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Space Saving Side Tables For Small Spaces

Small spaces can be challenging when trying to add storage or arrange furniture.  Sometimes you have to think outside the box when it comes to furniture and furniture placement.  So what do you do to make room for side tables in a small space?  Read on to see how I solved the problem with DIY space saving side tables.

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Easy DIY project making space saving side tables from vintage ammo boxes.

I searched high and low for tables that were small enough for this space, but none of them felt right.  I even tried a small chair at one point.  Then I happened upon the vintage ammo crates the hubby had stashed in the garage.  They were PERFECT!

Easy DIY project making space saving side tables from vintage ammo boxes.

I started with two ammo boxes that were two totally different colors, so I stained one hoping that they would match.  They don’t match exactly, but I like the difference in the finishes.  I used Minwax stain in dark walnut and once that was dry I put 2 coats of lacquer to give it shine and bring out the grain of the wood.

Easy DIY project making space saving side tables from vintage ammo boxes.Then this project sat, waiting for my hubby to put them up in the guest room….for a few weeks, lol!  Our guest room is small, about 10×12, and it has a queen size bed in it.  Space is at a premium in there and traditional side tables would have taken up even more floor space.  By installing side tables on the wall it frees up floor space and makes the room seem bigger than it really is.

My hubby used a jack stand to install these side tables.  He is a genius!  He is just that kind of guy, always thinking.  It made this a one man installation!

Easy DIY project making space saving side tables from vintage ammo boxes.He found the studs by tapping the wall, I recommend using a stud finder.  This is a heavy crate, we didn’t  want it to fall off the wall so he attached it using 2 inch drywall screws pre drilling the holes through the crate and the wall.  Then I put in the cup hooks and chains to make the lid level.

And there you have it.  DIY side tables using wooden ammo crates.  I love that there are rope handles on each end and the latch hardware is still on them.  They can be closed and latched to get them out of the way and if I ever rearrange the room the crate that ends up not next to the bed can be used as a desk.  Win, win!

Easy DIY project making space saving side tables from vintage ammo boxes.

See all the room still open under the table?  It gives the illusion that the space is bigger than it really is.  Sometimes you just have to get creative when dealing with small spaces.

This room has undergone a renovation with the new room addition, we moved the window and repainted.  Little by little it is coming together.

After this project my hubby said he was going to teach me how to use the power tools because my projects are killing him, lol!  Look out world because I will be unstoppable using power tools!!

Side tables on the wall, yay or nay?  What solutions do you have for side tables in small spaces?  I would love to hear them in the comments below!

Until next time,



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    1. Thanks Courtney!! The original plan was to get hairpin legs for them, but then I saw a mounted table on one of the shows on HGTV and the lightbulb went off.

  1. Susanne, that’s a definite win!! Your tables are awesome and I love how they can be put up out of the way or brought down to use!! Great job as always!!

  2. This is such a cool idea and you did an amazing tutorial. I like the ammo boxes unfinished too. Who would have ever thought you could dress up something like that and make it look pretty? You sure did. We have explosives boxes here at our house that I’m always trying to do something with…..

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  3. In a million years I would never have thought of using an ammo crate for a side table. I love it.

  4. This is such a great project. I am redoing a small guestroom and have been painfully trying to find a small sidetable that I could attach to the wall. Love this idea.

  5. totally cool and love the look of these tables! thanks for the tute!

  6. Great idea for a small space! Super unique too. While I love them, I really love the before pics! I am the one who keeps everything as it is. I have yet to paint a piece. So I applaud those brave enough and you truly gave them new life!

    1. Thanks Debbie!! I thought about painting them, but the hubby would have had a stroke lol! so I just stained the lighter one so that it match better 😉

  7. Wow Susanne, I really love the rustic look of these ammo crates. They are big and very sturdy looking. The color just adds to the beauty of the crates. And your idea was brilliant. Why waste space on the floor when you can do that? I too have a thing about power tools, I’ve got to get the hubs to show me how to use them so I can get some work done around here. lol

    1. Thanks Mary! Aren’t they just the coolest things ever?!! And yes, they should show us how to use them, if not I am going to get on youtube, lol!

  8. Such a great idea!! So unique and great for storage as well! Ohhh and I LOVE your garden as well! You are one clever creative lady! Thank you so much for sharing over at Waste Not Wednesday and look forward to seeing what you have been up to this week ! 🙂

  9. OMG…this is such a clever idea and they look awesome. I think I might have an ammo crate buried in our garage and I just might have to dig it out now. Thanks for the inspiration and linking up with Waste Not Wednesday.

  10. Awesome project! pinned to share.

  11. I love this project such a great idea to have handy right next to the bed. Brilliant and a great idea for the future tiny home!

    1. Thank you Carole!! They would be great in a tiny home, they even still have the latches on them and can be closed up out of the way 🙂

  12. What an excellent idea. I like how you took a unique piece and made it into a table that is practical and stylish.

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