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Build a useful multipupose bed table out of cardboard
This bed table is:

- a tablet stand
- a laptop tray
- a cellphone holder
- a pencil holder
- a glass and bottle holder
- a anything-you-want holder!

So let's say that this is a 5 in 1 tray!

The top layer of the tray is also removable. This way you can lay it on the table and have a perfect stand for tablets.

You can make all of this reusing some cardboard in a day! Isn't it great? ;)

Posted by lindarose92 from Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy • Published See lindarose92's 9 projects »
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  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 1
    Step 1

    Divide your cardboard tube into 4 equal sections of 25cm (9.84 inches).

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut each section using a jigsaw or a circular saw. These will be the feet for your table.

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 3
    Step 3

    I decided to paint mine in white because they had dark signs on them, but you are free to leave the natural color of cardboard too.

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now cut 2 equal rectangles out of cardboard. Make them 58 x 30 cm (22.83 x 11.81 inches) big.

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 5
    Step 5

    Use a drill and hole cutter to cut 4 big holes on the angles of the cardboard rectangles, at 2 cm (0.78 inches) from the borders. The hole cutters must be as big as your cardboard tube's diameter.

    Do this on both rectangles.

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut 8 cardboard discs using a smaller hole cutter. This hole cutter must be as big as the inside of your tubes.

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cut 8 circles out of paper as big as the cardboard discs and glue them on the discs.

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 8
    Step 8

    Apply white glue all around the discs and insert one in each of the 4 tubes. Don't push them down too much, the discs must be at the same level as the tube's border. These are the bottoms of your tubes/feet.

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 9
    Step 9

    Each tube will contain something, so make a sign on them, starting from the top, measuring how deep you want the containers to be.

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 10
    Step 10

    Insert the 4 remaining discs inside the tubes, pushing them until they reach the level of the signs you made. Of course, apply glue on these discs too.

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 11
    Step 11

    Draw and cut out the strip that will hold the tablet on the upper part of one of the cardboard rectangles. The strip needs to be 2cm (0.78 inches) thick and as long as your tablet's length.

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 12
    Step 12

    Place the rectangle on the other one, making sure that the round holes match perfectly, and draw a small section in the middle of the strip (on the second rectangle).

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 13
    Step 13

    Cut that small section out. This is the hole where the tablet's cable will pass through.

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 14
    Step 14

    Now draw and cut a smaller strip of 6x2cm (2.36 x 0.78 inches) at about 2cm from the right side of the first rectangle.

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 15
    Step 15

    Do the same on the left side. These are the handles that will help you lifting up the tray from the rest of the table.

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 16
    Step 16

    Draw a big rectangle - 30x10cm (11.81 x 3.93 inches) - in the middle of the second cardboard rectangle. Draw a grid in it with the lines at 2cm (0.78 inches) from each other.

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 17
    Step 17

    Make holes wherever the lines intersect, using a long needle or scratch awl.

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 18
    Step 18

    When you are done, enlarge each of them using a screwdriver or pencil (or anything similar).

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 19
    Step 19

    This will be the part of the table for your laptop!

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 20
    Step 20

    Now insert the top of the tubes from the back of the second rectangle's holes.

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 21
    Step 21

    Apply glue on the tubes, close to where the cardboard rectangle is.

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 22
    Step 22

    Lay the table on its feet and push down the rectangle a little, leaving 1,5 cm (0.59 inches) free from the top of the tubes. This measure is the size of the 3 layers cardboard.

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 23
    Step 23

    Insert the second rectangle on top of the tubes, right on the free space you left, and push it down until both rectangles touch each other and the one at the top is at the same level as the top of the tubes.

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 24
    Step 24

    Your bed table is done! You can use the top layer as a stand for your tablet, the second layer as a table for your laptop, while using the tubes as containers for different things: glass, bottle, pens and cellphone!

  • How to make a recycled table. Multipurpose Bed Table - Step 25
    Step 25

    The top layer can be removed from this bed table and placed on any other surface to be used as a simple tablet stand!

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BarryBelcher
BarryBelcher · Atlanta, Georgia, US · 54 projects
SO cute
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stephanie
stephanie · Auckland, Auckland, NZ
You are a genius! I might give this a go in the weekend!
lindarose92
lindarose92 · Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, IT · 11 projects
Thank you so much! Let me know how it turns out Happy
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Ricardo Ozório
Ricardo Ozório
Muito legal esta mesa de papelão. Show. Parabéns
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