Can you believe these DIY Crate Nightstands are made out of $10 crates and copper piping? While the new house was being built we were living in our camper and I needed a project to keep me occupied. I also needed nightstands for the Industrial Chic Master Bedroom that I had planned.

As is typical, my brain started whirring DIY ideas and I just went along for the ride! The end result was these Industrial Crate Nightstands that only cost $95 for 2. The original plan called for making these with steel pipes and flanges, but that stuff gets hella expensive, so copper pipe won out.DIY Wood Crate NightstandsThe industrial style with the slim leg has a home in my heart. WARNING: if this is something you might want to tackle – I’m not a carpenter and these aren’t the most sturdy nightstands ever. I used glue at the elbows, but would definitely recommend soldering everything together instead. They aren’t going to fall over and they don’t wobble, but if you push them to one side, they will lean – they’ll stay upright though so it’s all good up in here. I do want that out there so if you go all in making these you don’t email me later yelling at me!  To add additional stability they could easily be fastened into the wall.

DIY Crate Nightstand

Industrial Nightstand Tutorial

SUPPLIES (to make 2 nightstands):

2 Wooden Crates – Walmart for $9.97, all other supplies came from Lowe’s
(2) 1/2″ 10′ Copper Piping
Metal Cutter
16 1/2″ Copper 90 Degree Elbows
4 1/2″ Pipe Straps
4 1/2″ T Connectors
Spray paint – 1.5 cans of Rust-oleum Hammered in Oil Rubbed Bronze
Stain – Minwax Dark Walnut
Clear Liquid Nails


First, cut the length of the pipes. You will need the following:

8 – 18″ (cut 4 from each 10′ pipe)

4 – 8″

8 – 3.75″

2 – 14″

DIY Bedside TablePiece the legs together (see above image).

Spray paint the copper legs and set aside to dry.

As the legs dry, stain the crates. Set aside to dry.

Flip the legs over and spray the other side. Set aside to dry.

DIY NightstandAdd the corner brackets to the front of the crate.

DIY Crate NightstandOnce the legs are dry, connect them to the bottom of the crate using the pipe straps. I placed my pipe 1.5″ from the edge and strapped it into place.

Glue all of the joints together with Clear Liquid Nails and let dry.

DIY Crate NightstandWhat do you think? Are these DIY Crate Nightstands a Yay or a Nay in your book?