our my parents summer weekend lakeside getaway home, my husband and I share a small bedroom that only has room on 1 side of the bed for a nightstand.
And, it’s not my side of the bed.
I take a sip of water every time I wake up throughout the night. So for years, I’ve spent summer weekends with my water bottle on the floor next to the bed. Right alongside my charging cell phone that I glance at to check the time each time I wake up.
….Which is a lot, since we share this small room with our dog who, while at the lake, isn’t fond of sleeping because ALL she wants to do is go outside and swim in the lake. Regardless of what time it is.
Since there wasn’t room for a side table to hold my drink and cell phone clock, I decided the solution was a floating shelf.
This project was *so* easy to make, and it’s already brought me so much happiness!
Here’s how we made our floating bedside phone ledge:
Use wood to create a rectangle frame. Then, create a slightly bigger sleeve that can slide over the frame once it’s mounted to the wall (basically a rectangular box with 1 side missing).
Once the sleeve was painted black (to match the bed and wall mirror it is nudged between), we drilled some holes in the frame where it would be screwed into the wall.
Using a laser level to ensure our floating ledge would be straight, we marked and drilled 3 holes in the wall where we planned to install the frame.
Once we added some anchors, we screwed the shelf into place.
Next, we just slid the sleeve part right over the frame, and ta-da!
It’s the perfect size for the space and has room to hold me 3 night-time essentials: water, Chapstick and my phone.