Picture of How to make a Floating Bedside Table
My wife needed a bedside table, but there was only limited space to put one. I came up with this idea to make the most of the available space and also reduce the risk to our toes of painful nighttime collisions with furniture legs.

Typical of my projects the materials are mostly free. I tend to use whatever is at hand, and I would encourage anyone looking at this to do the same. The materials I use are probably never ideal, but then I always aim for progress rather than perfection. 

I initially thought of attaching the table to the bed, but I decided this would make it awkward to change the sheets etc. I eventually settled on a single raking leg attached to the floor under the bed. The result is a table that appears to hover next to the bed, and I think it looks pretty cool.

Step 1: Materials

As usual I did some poking around my shed until I found some inspiration. It turned out that two pieces that had been calling to me for some time were at last just what I needed.
  • For the table top I had a slab of really heavy hard wood from my pile of fire wood. I believe it was an off cut from a mill that produces railway sleepers; sold as fire wood. This piece was just the right size at about 380mm x 240mm and about 30mm thick. A fantastic rich red colour.
Some sanding and planing and the slab looked quite presentable.

  • For the leg it was an old stainless steel submersible pump housing. Heavy enough for the job while being light enough to shape. The curve of the sections I cut from it would provide the stiffness I needed. Unfortunately it wasn't long enough without a joint, but at least I got an excuse to fire up the welder.
I cut two sections from the pump housing, each about 80mm wide. Joined together these make the single leg.
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Very interesting design! Have you done a strength test? I'm one of those people who just stacks everything on my bedside table. Do you know how much you can stack on it?
Stand on the bedside table? Crazy. It's not what it's built for! You want to reach something HIGH, get a LADDER! Ha ha ha! Stand on it, indeed! See how you'll break your neck or your spine, and end up in a wheelchair for life when you gets LAZY! Ladderes are for that JOB, not the bedside table!
cammers (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
The weakest point is where it attaches to the floor. If that is sturdy enough it will be strong enough for a stack of books. If you wanted to stand on it you might need to add a leg or two.
I wanted to laugh when you said not to stand on it, but then I realized I've stood on plenty of end tables, so it is a good thing to keep in mind if I make it :)
MaskMarvl1 year ago
Cool... although, maybe you could modify it so the leg goes between the matresses instead of under the leg of the bed. That way, the table won't fall over (with everything on it) when the bed is bumped or moved. :)
Bill WW2 years ago
Better than a gun holster under the mattress!
FrozenIce2 years ago
Very nice!! i love how u eliminated the toe bumping in the middle of the night problem!
Attmos2 years ago
i'm with you on the philosophy of using whats laying around. i think it sparks a lot of creative thinking and highlights an individuals style when you have to make due. nice work.
Definitely in the spirit of reuse/recycle/DIY - good work! Of course, at my house everything would be thrown to the floor and replaced with a cat. Or 2 cats fighting over possession of the nightstand.