This DIY Kids bedside table combines function and style. This kids furniture has book storage for easy access to bedtime reading. Add organization to the kids’ room with this easy beginner woodworking project!
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This DIY Kids bedside table has been a lifesaver!!
Especially when you see what the earlier situation was…
It was an old Ikea shelf (that had been through a few makeovers over the years too) with canvas bins.
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 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.
Childrens Bedside table with book storage
It was time to fix this problem! No more bottomless drawers!
And it cost about $6!!
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Material needed for the DIY kids bedside table with book storage –
- Lumber per plans
- Miter Saw
- Kreg Jig
- 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
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How to build a kids bedside table with book storage –
Grab the printable pdf plans for this bedside table here by clicking the button below.
Step 1 – Make the cuts per the plans. Make pocket holes on the 1×6 sides and shelves as shown below.
Step 2 – Join the shelves to the sides using glue and pocket hole screws making sure the pocket holes for the top are on the outside.
Step 3 – Attach the front rail using wood glue and pocket hole screws. This is the rail that supports the books.
Step 4 – Attach hardboard or ¼” plywood to the back between the two shelves to create backing for the book storage area. Use wood glue and a brad nailer or a hammer and finish nails.
Step 5 – Attach the top leaving 1″ overhang on the sides and front.
The table is ready!
Fill all the holes with wood putty and sand. Stain or prime and paint as you like. If you are painting, be sure to refer to my guide on how to paint unfinished pine to get a lasting finish!
I painted the table white and added some colorful stripes to the top using masking tape and my giant hoard of oops paints. I mean who can pass up a 50 cent paint pot in a color you don’t have?
It has totally solved the problem of clutter and the room looks so much neater! It even looks so amazing in the brand new painted kids room!
It took 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 🙂