How to Build a Side Table
Build this sturdy Arts and Crafts–style stand from stock lumber—you can even customize its height to fit alongside your existing seating or square up the angles for a more modern look
Butch and Sundance. Bonnie and Clyde. Starsky and Hutch. Like any memorable duo, an armchair is lost without a tag-along table as a sidekick. Fulfilling both form and function, a side table makes for a nice pairing and serves as a great place to set your drink. And a table like the one at right, which cloaks Arts and Crafts bones in an unexpected color, bucks tradition in favor of a fresh look that fits right in with any setting. A slew of retailers offer premade options along these lines, but the tables are also available in myriad styles and finishes. Or if you'd rather do it yourself, no problem: For under $100, you can easily cut and assemble one of your own, as you can see on the following page. Whichever choice you make, you're sure to appreciate not having to hold your drink in your lap.
Shown: Whitewood Bomby Tall Unfinished End Table by International Concepts, $130; coffeetablesandendtables.com
Paint: Benjamin Moore's Avon Green (HC-126), $10 per quart