Piece Together a Pallet
Find Yourself Stumped
Nothing says cozy quite like a rustic bedside table straight from nature. Functional with or without the iron legs, a generous slice of tree trunk gets new life a bedside repository. Just smooth out the surface with fine-grit sandpaper, then use a product like wood juice to coax out the natural variations in the grain.
Climb the Ladder
Bring your bedside table to new heights with a unique laddered frame. You can build the ladder from scratch or, if you're lucky, you can spruce up a vintage ladder with a fresh coat of paint. A drawer for bedside essentials is perched about halfway up, with rungs offering added real estate to use creatively.
Expose Some Metal
Retool a Stool
Pull Up a Chair
With a little creative thinking, spare seating can hold more than just warm bodies. Flank your bed with a pair, and you'll have two more repurposed options for setting nighttime essentials. And whether your bedroom decor is classic, contemporary or somewhere in between, there's a style of chair to match.
Turn the Table
Unpack your bags and stay awhile with a bedside table inspired by a luggage rack at a bed and breakfast. No drilling, sanding, or sawing here: "Building" this table is as simple as placing a vintage suitcase on a stand. To go the extra mile, you can add a glass top for added protection.
Free Up the Floor
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