back face of the legs while the front stretcher sill be positioned 3/4″ back from the front edge.

 Nightstand_Back Stretcher

Nightstand_Front Stretcher

5. Cut the pieces for the drawer. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the bottom as well as each end of the side pieces. Attach the sides to the bottom using glue and 1-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Attach the front and back as shown. The front will overlap the drawer box by 3/8″ on each side. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s instructions. For an easy tutorial, click here. Make any necessary adjustments, then install the drawer pull.

 Nightstand_Drawer BS

Nightstand_Drawer FB


Finish as desired!

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Until next time,

Happy Creating!

  • How did you get all those pieces cut out of 1/2 sheet of 3/4″ plywood?

  • CherTexter

    Well… A half sheet of plywood is 48″ x 48″ so it shouldn’t be a problem. Is there something I’m not seeing?

  • Jason Carlin

    It’d be great if you made the SketchUp files available. I’d like to make some minor modifications, plus I’m interested in working on my SketchUp skills.

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