Bedside Table Progress Ways to Make Your Own Decorator Table

Do you know what a decoration table is? Oh, I’m sure you’ve seen her. These are just plywood or MDF tables, specially designed for transferring a tablecloth. This is probably the most common style:

This style is usually not too expensive. I think I saw her pretty much in bed, in the bathroom and beyond.

Pottery Barn is a little prouder of her, which has a price tag of about 100.

But the most recent versions of the decorator tables actually offer storage space underneath, like this one from Ready to Cover:

Well, I needed two for John and Alice’s room, and there was no way I could pay more for the shipping costs for the tables that had not yet been installed. Also, I wanted rectangular tops, not round tops. So I decided to make one myself.

Using a 1/2″ reality check of MDF, a little glue and a few nails, I have two bedside tables that measure 30″ wide x 15″ deep x 34″ high… and all this for the sum. What savings, huh?! And the best…Home Depot cut all my MDF for me, so all I had to do was glue and nail.

I started with two pieces of 13″ x 33″ MDF for the side supports of the shelves. To indicate where the boards should go, I measured 14 inches from the top and drew a line. Then I measured another 14 inches and drew another line. I did it on both sides of the MDF.

I set the piece aside and place the shelf piece (measures about 26″ x 13″) on the glue bead just below the pencil line. With my fingernail, I nailed the board.

Once both parts of the shelf were glued and nailed to a side support piece, it looked like this. Yes… a little wrong on this point, but it’s okay! I repeated the same thing with the other side support piece: mark lines, a bead of glue just below the lines, align with pieces of shelf and nail.

After that, I added two brackets to the back that were nailed to the shelf and the side brackets. It’s about keeping the shelf straight and tight and preventing things from being pushed backwards on the shelves. You can cover the entire back, but as I said, I didn’t want to use more than one piece of MDF for both tables, so I used the strips left after cutting out the side supports, the shelves and the table top.

After that, I added two brackets to the back that were nailed to the shelf and the side brackets. It’s about keeping the shelf straight and tight and preventing things from being pushed backwards on the shelves. You can cover the entire back, but as I said, I didn’t want to use more than one piece of MDF for both tables, so I used the strips left after cutting out the side supports, the shelves and the table top.

With the front and side parts glued and nailed, I filled the cracks and nail holes with wood putty. When it was really good and dry, I sanded it, prepared the top, then painted the top.

The fabric panels that I made are attached from the bottom. Of course, it’s a little different, but I like different!!