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Knocked Off: Simplest Nightstands | Killer b. Designs



Knocked Off: Simplest Nightstands

About three weeks ago I listed my Simple Nightstand for sale on Craigslist, and not only sold it, but got commissioned for 5 MORE nightstands! I’ve finally finished up all the projects I needed to finish before these, and got to work. It’s a bit difficult to find time to build, but luckily Charlie is a great napper. I had a little assembly line of nightstands going for a little while…

I used glue and my nail gun to assemble these. It took roughly 5 hours to build them, 2 to sand, and another 2 to paint. Tack on one last hour to glaze the tan ones, and that’s a total of 10 hours on this project. That translates to roughly 1 week’s worth of naptimes!

I have two pairs of tan tables, and one pair of teal. The teal don’t match exactly since I had built the original one of reclaimed wood that wasn’t standard sizing.

I’m really happy with the way they all turned out. They’re a very simple style, with clean lines and no fuss.

The shelf and drawer give a lot of good storage. And I found these great oil rubbed bronze pulls at Target, of all places. You can get a 10 pack for only $9.99! That’s a steal! I’m going to have to keep Target in mind in the future for hardware. They have some great modern pieces for really good prices.

So, let’s talk pricing. What do I charge for all this? Well, I listed the original nightstand at $30, since I was trying to sell quick to build a smaller version for my room. For the other 5, I factored in cost of materials ($100 for lumber/glue/nails/sandpaper) and the time it took me (10 hours at $10/hr) to come up with $200. That equals out to $38.34 per nightstand. For something hand built from solid wood, with a quality finish (I use Behr paint so it’s low VOC) I would say that’s a very fair price. They’re being picked up tomorrow, and I hope the buyer loves them!

Oh, and if you want to build your own, you can use Ana’s plans here.


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  1. Jen

    Those came out great and I think you should even charge more, at $45 each for personalized hand made wood night stands, they would still be a bargain and I think you would be justified to pay yourself a bit more. after all, you didn’t factor in costs like time to buy the materials, gas or plans (doesn’t Anna charge a fee if you use her plans to produce furniture for sale?). I think it is important to pay yourself what you are worth.

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      Jen, thank you so much for that vote of confidence! I toss in all the “extras” (like getting supplies, time building, etc.) in my $10/hr price. Everything else is in my materials cost. Like sandpaper, glue, screws, paint, lumber, the whole shebang. I don’t charge the client for a whole box of screws, but price accordingly with what’s used on the project. And luckily Ana does not charge a fee to sell from her plans. On her website, she asks that you “price fairly” for the buyer in the spirit of hand made. I feel that my price is fair. Once I have a little more experience, I’ll start upping my hourly rate. Or price based on demand. But right now, I’m pretty happy with the formula I came up with. I feel that the buyer is getting a deal on great hand built furniture, and I’m being paid fairly for my time. Everybody wins!

  2. Bunnie1978

    I have just started building for money too. I charge by looking at what a similar style or type of piece would cost at Walmart or Target made out of particle board, and I look at what a higher priced place would charge – like Pottery Barn (that isn’t always solid wood) and go somewhere in between those two numbers… much closer to the Walmart price than the other of course because I’m still learning. But I did learn the hard way that I need to plan more carefully before quoting… I take the materials cost and add taxes and add another 10% on that for the other supplies… to make sure I’m not under charging.
    You are doing great!

  3. Stephanie

    Really Brooke? 10$ an hour? That’s barely minimum wage! You so under value your own talent:-)

    1. Yes, $10/hr :( Since I just started selling stuff in March, I wanted to have about a six month period where my pricing reflected my “newbie” status. You know, cut some deals and build up hype. The more projects I have under my belt, the more comfortable I feel about upping my prices. I just finished a massive bookcase measuring 41″x65″ from PureBond plywoo with the whole nine: edge banding, fancy trim, hole plugs, yada yada, and only charged $110 for it. The hubs is talking me into finally raising prices a bit. It’s just so tough in my area because small town folks expect small price tags, so it’s going to be a guessing game until I get back into the Austin area where people crave handmade!

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