Suspended Bedside Table





Introduction: Suspended Bedside Table

This is an easy project that addresses a real issue: we bought a great IKEA bed with drawers on the lower part (extremely useful for storing any kind of thing in the bed structure!). But then we realized we needed a bedside table and did not want to fix anything to the wall... So what to do? We got the idea from a BoConcept bedside table... and made our own to measure using 2 simple pieces of woods! Easy to do, less than 1 hour. This picture is the final output.

Step 1: The Context

This is the original situation. When the drawer is open, it is not possible to have a bedside table there. A "suspended" solution is necessary.

Step 2: The Right Size!

A few suggestions: the most important measure you have to write down is the height of your bed. More specifically, the height from the floor until the upper part of the bed where your bedside table will lay on. If you use a piece of wood whose height is more than this, your bedside table will not be flat, but leaning to one side instead. If it is less, the other way round!

The other measure you may want to take is the horizontal width of the bedside. This is the size of your bedside table, if you like it larger or smaller, you decide.

As for the piece of wood that makes your bedside table stick to the bed, you may want to use just a few inches.

Step 3: Required Materials

You just need 2 pieces of wood, the color you like, better if polished on the 4 sides. We have found it at a local Leroy Merlin for just 13 USD each. That makes 26 USD per bedside table.

Additionally, you will need 4 small L-brackets, better if in the same color of the wooden part (not required: they are hidden below the bedside table). You will use them to stick the pieces of wood together. Additionally, 16 screws.

You will use one piece of wood as the top of the bedside table. We have bought one that simply fit in the space we have available, but of course you can cut it - or have it cut for you - to the right size.

Then, we have bought another piece of wood same size as the previous one, and cut into 3:
1. One part for the lateral part of the bedside table (vertical piece)
2. One small part for the side of the bed. Note that in this case you just need a couple of inches of wood, not more.
3. The rest, not used.

Step 4: Opening Holes for the Screws

Just position the L-bracket and mark with a pencil when you need to insert each screw. I recommend, before inserting the screw on top of the L-bracket, to open a hole for the screw, by inserting it and then taking it out. Then, you can position the L-bracket and fix it with the screws.

Step 5: You Are Done!

At the end, you will have a structure like this one. You notice that I have attached some protection to avoid to scratch our bed, and the wooden floor (black patches), of course this is optional.

Step 6: Finished Work

As you can see the bedside table stays on the side of the bed and there is enough space behind it to completely open the drawer. 



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    18 Discussions

    What about changing the sheets - is that a little tricky now? I love this, just curious about the sheets.

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    Good question! :-) No, nothing complicated, it actually does not touch the sheets. It just lays on the side of the bed.

    What is the suspended part? It appears to be nothing more than post and beam construction.

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    Well, because it has just one leg. But yes, as I say at the beginning, this is a very simple project, nothing fanct. But VERY useful for beds like ours. :-)

    Based on the picture, you're using L-brackets and not hinges. Unless the whole thing folds flat and I missed that.

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    Oh, thanks TheMainMan! That's how they are called in English! I am going to update the project, many thanks!!!!!

    A little suggestion: make sure the vertical board protrudes an inch above the shelf, and use the spare wood to make an edge at the back: this will prevent your coffee cup from sliding off accidentally !-)

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    Actually, calculating the RIGHT heigh of the vertical piece is a key element of this project. It should be exactly the same measure as the vertical height of the surface of the bed upon which the bedside will rest.

    About the coffee cup protection system... :-D Well, this would be a nice improvement indeed.

    Excellent idea! I needed this without realising, and you have provided the solution, thank you :-D

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    Can you add a picture of the finished installed shelf from the side, with the drawer open? It is somewhat hard to read the picture you have from the top.

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    this is very good a very good idea especially in Hong Kong with barely any storage space in a bedroom. Thank you for this!

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