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Get the Look | A Desk Side Table

Great idea for kids' bedrooms - a desk that doubles as a night stand {made from a console table}

If you have been following along on Pinterest, you may have noticed that one trend I’m loving is a desk that doubles as a side table! It’s functional & beautiful, especially for guest bedrooms, children’s bedrooms & weekend getaways. These are just a couple of my favorites:

Bedroom designed by Lauren Liess in Domino Magazine - the side table doubles as a desk

Isn’t this bedroom designed by Lauren Liess everything?

Side table that doubles as a desk for a guest bedroom

Since my little girl is growing up & ready for both a night stand & desk, I decided to find a piece that would serve both purposes. After furniture shopping, I realized I needed to look to an alternative. I wasn’t quite prepared to pay $600 for a piece of furniture for a child’s bedroom, even if it does double duty. If you have seen Isla & Ani’s cribs, you’d know why! These from RH Baby & Child are gorgeous…



I considered Craigslist, but didn’t find any pieces I loved & was worried Chris wouldn’t be pleased if I brought home yet another piece of furniture that needed to be painted! I thought about what I loved about these pieces & realized they’re similar to console tables! I found a console table at HomeGoods for just $119 & with a smile, asked Chris how much effort it would be to make it shorter. “Not much” he said as I took a breath in relief.

Great idea for small spaces - a desk that doubles as a night stand

To tailor a console table {or any piece of wood furniture}:

Measure the height you want (in our case, it was 3″. I referred to other children’s desks to determine height).

Using blue painter’s tape, tape the legs where you measured to prevent splintering/chips. (You should be cutting through the tape later)

Remeasure & mark your height drawing a level line, on the tape.

Using a circular saw, slowly cut along the line. Remove tape.

Create a side table desk from a console table - a clever use of space to have a desk double as a night stand

There’s still a lot of “touch up” to do to this room, but we’ve come a long way!

Great idea for kids' bedrooms - a desk that doubles as a night stand {made from a console table}

Do you have a piece of furniture you love that serves multiple purposes?


9 comments on “Get the Look | A Desk Side Table”

  1. I love this idea! I did the same thing in my daughter’s room last year. I found a vanity/desk at a garage sale and paid $25 for it. My husband and I changed the fabric on the chair for her and she sits there all the time!

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  3. I just love, love the light fixture. It is simply gorgeous and exactly what I’ve been looking for!! I’ve been looking for a classic, gorgeous light for 3 years!! Do you mind sharing the source? Thanks so much!

    • Craigslist – I see them all the time. Search brass chandelier or brass crystal. Asking price varies significantly, but I wouldn’t pay more than $250. I paid $200 for this one. You can also set a craigslist alert so that when one pops up, you’ll know! Happy hunting!

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  5. I’d like to know what pale pink paint color that is on the desk chair. Thank you.

    • I wish I could help you, it’s Pottery Barn Kids. You might be able to get a wood sample from them and take it to a paint store for a color match.

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