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DIY Mid Century Modern Side Table

Here’s how to build a DIY midcentury modern style side table that works perfectly in a living room or as bedside tables!

You know that old, mismatched side tables just weren’t going to work in a newly renovated guest bedroom. We wanted matching tables that also matched the stain colors of our triangle brackets and bookshelf above the bed.

This DIY mid century modern side table is easy to reconstruct using the instructions in this post and with our woodworking plans, but let’s dive into some of the details!

In case you missed it, check out the guest bedroom design plan here!

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Mid Century Modern Side Tables

We constructed these tables with custom cuts and broke it down into three pieces: frame, top, and shelf.

This side table looks great next to our coastal console table and modern platform bed!

Link to purchase plans for table

Step one: build the top

The top was easy after making the cuts first. We drilled pocket holes and attached the pieces flush together.

Here’s more information on how to make a tabletop with pocket holes!

Then we added a nice element and ran a router around the bottom edge to add a nice touch. This just makes it a little more interesting and less basic.

DIY Mid Century Modern Side Table - Charleston Crafted

Step two: build the lower shelf

We did the same thing for the shelf, creating pocket holes to attach the boards together, but we didn’t route the edge.

Step three: build the sides

Then we created the frame. The frame is simple when you realize it’s just two A-frames attached with four boards.

We built these with a slight taper on the legs and a 10 degree angle on the boards so that it would have the angled look of a midcentury piece of furniture.

DIY Mid Century Modern Side Table - Charleston Crafted

Step four: connect base frame

With the two side frames constructed, we just had to attach them together with two straight boards at the top and two at the bottom where the shelf would go.

These were also connected with pocket holes, but they were straight end cuts to hold the two pieces together.

Then, the shelf sits on the lower level and the top sits, well, on the top.

We used glue to attach the shelf and top so that there weren’t any nail holes showing. Clamping them down keeps them sturdy and eliminates being able to see any screw or nail holes.

DIY Mid Century Modern Side Table - Charleston Crafted

Step five: hardware

We decided to add a pull that was leftover from our kitchen cabinets to add a nice metal element. It obviously serves not structural or functional purpose, but we thought it looked nice.

DIY Mid Century Modern Side Table - Charleston Crafted

Step six: adding custom logo

The final touch was to claim this DIY mid century modern side table as our own. To do this, we used our Gearheart Industry electric branding iron.

We wrote about how much we liked this a few months ago and have been branding every woodworking project since then.

We love the Gearheart electric branding iron because of how custom it makes all of our pieces.

The iron is so simple to use (plug it in and wait 10 minutes, then press it onto your piece) that we can fire it up for all our projects. We done this on several pieces we’ve sold lately so that our name gets out there, but we still want to brand things in our own home.

We pressed the brand up against the wood surface for about two seconds and it left a beautiful imprint of our Charleston Crafted logo.

Remember that if you’re interested in a branding iron for your logo or other graphic, you can work with Gearheart to make it custom using their online tools. It’s a simple process with amazing results.

DIY midcentury modern side table woodworking plans

Each DIY mid century modern side table looks amazing in this space and really brings out the natural and modern look to the space!

These came out better than we could have expected and we want to share the design with you!

Link to purchase plans for table

We created printable PDF woodworking plans that you can follow to build these for yourself. Our plans come with a material list, cut list and step-by-step instructions to get you through the process.

Build these for yourself and enjoy them every day!

Interested in the Kreg Jig? Click here to read our full Kreg Jig review and to see all of our Kreg Jig projects.

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DIY Mid Century Modern Side Table - Charleston Crafted
Yield: 1 side table

DIY Mid Century Modern Side Table

Prep Time: 1 hour
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty: Medium
Estimated Cost: $10-50

A DIY mid century modern side table will add a beautiful aesthetic to your room and provide great functionality.


  • 40' 1"x4" boards
  • 1 1/4" Kreg pocket screws
  • Wood glue
  • Stain


  1. Start by making the following cuts listed in the plans.
  2. Drill pocket holes on both ends of the Sides, Upper Leg Supports and Lower Leg Supports.
  3. Attach all of the Top Boards together with pocket holes or wood glue.
  4. Attach all of the Shelf Boards together with pocket holes or wood glue.
  5. Create two A-frame leg sides by attaching the Upper Leg Supports flush with the top (2" side) of the Legs. Then attach the Lower Leg Supports to the legs where they fit flush.
  6. Use the Side pieces to attach the two A-frame legs together, using them flush with the supports.
  7. Attach the Shelf to the lower supports and the Top to the upper supports using glue and clamps.
  8. Add any paint, stain or decorative hardware as you so please.

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This post was sponsored by Gearheart Industry. All opinions are our own and our opinion is that we love our custom branding iron from Gearheart Industry. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Charleston Crafted possible!

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