Step Up Side Table
Featuring three shelves in different lengths, this side table provides interesting modern storage. Works as both a tabletop for placing drinks, and as storage and display for books and other things.
I've got a trick that some of you may see me do. It's a trick that I've learned from many of you. It's pretty simple.
Take a simple piece of furniture with an interesting design, paint it a bold color, and you've got instant style on the cheap.
Take this step up table (and yes, is highly inspired by the West Elm one). It is no more than a few boards that I assembled in mere minutes.
But with the addition of a bold paint, this simple table becomes so much more interesting.
And for those of you curious, yes, that is the storage sofa that you can build with these plans.
16″ wide shelf, 8 feet long OR 8 feet long plywood cut 16″ wide or if you have scraps left over of 1×16 that is 15 1/2″ wide, you can use that too.
1×8, 4 feet long
2×2, 2 feet long
2″ screws or 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
Cut all your boards. Always predrill holes before screwing with a countersink bit or Kreg Jig™. Use glue. If you are working with MDF, use drywall screws, as the shafts of wood screws are tapered and tend to split the MDF. Be safe, have fun.
1 – 1×8 @ 20″ (Bottom Partition)
1 – 1×16 @ 22″ (Middle Shelf)
1 – 1×8 @ 10″ (Top Partition)
1 – 1×16 @ 15 3/4″ (Back – adjust if your 1x8s are narrower width)
1 – 1×16 @ 12 3/4″ (Top)
1 – 1×16 @ 30″ (Bottom Shelf)
4 – 2×2 @ 5 1/4″ (Leg
Screw the middle shelf to the bottom partition with 2″ screws and glue. Predrill your holes with a countersink bit.
Top Partition. If you have a Kreg Jig™, drill pocket holes and attach. Otherwise, carefully use your countersink drill bit to drill pilot holes at angles, then screw small partition to middle shelf. You don’t need much support here – glue and being attached on the top and back side will be lots of support.
Back. The back should fit perfectly on the middle shelf and partitions. Predrill holes and attach with 2″ screws and glue.
Top. Attach the top with 2″ screws and glue.
Legs. With glue, only one screw is necessary. Predrill and countersink the screws.
Assembly. Now simply screw the base to the bottom shelf.