How to Build Floating Nightstands

In this episode of the Builder's Studio, Jonah shows you how to make a set of floating nightstands! These stylish pieces are durable and easy to create using components from Osborne. This build demonstrates the versatility of our floating shelf hardware and we look forward to seeing what you create!

Items used:

Assembly Instructions

Overall Dimensions: 20” x 14” x 12”

Materials needed:

Tools needed:

• Power Drill

• Miter Saw

• Proper Safety Equipment
• Ruler/Tape Measure• Sanding Tool• Tape


  1. Cut the ends of the long pine boards flush so that there is a good surface to pull measurements from for the box.

  2. Next, pick the side of the boards you want to show before measuring your boards. Use a ruler to measure and mark where you want to cut your boards.

  3. Use the Miter Saw to cut your boards according to the measurements.

  4. Miter the corners of the boards. Before doing this, double check that you are mitering the correct side.

  5. Create a mock-up of the final build by attaching the boards together. Do this with tape so that you can safely assemble and then disassemble the nightstand. Once you are sure that your boards are the correct size and fit together, proceed to the next step.

  6. Use wood glue to adhere the mitered ends of the boards together, then add tape and clamps to secure the miters in place. Allow the glue to dry.

  7. Install pocket holes along the short sides of the back nailer board. Make sure that the holes are on the side of the board that will be facing the wall.

  8. Mark down the center of the nailer board. Since the bracket is 18” long, there should be a ¼” gap on each side of the back nailer board. NOTE: It’s good to have a back nailer board that is slightly wider than the hardware you’re mounting. This will give more wiggle room and movement when installing it.

  9. Place the nailer board inside the back-end of the box. It should be standing horizontally with the ends of the board meeting the sides of the box. Then, place the flat end of the hardware flush against the nailer board. Then, push the bracket back until the tip of its hook sits flush against the back edge of the nightstand. In this position, the hardware should be facing the wall with the nailer board behind it. Mark on both sides of the nightstand where the nailer board now meets the panels.

  10. Attach the nailer board to the nightstand by installing screws into the pocket holes. Then, install the hardware into the nailer board. The amount of screws to install is up to your preference, but be sure to keep the weight of the nightstand in mind. NOTE: The screws that come with the set may be too long and not fit the thickness of the board you are using. Double check the size to determine whether the included screws are compatible when installing the hardware. If not, use smaller/larger screws.

  11. Sand the nightstand and add finish.

  12. To begin installing the other bracket onto the wall, first mark how high you want it. Be sure to take into account how far the hook bracket sits down on the box. Then use the built-in leveler to make sure that the bracket on the wall is straight and even. It should be brought up to the mark you made onto the wall previously. Then add another mark where you plan to install your screws. Once done, install the screws to attach the hardware to the wall.

  13. Slide your nightstand down onto the mounted hardware.


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