I built the two-nightstand tables that attach to the wall for around $50 for my daughters room. She doesn’t have a lot of room for a full nightstand on each side of her bed, so I built some that attach to the walls like a shelf. I built them about one foot above the height of her mattress and within reach from her bed. In this article, I’ll explain step-by-step how to build these great night tables.
To start with, I went to my local home improvement center and bought a 5/4 round cut piece of lumber. If you don’t have that at your hardware store or lumber company, you’ll need to buy a similar piece of wood about 12 inches wide. A 1×12 piece of yellow pine will work fine. Similar species of wood such as oak or birch are also acceptable. If you’re going to paint it, then a piece of ¾-inch plywood will work just as good.
When you have a 24-inch circle cut, either from what you purchased or made, you will need to cut that in half. Now you should have two half moon shapes. These will be the shelf tops. Sand any rough edges with fine grit sandpaper. At this point, you should either paint or stain your shelves. If you’re not going to use stain, use urethane to coat the shelves. Always sand between coats with a fine grit sandpaper before you apply another coat.
Measure a suitable height for your shelves. Typically, a shelf about one foot above the height of the mattress is sufficient. Measure about one foot from the sides of the bed to find the center of the shelves from the bed. Of course, any measurement you make at this point is your own decision. Mark the area on the wall with a pencil.
The shelves brackets can be made from just about anything. You can buy pre-made brackets made from wood, metal or other materials if you want to. I made my own brackets from a piece of 2×12 yellow pine. I cut a simple arch using a jigsaw. Once I cut the first arch in the 2×12, I used it as a pattern for the other three arches. I sanded the arches clean and painted them. You can use any wood you want, just make sure it matches if your going to use a clear coat.
After sanding and painting the brackets, attach them to the shelves. Attach the shelves to the walls using the brackets and make sure they are level. If you’re going into a stud, then a simple two-inch drywall screw will work just fine. If you’re securing it into drywall, use a drywall anchor to secure it in place or a butterfly toggle. Pre-drill the brackets before you screw them in place and drill a small hole to counter-sink the screw. Fill the holes with wood putty and repaint the brackets.