A couple of years ago, about a month before our wedding, Kay and I were busy little bees prepping everything that needed doing. We were expecting a few house guests who would stay over for a few days during that period, and so we had our hands full getting the guest room presentable.
Part of the problem we faced was bedside tables – as in, there weren’t any… but I did have quite a bit off off-cut wood in storage that would make neat little tables if I wall-mounted them on either side of the bed.
Making the tables:
The table surfaces and supports were all made from pine off-cuts. I decided the one table would be flush against the wall, and so it would need a vertical support to keep it stable. The other table would fit neatly into the corner and so it only needed a pair of supports flush against both walls to hold the surface steady.
I felt that a pair of rounded tables would look nice in the guest room, providing enough room for everything our guests might need to keep close, while also not taking up too much room.
I prepared the wood by cutting it to the approximate sizes I needed, and then rounded the curved outer edges with a jig saw. Afterwards, I sanding everything with a belt-sander, which really makes short work of old paint or stains on the wood! I drilled holes for the table lamp cables using a hole saw on a drill, large enough for the plug to pass through as well – but these are really optional.
The supports were screwed onto the underside of the table surfaces along the back edges of the board – the part which would go against the wall. It’s important for the parts that attach to the wall to all match up evenly so as to give the table surface a 90 degree angle to the wall, meaning that it will be level in relation to the wall surface.
I chose to varnish these once I’d assembled them, and before fitting them. It’s really up to you to choose when you want to varnish or paint your tables. I prefer to avoid painting wood altogether – varnish allows the natural beauty of wood to shine through, and we really like wood.
Mounting the tables:
In order to ensure that the table is level in the side-to-side direction, you will need to use a level and a pencil to mark the position of the supports on the wall before you drill the mounting holes.
I drilled mounting holes through the flat sides of the supports so that I could mark the positions of the holes on the wall and then test-fitted each table and its supports to the wall loosely, and then marked their intended positions on the wall with pencil.
Then I put the table aside, and drilled the mounting holes with a masonry drill bit. Remember to set the drill onto the “hammer drill” to make drilling into the wall easier, otherwise you’re going to take all day and probably blunt your bit!
You can use “hilti” wall-plugs or more traditional plastic wall plugs and chipboard screws to mount these tables onto the wall, the choice is yours. I prefer the separate plastic plugs and screws over the former, for lots of different reasons, but mainly because I feel they grip better in our particularly “soft” walls!
Once mounted, everything came together very nicely. The pair of antique wooden lamps looked at home on their respective tables, with their cables and switches dangling neatly close to the wall and within easy reach of anyone sitting or lying on that side of the bed. As an extra measure to prevent the lamps from being knocked over, I put two screws through the bottom of the table tops into the bases of the lamps to hold them down firmly.
This is a fairly simple project you can do in a day – without even breaking a nail!
Pictures included – enjoy!
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