DIY plywood bedside shelves with Gorilla Glue

DIY plywood bedroom shelves | Growing Spaces

Since we swapped our old double bed in the guest room for a Hemnes daybed from Ikea to free up some floor space, we’ve needed to come up with a bedside table solution. The drawers pull out to turn the single bed into a double, but once we’ve done that there isn’t space for a bedside table between the bed and doorway, so we decided a wall-mounted option was our best bet. We chose our favourite DIY material, plywood, swapped our usual drill for Gorilla Wood Glue, and got building.

DIY plywood bedside shelf | Growing Spaces

I sketched out a super-simple design for a wall-mounted bedside shelf – it was made up of just four pieces of plywood (dimensions above) and then all we needed was a bottle of the wood glue to assemble it.

DIY plywood bedside shelf | Growing Spaces


  1. Apply  glue down one long edge of the side panel (500mm x 100mm) and position it lining up to the left edge of the back panel (500mm x 400mm). Clamp in place.
  2. Take the longer of the two shelves (400mm x 100mm), apply glue along one long edge and one short edge and press it into the corner between the side and back panels, a third of the way up from the bottom of the back panel.
  3. Repeat with the short shelf (200mm x 100mm), and glue a third of the way from the top of the back panel.
  4. Place a large, flat piece of board on top of the whole unit, and weigh down with heavy objects for at least 30 minutes (or in my case, while I watched a whole episode of Game of Thrones) until the glue has set.

DIY plywood bedside shelf | Growing Spaces

DIY plywood bedside shelf | Growing Spaces

The shelves felt good and solid – a little of the excess glue was visible on a couple of the edges, but it had set clear, not the orange colour you usually get with wood glue. I fixed the shelf to the wall using Gorilla Heavy Duty Mounting Tape. Don’t use this if you want to remove the object any time soon – this mounting tape is so strong my shelves are fixed there for good. I’ll admit that this was probably a bit of an OTT solution, but I always like a shortcut, and it saved having to go and get the drill. .

DIY plywood bedside shelf | Growing Spaces

DIY plywood bedside shelf | Growing Spaces

DIY plywood bedside shelf | Growing Spaces

DIY plywood bedside shelves | Growing Spaces

Please do come back in a couple of days when I’ll share the second of our DIY projects with Gorilla Glue. I’m just waiting for it to stop raining so I can take some photographs (yep, it’s a garden project)..


Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Gorilla Glue, but all content and opinions are my own


1 Comment

  1. July 22, 2020 / 10:05 am

    Vaya, justo necesito algo parecido para la entrada de la casa, y el poder realizarlo sin tener realizar agujeros me ha terminado de animar.

    Muchas gracias!!

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