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Check it out, it’s got Cup Holders! – A Tight corner Nightstand Fix

The layout of our bedroom is a bit too narrow for a nightstand on either side.  We had a black shelf that Beth scored on clearance for $3 at Target that was already in place.  It was mounted on a black painted 2×1 that was screwed into studs on the wall (because, surprise, the hanger on the shelf didn’t match the stud spacing.  Where are designer’s heads?)  Previous to the headboard,  a second shelf was notched into the corner behind it on the adjoining wall creating an L shape.  It was just large enough for a cell phone and glasses.

Early Stages of our Bedroom @ BandBBuildAlife.com
Early Stages of our Bedroom @ BandBBuildAlife.com

But when we installed our headboard, the L shelf needed to go, but Beth still needed a spot for a glass of water and her phone charger, and maybe a book or magazine.  So, I decided to extend a piece from one of the shelves to create a cup holder that would blend in with the line of the shelf and still be functional for her.

Headboard
DORMIR looks pretty good next to her brother, RASTafari, don’t ya think?

I measured the depth of the shelf and the distance left exposed on the 2×1, then cut a piece of scrap to fit.  I grabbed a tumbler from the kitchen and picked the level that I thought would best wedge into the holder, then measured its circumference with a string.  I calculated the diameter, but could not find a hole saw bit that was small enough
or a spade bit that was large enough.

Cup Holder night stand shelf @ BandBBuildAlife.com

I eventually resigned myself to drawing the circular size on the workpiece with an engineer’s stencil in pencil and, lacking a scroll saw, cutting it straight in half with a band saw (left to right wise, looking at the final product).  I removed the rest of the material with the band saw and joined the two pieces back together with wood glue.  Before anything else, I had used a pocket hole jig to drill pocket holes in what would become the back of the piece for mounting on the 2×1 board.

Cup Holder night stand shelf @ BandBBuildAlife.com

After some spray paint, it was fastened nicely in place with a pair of screws and fit just fine on the first try, which is the real achievement here.  The glued joint has held up fine as well.

Cup Holder Close-up @ BandBBuildAlife.com

A few screws underneath to hold a clear acrylic magazine rack below were all that was needed to finish this little life hack.  Now Beth has a place for her side of the bed too.

Cup Holder night stand shelf @ BandBBuildAlife.com

Have you had your hands on any power tools lately?  What projects are you hoping to get done before winter’s here?

~ Bill

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