We believe that every living space should have a workspace that can bring ideas into reality. But if you're like us and don't have that convenient extra room or garage, you have to get a little creative with how you use the space you have.
One such creative use of space is an over-the-bed worktable - a standing table with a massive amount of project space that spans the length of a queen-size bed and rolls away when you want to catch a few Z's. The top surface of the table is whiteboard, meaning you can draw your project plans to scale or organize your components by marking out space for them. We've also sized the table perfectly to fit through most doorways and be easy to maneuver into place. Let's get hacking!
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Time Needed: ~4 hours
Total cost: ~$140
Materials: (Note: These dimensions are for a queen-sized bed, but they're easy enough to adjust!)
Tools: (We made it at TechShop Pittsburgh)
There's surprisingly little to do with the wood and panel board, aside from cutting it to the right dimension - so let's get started on our steel by cutting it down to size, drilling some holes, and blasting off the black coating that it ships with.
Take an old rag and some acetone and scrub down the steel pieces you received, to get rid of some of the oil and grease. Then spin up your cold saw or horizontal band saw and cut the steel in the following lengths and quantities:
|82||3||Horizontal length-wise support|
|22.25||4||Horizontal supports along head and foot of bed|
|38.75||4||Vertical leg supports|
You'll have to use an 8-foot length apiece for the three longest pieces, but you can cut two of the 8-footers into a 38.75" and two 22.25" segments, then cut the last bar into two 38.75" pieces, plus some scrap.
Time to weld the frame together!