Easy DIY Side Table with Magazine Rack

Really easy-to-make DIY side table, mid-century modern style.

Learn how to make this easy, stylish side table.  I used a magazine rack as the base and added a painted pine board table top.


An easy DIY furniture project! Mid-Century Modern style side table with a magazine rack.
Easy DIY side table with magazine rack storage.

When I started thinking about this project, I knew I wanted something easy.  It’s spring cleaning time, and the grass is growing and needs mowing.  Also, I was away from home and the blog for a while, visiting my sister who is recovering from a medical situation.  And of course, my husband and kids always need tending to.  So I needed an easy project.  In fact, I like the idea of easy projects so much that I’m making a new category called “Easy.”  These will be projects that can be done fairly quickly and involve mainly painting/staining (as options to your taste) and assembling by screwing or hammering things together.

The Side Table with Magazine Rack project has three parts:

  • Choose and prepare the table top
  • Choose and prepare the magazine rack
  • Attach the table top to the magazine rack


Nightstand Made of Fiberboard Drawer Unit and Bamboo Legs

DIY nightstand made of fiberboard drawer unit and bamboo legs.

These bamboo legs are made from ordinary garden stakes.  I paired them with a fiberboard drawer unit to make a nightstand.

Another view of DIY nightstand made of fiberboard drawer unit and bamboo legs.
DIY bamboo furniture legs.

I bought this fiberboard drawer unit at the Container Store for about $20.  It’s designed as an organizer for papers.  You can find this type of drawer unit in different colors and patterns at many stores.  If you want something more durable, look for similar drawer units made of steel or wood.  The legs were made from bamboo garden stakes and cost less than a dollar each. (more…)