DIY Ikea Hack: Easy Woven Cane Nightstand

ikea hack woven cane drawer

Creating custom furniture doesn’t have to be complicated! I purchased a $40 chest of drawers from Ikea and turned it into a woven cane nightstand! Even better, this DIY Ikea Hack only took me one weekend to complete! Here’s how!

DIY Ikea Hack: Woven Cane Nightstand

This project is sponsored by Arrow Fasteners. For my full sponsorship and disclosure policy, click here.

We really needed a nightstand, but I don’t have time to build one from scratch right now. So, I turned a $40 RAST Dresser from Ikea into the caned webbing nightstand of my (literal & figurative) dreams.

Here’s what it looked like before:

$40 IKEA Rast Hack

… and here is what it looks like now!

ikea hack woven cane drawer

Best part is that this transformation was completed in ONE weekend! Here’s how!

What I Used:

arrow stapler ikea hack

Arrow Fastener E21 Cordless Electric Staple Gun
Miter Saw
Circular Saw
Pocket Hole Jig
Wood Clamps
Safety Goggles
Tape Measure
Carpenter’s Square

(1) IKEA Rast Nightstand
(1) 36” Laminated Pine Board
(2) 2 x 2 x 8’ Common Board
½” Thick Trim Boards
Cane Webbing
Drawer Pulls
3/8″ Staples
1 ¼” Pocket Hole Screws
2 ½” Pocket Hole Screws
Wood Glue
Wood Filler
Wood Finish (I Used Golden Oak Stain)

The Steps:

1. First, I removed the drawers and hardware from my pre-existing dresser and patched any holes using wood filler. 

wood filler ikea furniture

2. Next, I trimmed the bottom of the cabinet off using my circular saw.

ikea hack cut dresser

3. I then cut and added a bottom panel and a top shelf panel and attached them to the cabinet using pocket hole screws and wood glue.

attaching shelves to nightstand pocket hole screws

4. Once the cabinet was sturdy again, I switched my attention to the drawers. I removed all of the original hardware and patched the holes using wood putty. Once that dried, I then sanded everything flat.

changing ikea hardware

5. Next, I added a layer of cane webbing to the drawer fronts and attached them using my Arrow Fastener E21 Cordless Electric Staple Gun and 3/8″ staples. Using a cordless staple gun made making this cushion an absolute breeze. I was able to attach all of the webbing in one charge, and save my hands from a lot of agony!

arrow cordless stapler can webbing

6. Once the webbing was stapled to the drawer, I cleaned up the edges by gluing and clamping trim pieces to the drawer (P.S. I made sure to stain these pieces before adding them).

gluing trim to drawers

7. As the trim dried, I created a base for the nightstand by cutting 2 x 2 boards into leg and frame pieces. I then attached them to the base of the cabinet using wood glue and screws.

how to make a cabinet base

8. I then sanded and stained the entire cabinet in a golden oak color.

staining ikea furniture

9. Last step was to add the drawer hardware and re-assemble!

ikea hardware replacement diy

Not bad for a cabinet glow up, am I right?

can webbing night stand

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Sam Raimondi

Sam is a full time psychologist and part time content creator from Long Island, New York.




  • Elyana Clarke

    Thank you for sharing your blog, seems to be useful information can’t wait to dig deep!

  • Cynthia Scott

    You’ve done a great job! The woven cane nightstand you made looks more bautiful than the original one.

  • Cynthia Scott

    I like this so much! It is a creative idea!

  • Toni

    Do you happen to have any of the cut measurements for the foot base and added bottom shelf?

  • Caroline

    I would love the measurements for the shelf you added where the top drawer goes! I am about to do this project but thats the one part I am stuck on!

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