Learn easy methods to construct a multipurpose aspect desk. This desk can be utilized as a aspect desk and likewise as a piece desk. It’s additionally an effective way to cover issues like a handheld vacuum, phone, and many others..

How to build a $20 Multipurpose Side Table.

Just a few years in the past I gave my front room a fast and simple makeover. I actually cherished the stack of suitcases I had within the nook. However, it wasn’t very handy as a aspect desk.

I changed the suitcases by a small picket chair my grandmother gave me. It made an important aspect desk although it was just a little low. It didn’t cover my handheld vacuum although, which to me is an eye fixed sore.

$20 DIY Decor

This month’s At Home DIY Challenge: $20 DIY Decor

I’m taking part in a 12 months lengthy DIY problem with a superb group of DIY bloggers. Every month we have now a brand new problem. Last month’s problem was What Can I Build with 2x4s, my mission was easy methods to construct a 2×Four out of doors bar desk. At the underside of this put up you’ll discover a assortment of $20 DIY Decor initiatives.

I had no thought what I used to be going to do with this problem. I saved considering and nothing was coming to me. I even requested my fellow At Home DIY blogger associates what they have been doing. They all had nice initiatives they have been engaged on.

I used to be sitting on the sofa speaking with my daughter when an thought hit me! As I used to be speaking to her, she reached all the way down to the little chair to seize her glass of water… and increase I knew what I used to be going to do! 

Build a aspect desk!

I began brainstorming straight away with my husband and he was utterly on board!

How to build a $20 Multipurpose Side Table.

DIY Side Table

We have 4 targets with this DIY aspect desk.

Goal 1: Build a aspect desk. Pretty apparent, proper?! Hehe

Goal 2: Big sufficient that we are able to use it as a piece desk.

Goal 3: That we are able to cover undesirable issues from view.

Goal 4: Build it for $20.

Now let’s see if we are able to attain these targets!

How to Build a Multipurpose Side Table


  • 1x Hobbyboard 16″ x 48″ (11/16″ thick)
  • 2″x2″ Four foot lengthy
  • Screws
  • Stain, varnish or paint


  • Miter noticed
  • Table noticed
  • Kreg Jig
  • Drill
  • Tape measure
  • Square

Cut listing:

Please observe that these measurements are based mostly on our wants. You’ll have to change the measurements based mostly on what you want to your house.

  • 2x 24″x14″
  • 2x 2″x2″ lower to 23¼″ lengthy
  • 1x 12”x2” (scrap wooden from the Hobbyboard)

In case you might be questioning what a Hobbyboard is, it’s spruce panels which are edge-glued collectively. They are available numerous sizes and an ideal for DIY initiatives. We used it to make closet shelving and to make a nightstand. Of course it’s also possible to make your individual extensive board through the use of a biscuit joiner to hitch boards collectively.

This is a hobbyboard.


Step 1: We began off by making a line at 24″ on the Hobbyboard.

Measure hobbyboard before cutting.
Use a carpenter square to make a straight line.
Hobbyboard with pencil line.

Step 2: Using our miter noticed we lower the Hobbyboard alongside the road.

Using a miter saw to cut hobbyboard.

Step 3: We lower the two items 2″x2″ at 23¼″ lengthy with the miter noticed.

Measuring a 2x2 to cut.
Cuting a 2x2 with a miter saw.

Step 4: We used our desk noticed to trim 2″ off the one aspect of every piece of Hobbyboard in order that they might be 14″ as an alternative of 16″.

Using a table saw to a hobbyboard.
How to use a table saw.

Here are the legs, the highest, and the entrance items all lower and able to go:

Multipurpose side table pieces.

Step 5: We took one the items of scrap wooden from the Hobbyboard and lower it all the way down to 12″ utilizing our miter noticed. The piece measured 12″x2″ after we have been achieved.

Inside support of the side table.

Step 6: We used the Kreg Jig to make Three pocket holes on the piece of 12″x2″.

How to make pocket holes in support piece.
Support piece with pocket holes.

Step 7: We positioned the 12″x2″ centered on the again aspect of the small fringe of one of many 24″x14″. 3/4″ from the entrance and 1″ from every edge. We mounted the 2 items collectively by pre-drilling holes after which including 4x 1¼″ screws.

Placement of the support piece.
Pre-drill holes before adding screws.
Fastening support to side table with screws.
Support attached.

Step 8: Next we moved on to the two″x2″s. We made two pocket holes on the underside edge of every 2″x2″ with the Kreg Jig.

Making pocket holes to table legs with a Kreg Jig.

Step 9: We mounted the two″x2″s on the corners of the small fringe of the opposite piece of 24″x14″ with 1¼″ screws.

Placement of the table legs.
Attaching legs with screws.
Table legs attached to the bottom of the side table.

Step 10: Time to complete the aspect desk. To accomplish that, we positioned the aspect of the 24″x14″ with the 12″x2″ on the other finish of the of the legs. We connected them collectively by drilling 1¼″ screws into the three pocket holes. (We each held the items tight as we drilled. It’s most likely a good suggestion to make use of a giant f clamp as an alternative. hehe)

Assembling the multipurpose side table.
Aligning the pieces together.
Fastening with screws.
Inside view of the side table.


DIY Multipurpose Side Table

DIY Multipurpose side table.

Here is the multipurpose aspect desk all arrange in our front room.

DIY $20 multipurpose side table.
Simple modern style side table.
DIY $20 side table.
DIY multipurpose side table.
DIY Laptop Table built for $20.

Does it look nice?

It’s actually the right aspect desk for us!

And I like the floor house, there’s loads of room for a laptop computer. It may even be used as a TV desk.

We haven’t put a end on it but as we aren’t positive if we are going to varnish it, stain it or paint it. Right now I just like the pure tone, so maybe we are going to varnish it.

P.S. See that wooden wall sconce subsequent to my mirror? We made these and it value lower than $20 to make two!

Oh and it met all out Four targets! It value us $20! The Hobbyboard prices rather less than $20 (Canadian funds) and we had the 2x2s left over from the nightstand we made. Woot Woot!!

We could make a second too and perhaps we are going to add a shelf beneath to retailer coasters, remotes, and many others.. issues that don’t have to be on the floor of the aspect desk on a regular basis.

Looking on the wall subsequent to the multipurpose aspect desk makes me notice I ought to most likely cling one thing on wall. Maybe I’ll put my diamond formed wooden and mosaic wall artwork again up, or maybe make cute picture clipboards.

$20 DIY Decor Challenge

Ready to see everybody’s mission for this month’s theme: $20 DIY Decor Challenge

At Home DIY participant

Aren’t they nice initiatives? Which is your favourite $20 DIY Decor mission?

How to construct a multipurpose aspect desk

How to build a multipurpose side table for your living room.
How to build a $20 Multipurpose Side Table.

Have you ever constructed a decor piece for $20 or much less? We made my daughter a headboard for round $5 utilizing issues we had within the storage. It turned out superior!

Have an important day!