Creative and easy to build: the swinging DIY nightstand
- Cost50-100 £
- Duration1-3 h
Do you remember playing on swings as a child? And always wanting to swing higher and feel as free as a bird? Now you’ll reminisce about it every evening – as a swing will hang beside your bed, replacing your boring, old nightstand and rocking you gently into the land of nod.
- Set square
- tape measure
- pocket rule
- 1 old, solid-wood board, 600 x 250 x 20 mm (l x w x h)
- 1 rope, approx. 6 m long and 2 cm thick
- 2 hooks
- 8 mm wall plugs (designed to fit the hooks and suitable for your ceiling composition)
Let's go - step by step
Saw the board
No matter where you found your old wooden board, the first step is to give it a makeover before you transform it into your DIY nightstand. Start by sawing it down to a length of 60 cm and a width of 25 cm. We recommend making precise measurements beforehand and marking where to cut the board with a straight line using a pencil and set square.
Drill the holes
To turn your board into a swing – which will become your DIY nightstand – you need to drill four holes. First, mark the position of each drill hole in each corner of the board with a pencil. Make sure you mark the holes 5 cm away from the edge of the board. Then, insert the Forstner bit into the impact drill and drill through the four markings on the board using moderate pressure.
Sand down the board
To make sure you don’t get splinters when reaching for your alarm each morning, you need to sand down the entire board – both its flat surfaces and edges. In addition, sanding will help you to remove irregularities like scratches from your future DIY nightstand. For perfect results, sand the board evenly without applying pressure, always moving in one direction. Don’t forget to also file down any nails! When you’ve finished sanding the wooden board, sweep away any sawdust with a small hand brush or simply blow it away. To avoid getting sawdust in your eyes, we recommend wearing protective goggles. If you like, you can also add a glaze, paint or varnish at this point, but we chose to leave the board untreated.
Transform the board into your DIY nightstand with a piece of rope
You need: Maßband, rope
To make your DIY nightstand hang from the ceiling like a real swing, you need to knot a handle to both short sides of the board. Cut two pieces of rope around a metre long. Take the first piece of rope, thread it through one of the holes and knot it to the underside of the nightstand. The other end of the rope should be threaded through the second hole on the same side of the board and knotted. Then repeat this step with the other piece of rope on the other side of the board. You now have two large handles that can be used to fix the swing to the ceiling with more rope. To find out how much rope you need, first measure your ceiling height and work out how high you want your nightstand to swing above the ground. The best way to test this is to lie on your bed. Once you know how high you want your books, alarm etc. to sit, cut two equal lengths of rope and tie each one to a handle.
Hang the DIY nightstand from the ceiling
You already know how high you want to hang your DIY nightstand. Now work out where you want to attach it to the ceiling and mark these spots with a pencil. Then use a moderate pressure to drill holes into the ceiling. When you do this, make sure you’re standing safely on a ladder. Insert a wall plug into each drill hole and screw a hook into each one. Now you just need to thread the rope through the hooks and knot it securely. Et voilà: your DIY nightstand is complete!