GLBT AMERICA Interior Interior designer reveals how to make an intriguing book side table – here’s how you can do it too

Interior designer reveals how to make an intriguing book side table – here’s how you can do it too

Interior designer reveals how to make a decorative side table made out of your favourite novels

  • A DIY pro has shared how to make a stunning side table filled with books
  • Becky Wright said the project took 12 hours to complete and cost just over $500
  • She used MDF boards, nails, sand paper, a drill and machinery
  • Millions admired the table after the end result was shared in a TikTok video 










An interior designer has shared a step-by-step guide outlining how she built a unique side table filled with books.

Co-founder of online platform ‘The Sorry Girls’ Becky Wright captured the attention of thousands online with her ‘book table’ that was inspired by images seen on Pinterest.

Unlike a standard side table that stores books on top, the clever design incorporates the books inside the table.

The DIY project took approximately 12 hours to make using MDF boards, nails, a drill, sand paper and machinery used to cut the separate pieces of wood to precisely match the size of each book.

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Co-founder of online platform ‘The Sorry Girls’, Becky Wright, detailed how she built a unique side table made for containing books (pictured) 

Unlike a standard side table that stores books on top, the clever design incorporates the books inside the table

Unlike a standard side table that stores books on top, the clever design incorporates the books inside the table

To start Becky, from Canada, gathered the books she wanted to use in the table and measured the size of each one on the MDF pieces.

The size of the slits will vary depending which books you use, and for best results it would be ideal to use long books that slightly differ in size.

‘After cutting out all the ‘book sections’ I was left with these L shaped pieces of MDF to line up with one another,’ Becky wrote on The Sorry Girls’ blog.

The DIY project took approximately 12 hours to make using MDF boards, nails, a drill, sand paper and machinery used to cut the separate pieces of wood to precisely match the size of each book

As outlined on The Sorry Girls' blog, Becky began by measuring the books against the MDF boards then cutting each piece to shape

The DIY project took approximately 12 hours to make using MDF boards, nails, a drill, sand paper and machinery used to cut the separate pieces of wood to precisely match the size of each book

The multiple pieces of MDF were then aligned from bottom to top and clamped together to hold in place.

Next, using a long drill bit, she drilled a couple holes across all the pieces to attach them together.

‘Once the holes were drilled all the way through every piece, I used some threaded rods and connector half nuts to secure all the pieces together,’ she said.

‘Next, I gave it a light sand and it was done!’

The project cost $554AUD and the end result looked incredible.

'After cutting out all the 'book sections' I was left with these L shaped pieces of MDF to line up with one another,' Becky wrote on The Sorry Girls' blog

‘After cutting out all the ‘book sections’ I was left with these L shaped pieces of MDF to line up with one another,’ Becky wrote on The Sorry Girls’ blog

'Once the holes were drilled all the way through every piece, I used some threaded rods and connector half nuts to secure all the pieces together,' she said

Afteer drilling the pieces in place, the table was sanded back

‘Once the holes were drilled all the way through every piece, I used some threaded rods and connector half nuts to secure all the pieces together,’ she said

The project cost $500 Canadian dollars / $554 AUD and the end result looked incredible

The project cost $500 Canadian dollars / $554 AUD and the end result looked incredible

After three days of sharing a video on TikTok admiring the DIY, the clip went viral and was watched a staggering 11million times. 

‘Trust the process,’ read the caption. 

Others quickly dubbed the design as ‘one of the best project’ The Sorry Girls have ever done.  

‘Oh no way this is SO COOL!’ one person wrote, another added: ‘THIS. I’m doing this, I love it!!!’ 

‘Omg I can’t imagine how much measuring you had to do. This is so amazing,’ a third wrote.

The entire step-by-step process can be watched on The Sorry Girls’ YouTube channel here.  

WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE THE BOOK TABLE

The books you would like to store in the table

MDF boards cut to size 

Pencil

2 G-clamps

A drill and nails

A long drill bit  

Machinery to cut the MDF precisely – or could be done at Bunnings Warehouse

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