Weekend Projects: Easy-To-Make Corbel Bedside Tables

Spruce up your bedroom with easy-to-make decorative bedside tables. They take less than a weekend to make and cost less than $100 in materials.
WkndProj_05_Corbel-Table-Asset0114239_s4x3

WkndProj_05_Corbel-Table-Asset0114239_s4x3

To make this space-saving table, a store-bought corbel is topped off with plywood and decorative molding.

To make this space-saving table, a store-bought corbel is topped off with plywood and decorative molding.

Materials and Tools:

two corbels
thin molding
birch plywood
table or circular saw
wood glue
nail gun and nails
screw gun and screws

Steps:

1. Determine the size of the table, cut the plywood to that size for the tabletop. We made our table 10” x 12”.

WkndProj_05_Nailing-Corbel_s4x3

WkndProj_05_Nailing-Corbel_s4x3

2. Cover the exposed plywood edges with molding. Use wood glue and a nail gun to attach the molding. Only cover the front and two sides, the backside will be pressed against the wall.

3. Attach the corbel to the tabletop using wood glue and a nail gun.

4. Paint or stain the wood as desired and let it dry completely. We painted ours white.

WkndProj_05_Bed-After_s4x3

WkndProj_05_Bed-After_s4x3

5. If the corbel has a keyhole notch in the back, insert a screw into the wall so that you can slip the corbel onto the wall. If your table is wide, you may also have to hang a cleat on the wall to support the tabletop.

.

Next Up

How to Build a Contemporary-Style Bedside Table

Basic cabinet boxes are built then accented with an exotic hardwood to create high-end looking nightstands.

How-to: Botanical Print Nightstand

The DIY experts at HGTV Magazine recreated this flea market find. Here’s how you can, too.

Give Plain Nightstands Rustic Charm With Milk Paint

Give a thrifted vintage bedside table or nightstand the shabby chic look of a French antique with inexpensive milk paint and a few easy faux-finishing tricks.

Build a Bedside Table

This bedside-table project gives you three design options all based on the same basic construction plan. Just decide on a budget and choose a design to fit it.

How to Make a Studded Grass Cloth Table

Update your entryway with this chic project from HGTV Magazine.

Creative and Chic DIY Nightstands

Turn an unused table into a pair of stylish and useful nightstands with our easy-to-follow instructions.

Cottage-Style Nightstands

Give any nightstand a quick, cottage-style facelift with a fresh coat of paint and distressed finish.

Adding Molding to an Old Nightstand

Beef up old nightstands with molding, then repaint and top off with new hardware.

How to Turn Nightstands into a Vanity

Turn two old bedside tables into a brand new vanity for your bedroom.

Make a Soda Crate Table

Turn an old soda crate into a unique and completely customizable bedside table.

Go Shopping

Refresh your home with stylish products handpicked by HGTV editors.

Watch Live TV

Don't miss your favorite shows. Live stream HGTV now.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.