Small spaces can be challenging when trying to add storage or arrange furniture. Sometimes you have to think outside the box when it comes to furniture and furniture placement. So what do you do to make room for side tables in a small space? Read on to see how I solved the problem with DIY space saving side tables.
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I searched high and low for tables that were small enough for this space, but none of them felt right. I even tried a small chair at one point. Then I happened upon the vintage ammo crates the hubby had stashed in the garage. They were PERFECT!
I started with two ammo boxes that were two totally different colors, so I stained one hoping that they would match. They don’t match exactly, but I like the difference in the finishes. I used Minwax stain in dark walnut and once that was dry I put 2 coats of lacquer to give it shine and bring out the grain of the wood.
Then this project sat, waiting for my hubby to put them up in the guest room….for a few weeks, lol! Our guest room is small, about 10×12, and it has a queen size bed in it. Space is at a premium in there and traditional side tables would have taken up even more floor space. By installing side tables on the wall it frees up floor space and makes the room seem bigger than it really is.
My hubby used a jack stand to install these side tables. He is a genius! He is just that kind of guy, always thinking. It made this a one man installation!
He found the studs by tapping the wall, I recommend using a stud finder. This is a heavy crate, we didn’t want it to fall off the wall so he attached it using 2 inch drywall screws pre drilling the holes through the crate and the wall. Then I put in the cup hooks and chains to make the lid level.
And there you have it. DIY side tables using wooden ammo crates. I love that there are rope handles on each end and the latch hardware is still on them. They can be closed and latched to get them out of the way and if I ever rearrange the room the crate that ends up not next to the bed can be used as a desk. Win, win!
See all the room still open under the table? It gives the illusion that the space is bigger than it really is. Sometimes you just have to get creative when dealing with small spaces.
This room has undergone a renovation with the new room addition, we moved the window and repainted. Little by little it is coming together.
After this project my hubby said he was going to teach me how to use the power tools because my projects are killing him, lol! Look out world because I will be unstoppable using power tools!!
Side tables on the wall, yay or nay? What solutions do you have for side tables in small spaces? I would love to hear them in the comments below!
Until next time,