Easy DIY bedside table with storage




The simple design of this bedside table means that it is an easy DIY project for a beginner. Measuring 450mm wide x 500mm high, the bedside table has a lid that lifts up to reveal a storage compartment.



4 of 450 x 500mm 16mm supawood – sides
1 of 490 x 500mm 16mm supawood – lid
1 of 418 x 450mm 16mm supawood – base
6 of plastic brackets and 16mm screws
1 of piano hinge 400mm long and 16mm screws
Wood filler
3.5 x 35mm cut screws
Drill / Driver plus assorted bits
Countersink bit
Jigsaw and clean-cut blade
Sander plus 120- and 240-grit sanding pads
Tape measure and pencil




1. Draw a line 200mm from the top, 100mm and 150mm in from both sides. Draw a diagonal line from where the 150/200mm lines intersect to the 100mm line at the bottom. Cut out this section with a jigsaw.


2. To cut out the section, cut both vertical lines first. From the left side curve to join to the top of the line on the right side.


3. Working from the right side, cut a curve to end up on the straight line to the left corner.


4. Working from the left, remove the remaining board by cutting a straight line to the right corner.


5. Drill 3 countersunk pilot holes 8mm in from the side edge on the front and back sections. Space these at the top centre and bottom.


6. Align the front section flush with the side and screw together.


7. Repeat the same process to add the other side.


8. Secure the back section to both sides.


9. Measure 170mm from the top and mark all sides. Attach the brackets underneath this mark using 16mm screws. There are two brackets on the front and back and a single bracket in the centre of the sides.


10. Insert the base and attach to the brackets.


Now you can see how the completed bedside table should look without the lid.


11. To attach the lid secure a piano hinge (or butt hinges) onto the underside of the lid. Make sure that the pin of the hinge is placed over the board. Hold the lid in place to secure the piano hinge onto the back of the top, again making sure that the pin of the hinge is over the edge.






  • Fill all holes with wood filler and leave to dry.
  • Sand with 120-grit to remove any uneven cuts and then sand with 240-grit to smooth and prepare for painting.
  • Paint your project with ours using Rust-Oleum 2X satin sweet pea (available at your local Builders Warehouse).

Janice Anderssen



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