Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New bedside "tables"

Our old bedside tables didn't fit in our new bedroom. Instead of looking for new ones, we decided to try a really simple option. We purchased some scrap wood from Ikea in the same finish as our bed and closets (they have scraps in the as-is section). Dustin cut some pieces to size and suspended them between our bed and our closets with framing angles (A-35s, in case anyone handy is reading).

Voila!

new side table
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The floating bookshelf is made by Umbra. We have a tendency to let stacks of books pile up next to the bed, and this is a sophisticated solution.

new side table
{new side table}

I'm really happy with the clean lines - it encourages me to keep my side neat. My clock is from the flea market and my lamp is an old one that we used to use in the lab.

32 comments:

  1. You guys are always so resourceful! This is such a great idea - I bet that piece of scrap wood was super cheap, too. I really love the floating bookshelf. It forces you to edit down so that you don't have books piling up to the ceiling, haha.

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  2. Love this! My fiance and I just purchased shelves from Ikea that we are going to float next to our bed as nightstands. Hope you are enjoying your new place.

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  3. What a way to style up such a small space! Bravo!

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  4. Love this idea! Must remember it... I have the urge to buy all kinds of furniture, but your resourcefulness is inspiring!

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  5. awesome! and i love your floating books!

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  6. that is so gorgeous! I absolutely love it, especially those floating shelfs. I have to get those when I move in May.

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  7. I like your bedside lamb. I've been looking for something small like that :)

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  8. Floating books is a really good idea. I've always got too much stuff on my side table so this is a great way to free up some space. I'm going to try it.

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  9. i adore this! i'm always looking for good side tables.

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  10. i'm so impressed...looks clean and chic. perfect for the bedroom.

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  11. I love the look! And I had NO idea IKEA sold scraps.

    Yours is a waaaaay less complicated bedside table solution than the one I came up with. Our garage is currently covered in sawdust with wood stacked up and waiting for assembly. (I've never built anything - without a lot of help from my dad - in my life, so I'm not that handy.)

    Also, I've been drooling over that floating Umbra shelf for years. I really need to just go buy a couple.

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  12. Very nice! I love your lamp!

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  13. That is a really cool idea.
    I am changing my room around this week after 2 years and it feels so new and strange, but I think its a good change.
    Bedside tables look so nice all clean and organized. It's the keeping them that way thats challenging.

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  14. mmmLOVE the floating shelf.

    and i too have finally figured out that it's a lost battle to keep books vertical on the nightstand. horizontal is the only way to go, as far as books AND husbands go, when bedside.

    teehee!

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  15. love the clean lines...that is how I want my bedside table to look but...

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  16. I love the floating bookshelf! What a great idea!

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  17. nice nice. I wish I could get my side of the bed to look that neat, my books are like rabbits, I swear they breed in the dark.

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  18. Love the suspended bookshelf... I have an ever growing pile on my nightstand as we speak.

    I've been looking for a chic alarm clock and haven't been able to find one... My digital monstrosity is an eyesore. Maybe I should start combing the flea markets!

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  19. Marvelous! Also, I love your neutral bedding. I'm always a fan of stripes. :)

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  20. Oh I love the floating book shelf and your new side tables, lovely!

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  21. That looks like a lovely + relaxing space. Floating bookshelves are a great idea.

    (longtime reader finally popping out of google reader to comment and say - love your blog!)

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  22. ooh! clever idea! although, much too small of a space for me -- i need big surfaces to load piles of crap on to, apparently... i try not to... alas, it is inevitable.

    take the current bedside table, for example, which i was going to try to keep as clutter-free as possible... currently housing a stack of 7+ magazines, 3 books, a small pile of mail, digital camera, notebook, highlighter and pen, remote, febreeze and a glass of wine. this table is small, mind you... :(

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  23. Hi
    Did you get the small or large size floating bookshelf? They look great!

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  24. @ Jo - We have the smaller size Umbra shelves. I didn't even know they made larger ones! We've actually had these for almost 4 years (embarrassing) and just finally got around to giving them a home.

    @ everyone, regarding bedside clutter - having the smaller space has made a huge difference! We used to have bedside tables and I would let mine get covered in junk. But this one is so small, and I love the way it looks, so I'm much more motivated to keep it clean all the time. In general, I have a waterglass there at night and I actually remember to pick it up and take it back to the kitchen every morning (unlike my previous bedside table where I would just let water glasses accumulate until I was finally forced to move them).

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  25. I got a few of them at Hipster Home in Philly

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