DIY Market Stand

A few inexpensive, assemble-it-yourself nightstands offer hours of endless fun when you transform them into a marketplace: Outfit one with a sun shade and caddies to hold supplies, and fill a stacked pair with extra goodies to sell. Later, when the shopping is done, that stacked unit can double as a puppet theater.

Source: Martha Stewart


  • 3 small wooden nightstands, such as from IKEA (ours are 20 1/2-by-11 3/4-by15 1/2 inch)

  • Cup hooks

  • Cutlery caddy

  • 1 3/8-inch lattice

  • Screws

  • Small nails

  • Hammer

  • Tacky tape

  • 2 dowels (21-inch long by 5/16-inch wide)

  • 1 yard fabric (for awning)

  • L-brackets


  1. Assemble nightstands according to package instructions, if necessary. Screw 2 cup hooks into sides of unit to hold caddy (don't hang).

  2. For awning, make two crosses for sides using 1 3/8-inch lattic: Screw a 12-inch piece across a 47-inch piece 5 inches down from top. Secure to side of table with one screw near the floor, another an inch below tabletop. Repeat to make second cross. With small nails and a hammer, span crosses with a 21-inch piece of lattic.

  3. Attach tacky tape along dowels. Stick ends of a 21-inch-by-18-inch piece of fabric to the dowels; drape over frame. Hang caddy.

  4. For rear shelves, stack and attach 2 nightstands by screwing mending plates over the seams, front and back. (If desired, secure both assembled units to floor with L-brackets to keep from tipping.)


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