How to Build an Over-the-Bed Table

How to Build an Over-the-Bed Table.
An over-the-bed table is a rolling table used to eat, work or read on while in bed. In some ways, the table is similar to those used in hospitals. When not in use over the bed, the table is pushed to the foot of the bed and used as a side table. It reduces mess and discomfort caused by working or eating in bed.

Step 1

Cut the 1-by-12 piece of wood into 2 pieces. One piece should measure 3-feet long and the other should be 4-feet long.

Step 2

Sand the wood and its corners to smooth it out.

Step 3

Measure and mark the boards 4 inches from the end and in the center of the width of the board. Place the pipe cuffs around the marks in the center. Mark the screw placement with a pencil.

Step 4

Drill leader holes through each mark. Place the cuffs onto the holes and secure them to the wood with nuts and bolts. Screw the joint joiners on to the pipe cuffs.

Step 5

Attach the wheels to the bottom of the 4-foot board. Place the wheels 4 inches from the edge and 2 inches from each side. Drill leader holes and screw the wheels in place.

Step 6

Paint or stain the wood table.

Step 7

Place epoxy glue into the cuff on the bottom piece and insert the pipe into the cuff. Screw the tighter screws on the joiner to tighten it around the pipe. Add epoxy into the top cuff and place the top piece onto the pipe. Tighten the screws on the joiner.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • 1 1-by-12 inch board, cut 8-feet long
  • Saw
  • Sander
  • Drill
  • 2 pipe cuffs
  • Nuts
  • Bolts
  • 2 threaded joint joiners
  • Screws
  • 4 wheels
  • Paint or stain
  • 2-inch pipe, cut 2- to 3-feet long
  • Epoxy


  • Place weights or a heavy object on the bottom of the over-the-bed table for more stability.

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