My kids share a bedroom, with both their beds on each side of the room and just enough space for a bedside table in between. I built just the perfect kids bedside table!
Someday, when the beds are made and the room is clean I will show you the room. There is always hope that such a day will come… Mama can dream, right? OK let’s get back to reality – we were using an old Ikea shelf (that I first stained then painted ages ago) with canvas bins as their bedside table.
There were a few problems –
- It was way too small for that space.
- The bottom bin held my girl’s socks and the top one was a miscellaneous dark hole for hair clips, toys, ribbons, sea shells, mom’s missing earrings (!!)…. you get the idea.
- We had no place to put the books that we read at night, which between the two kids averaged to about 3 per night. They would just pile up for a few weeks between the beds until mommy decided to put all of them back on the playroom bookshelf.
Well…. here is a picture for you!
It was time to fix this problem – and this is what I came up with – a kids bedside table with book storage… no bottomless drawers! And it cost about $6!!
DIY Kids bedside table with book storage
I have you covered with detailed plans on how to make this table. My table width is 25.5″ and height 20.75″. You can modify the cuts according to your requirements.
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Material needed for the DIY kids bedside table with book storage –
- 1″ x 6″ x 8′
- 1″ x 8″ x 6′
- Hardboard or 1/4″ plywood
- 1″ x 2″ x 2′
- 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
- Brad nailer or 1 1/4″ finish nails and hammer
- Drill/ driver
- Kreg right angle clamp
- Wood glue
- Wood putty
Cut list –
- 1″ x 6″ x 20″ – total 2 – table sides.
- 1″ x 6″ x 22″ – total 2 – shelves.
- 1″ x 8″ x 25.5″ – table top
- hardboard or 1/4″ plywood – 23.5″ x 18 – backing of book storage
- 1″ x 2″ x 22″ – front bar for book storage
How to build kids bedside table with book storage –
Step 1 – Make pocket holes on the 1×6 sides and shelves as shown below.
Step 2 – Join the shelves to the sides at 2″ from the bottom and 5.5″ from the top using glue and pocket hole screws making sure the pocket holes for the top are on the outside.
Step 3 – Attach the 1″ x 2″ to the front about 3/4″ from the bottom. I used a 1″ x 2″ board as a spacer. Use wood glue and pocket hole screws. This is the bar to support the books.
Step 4 – Attach the hardboard or 1/4″ plywood back between the two shelves to create a backing for the book storage area. I used glue and hammered in finish nail. It would be lovely to use a Brad nailer but I don’t have one 🙁 (Hint! Hint! Dear husband)
Step 6 – Fill all the holes with wood putty and sanded, primed and painted the table as you like. I painted the table white and added some colorful stripes to the top using masking tape and my giant hoard of oops paints. I am obsessed with buying these every time I go to the Home depot or Lowes. I mean who can pass up a 50 cent paint pot in a color you don’t have?
Here is the final version of the kids bedside table with book storage –
It has totally solved the problem of clutter and the room looks so much neater!
It cost less than 30 minutes and $6 for me to build because I had most of the supplies and scrap wood to use but if you have to buy all the wood, it should still be under $15. These are my favorite kind of projects – big impact, low cost 🙂
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