Introduction: Hinged and Latched Bed Shelf

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I wanted a small shelf just to set my phone and stuff on, that wouldn't be in the way during the day. So, i made one.

Step 1: Materials & Tools

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  • 1 Board (I used a cheap crafting board from my local hard-ware store)
  • 2 Small Hinges (it will be best if you use small flat sided hinges)
  • 1 Latch Hook (small ones keep out of the way, large ones hold more weight)
  • 4 Screws (come with most hinge sets)


  • Drill (if desired)
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers (if desired)

Step 2: Attach the Hinges

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I put my hinges of the far outside edge so i could later thread a charging cable through the gap in the middle. For the same reason i recommend having the hinge flush to the top edge of the wood.

It is important to put the flat side of the hinge to the wood, this will mean the flat of the hinge will also be against the wall, and the hinge it's self will not mark up your wall.

I pre-drilled my screw-holes so they didn't split the cheap plywood.

Step 3: Hang

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Simply find the height on the wall you want it to occupy and screw it in.

Step 4: Attach the Latch

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One of the nice things about using the eyelet latch is that it makes setting the distance really easy. Just eyeball your approximate spot then if it's to far, unscrew the eyelet a bit, or screw it in deeper if it's to close.


YourMagesty (author)2016-03-14

Nice idea. Good for you!

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-03-12

Nice compact table.

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