Bedside Table DIY

Awesome DIY Side Table!  Awesome DIY Side Table!For some reason I was having the hardest time picking out bedside tables for our bedroom. Do you ever get a mental block about something? Why was finding the perfect bedside tables turning out to be so hard? I think part of the issue for me was that I really did want them to be cute and match the look of our room. But I also wanted them to be functional/useful, because we often sit in bed at night and watch a movie on our laptop, or I'll finish up a little work. Sometimes we read, and I like to keep nail polish and lotion by my side of the bed too. So our bedside tables tend to become a catch-all for lots of different items. Thankfully our friend Josh was in town and kindly volunteered to create the perfect bedside tables for us! Here's how he did it:How to build a bedside tableBed Side Table tools and supplies:

1.5" Kreg screws (fine thread) you won't have to pre-drill with these screws
.75" wood screws
3/4" hardwood sheet of hardwood plywood 4' by 8'
wood glue
sandpaper (50 and 220 grit)
straight edge
tape measure
skill saw

1. Cut (2) 18" by 8' strips from plywood sheet
2. From remaining piece, cut a a piece 3" by 8" and 3.75" by 8". sand and glue together (as pictured)
3. Cut (2) pieces 26.5" by 18"  (sand all edges)
4. Cut (2) pieces 17.75" by 18" (sand all edges)
5. Cut a 16.25" by 18" piece (sand all edges)
6. Cut 13.5" by 18" piece (sand all edges)Bedside diy by subtletakeover7. Glue and screw pieces A,B,C,D together (as pictured)
8. Glue E and F together (as pictured) let dry then install into the ABCD
9. Glue in G and H (optional)
10. Let table dry and flip, install casters (as pictured)
11. Sand all edges and surfaces
12. Optional (stain and seal)Bedside diy from subtletakeover-diagramJeremy and I absolutely LOVE how the tables turned out! We have been using every little nook, especially the pencil holders. 🙂 A big thank you to Josh for creating these beautiful tables and sharing his process with us. xo. Elsie
  • I think I pin everyone of your posts to my Project board on Pinterest! 🙂 This side table is so my style. Love it!

  • Love this idea for my fiance’s side of the bed. He has a cheap composite bookshelf and I want to throw it out. However, I can’t find anything that I think would go there without being too tall or too expensive. I even have the perfect legs for it too just need the wood!

    xo Amber P.

  • I feel like have had the same problem finding bedside tables that I like and that work with my bed. I have drawers built into my bed so regular night stands don’t work. Do you have any suggestions on how to build a wall mounted shelf-thing like a cubby that would make a great bedside table?

  • this is sort of genius. Particularly the little pencil nook. I’m always searching for pens / pencils in the basket i keep under my bedside table. what an easy, cool idea. thanks for sharing!!

  • What a great table. My husband doesn’t know it yet but he’ll be making one for me.

  • I recently moved and had no storage space in my teeny-tiny bathroom, so I turned an old kitchen cubboard into (temporary) storage space. I turned it upside down and added wheels, so the handle is at the right hight and you can move it around when cleaning the bathroom. All it needs now is a bit of paint and a new knob or handle. With this solution it doesn’t matter if I take forever to find the right new furniture, because this temp solution looks great! Maybe I’ll even keep it this way…

  • LOVE the table, and am obsessed with the writing on the back wall. Is that a print on canvas, or paint on the wall? Just found your blog, and can’t wait to read more:) Love from Nepal…Katie

  • Love a great DIY! Thanks for sharing! Love the writing on the wall as well! Great blog!

  • It’s so perfect; elegant yet functional, and I love the cute little pencil holder.

  • So talented! This is so cute I love it!

    Juliette Laura

  • It really fits in with the feel of the room! And I love the colourful jars 🙂

  • Super great idea guys!

    I love these posts!

  • I love the little place for the pencils. Super cute and functional!

  • Very cool! When I first saw it I though you bought it. Looks really great.

  • I really like it, it seems a great idea 😉

  • I am so in the same boat right now. In the middle of a big bedroom re-do and bedside tables is the one thing I haven’t figured out yet! I especially like the casters on the table, great idea. Thanks!

  • I know I should comment on the bedside table but guys how nice is the wall with the words??? Love this interior idea!

    If you love creativity just visite my blog if you like!
    Xo maschalina

  • Thanks for the design details.

    xo Janika

  • If I hadn’t seen the making of pictures I’d never believe that was a DIY. I want one now.

  • Awesome! I would love to get my hands into a DIY that requires some power tools and wood! This might just be a perfect start!

  • Fantastic, what a great tutorial! I love the clean lines and functionality of this, as well.

  • Already loved your DIY for making new things out of vintage but now you do vintage out of brand new material… I’m officially addicted to your DIY ! (and proud of it!)

  • We’re moving to a new house and we need narrower bedside tables. I might try making them.

  • I love this DIY project.
    Are there any posts about the how to do the writing on the wall behind the bed?

