Kids bedside table with book storage

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anikasdiylife added on 1/8/2016

A simple bedside table with book storage especially for kids that love to read at bed time. And no bottomless drawers for Mom to clean up.


Follow the steps below to complete this project.


Cut sides and shelves

Use 1x6 board - Cut 2 shelves @ 22" Cut 2 sides @ 20" Make pocket holes as shown in picture


Join shelves and sides

Attach the shelves to the sides at 2″ from the bottom and 5.5″ from the top using glue and pocket hole screws. Ensure that the pocket holes for the top are on the outside os the side boards.


Add bar for books

attach 1x2 @ 22" to the front leaving a 3/4" gap on the bottom. I used a scrap 1 x3 board for the spacing.


Attach back of book storage

Attach the 1/4" plywood cut at 23.5″ x 18″ on the back between the two shelves to create a backing for the book storage area. Use glue and finish nails


Attach table top

Attach 1 x 8 cut at 25.5" as the table top using the pocket hole screws. Leave an inch over hang on all four sides.


Finish the bedside table

Fill all the holes with wood putty, sand, prime and paint the table. I also added a pattern on the top to make it a little colorful.

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Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(1) 1x6, 96", Board  
(1) 1x2, 24", Board  
(1) 1x8, 36", Board  
(1) 1/4" Thick, Quarter Sheet, Plywood  


(1) wood glue  
(22) 1 1/4" kreg pocket hole screws  
(20) 1/2" finish nails  
(1) wood putty  
(3) sandpaper - 80, 150 and 220 grit  
(1) primer  
(1) paint - color of choice  

Parts/Cut List:

(2) Shelves, 3/4" x 5.5" x 22"  
(2) Sides, 3/4" x 5.5" x 20"  
(1) book bar, 3/4" x 1.5" x 22"  
(1) back, 1/4"x 23.5″ x 18″  
(1) Table top, 3/4" x 7.5 x 25.5  

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