Build an easy pipe bed tray!
Every morning, I glance outside, stretch, then reach for my iPhone. Checking the time, I quickly scroll through a few quick things online, then begin my day.
However every evening, I always wish I had my laptop nearby. But with nothing to put it on, I’ve never bothered… until now!
Building an easy pipe bed tray with tons of rustic farmhouse charm was just what I needed!
Here’s how I did it:
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Build an easy pipe bed tray!
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Bed tray supplies:
Reclaimed wood (I repurposed wood from a DIY gate I made HERE)
Cordless drill and screws
How to design a bed tray
1.Decide the size of your tray based on how you desire to use it.
I placed my laptop on top of the wood to get an idea on the size of my own.
My finished tray size ended up being 36″ x 16.
2. Cut the boards to desired lengths, creating a base and two side support boards. (as shown above)
Length of my boards – 36″ / support boards – 14″
Assembling the bed tray
3) Screw the boards together.
I flipped the works upside down and attached screws from the bottom so they didn’t show when uprighted again. Just make sure the screws aren’t too long to protrude through the support boards!
Attaching pipe handles and legs
4) Select pipe fittings to create 4 legs and 2 handles.
This was a little like playing blocks. You mix and match the sizes and pieces you need. And to shake things up, I chose a mix of black and galvanized finishes.
I basically sit on the floor of the hardware store and assemble until I’m happy.
The handles were ½” fittings and the legs, ¾”. I believe the legs are 6″ long. They were the perfect height!
Creating pipe handles
5. With pipes already assembled together, attach them through the flanges to the boards as shown above.
The tray was first flipped upside down, as I attached the legs on all four corners. Then the tray was uprighted, attaching the two handles to the support planks. So simple!
The pipes really do all the work for you!
If your reclaimed wood is fairly old, you may find pre-drilling holes helpful to avoid splitting the wood as you attach the pipes.
The bed received a new light fluffing too. With all white pillows and quilt (I already had), the crisp laundry off the line look was ready to chime in spring!
The finished pipe handled bed tray or serving tray!
And the pipe handled bed tray was ready for fun!
Whether that be a beverage, internet scrolling or movie watching, or perhaps even writing… so many options!
The legs come in especially handy so you can stretch out your legs while scooting the serving tray up close to you! Just like a real deal bed tray.
Or you can even remove the legs and use it as a standard serving tray too!
A touch of colour with bright spring blooms and a pretty mug was the perfect finishing touch. It wasn’t that long ago that I had the sniffles and went to bed for a midday nap. I was so wishing for something to put a nice mug of soup on, or the laptop. And now I have it!
And the odd evening my son
hogs gets the TV, it would be so nice to watch Netflix from the comforts of my covers.
I am just beyond thrilled this tray has finally happened!
Just note, there is weight to this tray from all the pipes. But that makes it nice and sturdy, which I love.
Preparing for cold season
Since I was somewhat preparing for future sniffles when making this tray, I also picked up some sugar free Black Cherry HALLS® on my hardware run. I always like to have a stash of soothing drops for when the cough and sore throat hits.
There’s nothing worse than having to think of these things when you should be enjoying your puffy white pillows and pipe handled bed tray! 🙂
I actually had no idea there were so many flavours! I’m on the lookout for the sugar free Breezers non mentholated drops.
You know… for when you still enjoy your coffee when you shouldn’t be drinking it. 🙂 I did really like the Kiwi Apple flavour though!
Dare I even wish that I had the sniffles JUST enough to need to enjoy this little slice of heaven? I think I’ll just encourage my boy to hog the TV this weekend. Works for me!
Fun tray, isn’t it? Think you’ll give this pipe handled bed tray or serving idea a go yourself?
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