  • Fantastic !!!!!!! Today in my blog: Bright Flowers. Thanks you for you visit!!Kiss from Spain

  • Its turned out great, really love the little pencil compartment


  • That looks nice. I like your creative things. Have a nice day.

  • I love this table, it’s simple and original style!!!

  • Finding the perfect bedside table was also a challenge for me. It took me weeks on research and finally I also opted for some DIY. 🙂

  • I hear you. I have been looking for the perfect carpet for my kitchen for YEARS! It all started with that I once actually had the perfect blue and white striped carpet with beautiful rough structure. It was unfortunately worn out and I have been on the hunt ever since trying to find something even better – so far no luck! I’m with you, if you cannot find your dream piece, no matter it’s a piece of clothingm furniture or carpet, you may just as well do-it-yourself.

    Nice blog. Stop by mine if you have time.
    XXX/ Bella in Hong Kong

  • Looks amazing! I want to attempt it!!


  • Absolutely adorable! And theoretically you could extend it to a sideboard. If I only had a friend to do that for me..

  • omg this diy is awesome I was looking for something small but useful for my new house this looks perfect! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @

  • This is an awesome idea! I want to make more custom furniture once I move into the new place I’m building with my partner, and bedside tables and a coffee table are right up there on my list! For mine, I want a draw on the bottom (I have baskets that I’ll use for the draw), so I’ll make it based on the basket sizes. Custom furniture is the best!

  • This is lovely!
    Perfect for a small place like mine!
    🙂 Liz @

  • Everything I own is in my bedside table-drawer. Creams, nail polish, pens, cash, phone & camera chargers, passport, etc etc. That’s why I need drawers! I’m so messsssy!

  • These are perfect! Just what I need, all my books, bottles, earrings etc end up in a pile on my bedside table. I love the idea of the storage spaces, especially the pencil holder – too cute. Time to get out the tool kit! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  • The bedside table is awesome… yes, but I have to admit the writing on the wall is what was really catching my eye 😉 It all looks great!

  • so lovely! we’ve been trying to decide on side tables for two years!! i love these! Never thought I’ve making our own but now that I know of the possibilities…that might just be the route we take! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • This is such an innovative idea!
    I absolutely love the staining, and the way you’ve styled it is fantastic.
    Great post, thanks!

  • Love that it’s completely personal – and unique! Love the nail polish idea. Lol…I need more compartments! Good to have Josh visit more often!

    I’d love to share this to my fb page (organically opulent) – it’s a great DIY project!

  • Love the pencil nook. A librarian hint though, don’t store books or notebooks sideways like that. It will hurt the bindings.

  • I’ve been looking for bedside tables for so long! We just uses old little side coffee tables at the moment. If only I could convince my bf to make some of those 🙂


  • I love this!! My favorite part is definitely the pencil nook 🙂

    -Emma from

  • I can’t beleive it’s DIY! Great job!

  • That looks so great and I really like that you’ve put it on wheels!

  • wish i was this handy/creative! cute post girly!

  • This looks wonderful! I wish I could make something like this too, this would look amazing next to my bed. Thank you for sharing this diy, love it!

  • Super cute! I’m loving the color of the wood!
    xo Heather

  • fantastic idea. love the compartment where you can store pencils! super clever!

  • I really like that!

    xo Jennifer

  • love this!! I write at night so the pencil/pen holder is brilliant!


  • Thats so cute, I wish I could make something like that

    Please check out and follow my blog! I’d really appreciate it!

  • Oh, wow! I’ve been wanting to do a project like this. I found one at a thrift I antiqued for my side of the bed, but I wanted to make a custom one for my husband that is a little more manly.

    Jillian –

  • wow. i am an architecture major and the diagram that josh made is amazing. i have followed his blog and instagram ever since you guys started showing his work on the blog and i really appreciate someone who takes the time to make a diagram like that for everyone to learn from! i’m also curious what program he used to draw it out? i’m guessing Illustrator was involved, but did he also do some 3D modeling? SO good.

  • Such a useful (and cool) night table! I especially love the cubicle for colored pencils. 🙂

  • I love how functional these are, yet still so cute! Thanks so much for sharing the exact design with us…so awesome 🙂

  • What a great idea! It’s so hard to find something in the store that suites your exact style, wants, and needs. Sometimes it’s best to just create it on your own.

  • We were in this dilemma not that long ago… it can be hard finding a bedside table that suits! I LOVE the little nooks. Such a great use of space!

  • That thing is so cute! Very useful diy!

  • the pencil slot is my favorite. i have pens and pencils everywhere. this is a much better solution.

  • Nice project! I like the pencil holder! I never know where to put mine on my own nightstand… Thanks!

  • These are adorable! I love the pencil holder 🙂

  • So great, I am personally a fan of the more complicated DIY’s like this one that involves dedication and craftsmanship. Great job, Josh!


  • Very cool and I can’t believe its DIY!! The diagram is really helpful – thanks for this!

  • Wow, looks really great!

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