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Opinions please: Bedside tables

by Willeh
posted 02-15-2012 04:28 PM


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richgreer

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#1 posted 02-15-2012 04:38 PM

This has been an issue for me lately. I am building a set of night stands for my son and his girlfriend. I started with plans to make them 28” high. On our bed, that puts the night stands about an inch higher than the mattress.

My son reviewed my plans and asked me to shorten the stands to 24”. He comments that 24” will be below the height of their mattress which is what they want. Okay – I will do that – but it does not make sense to me.

In the middle of the night, I want to be able to look sideways and see the digital clock on the night stand. In my opinion, the night stand should be the same height as the mattress or slightly higher.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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crank49

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#2 posted 02-15-2012 04:47 PM

My experience tells me that if she wants it a particular height, then that better be the height it is.

My own opinion, which is worthless, is it should be about level.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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Zulu55

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#3 posted 02-15-2012 05:20 PM

lol at crank49! That sounds like it was taken from the “happy wife, happy life” book!

I agree with it being the same height as the mattress so that I can see the alarm clock while lying down (just like its been mentioned previously). I also think that if you look in a furniture shop, most all bedside tables seem to be made to match the height of the top of the mattress.

-- Adam - Langley, British Columbia (Canada)

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superstretch

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#4 posted 02-15-2012 05:26 PM

An inch above sounds perfect to me. By the time you get your head on a pillow, you’ll still be able to see the time, but won’t knock anything off with unintended flailing around.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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Willeh

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#5 posted 02-15-2012 05:26 PM

Crank49: You make a good point..

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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DS

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#6 posted 02-15-2012 06:23 PM

Yeah, to me, it sounded like a relationship issue more than a woodworking issue.

Sometimes you just gotta pick your battles.

P.S. if it doesn’t work out, you can cut the legs down an inch after the divorce! (j/k) ;-D

EDIT: Ok, I just want to apologize for that last remark. It was bad, I know. Sorry.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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bondogaposis

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#7 posted 02-15-2012 06:41 PM

Your wife is right. Aren’t they always? Get a projection clock that projects the time onto whatever surface is handy at any height including the ceiling.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Tyrone D

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#8 posted 02-15-2012 06:56 PM

I have my alarm clock on the other side of the room so I actually have to get up instead of turning it off then deciding, “Couple more minutes couldn’t hurt.” They always do.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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KenBry

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#9 posted 02-15-2012 07:14 PM

Put it at the level so you can roll over and read the alarm clock.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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David

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#10 posted 02-15-2012 07:31 PM

I would make something quick (ie plywood and 2×4s that you can test out the height with. Then adjust the height until she likes it.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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Willeh

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#11 posted 02-15-2012 07:40 PM

Seems like we’re a site full of men afraid of their wives! LOL. I take it that the majority support level with the bed.. I think asthetically that looks best when you walk into the room, so i’m leaning that way a bit..

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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Sawkerf

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#12 posted 02-15-2012 07:42 PM

My preference is +/- 1” of the matress height. I always read for a while before going to sleep and that height seems to work great for laying down my book and turning off the light while half asleep.

Back when I used alarm clocks (many years ago), I always put the alarm across the room so I had to get up to shut the damned thing off. Being able to hit the Snooze or Off button while snuggled under the covers was not a good thing. – lol

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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404 - Not Found

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#13 posted 02-15-2012 07:58 PM

Had the same issue myself, the bedside tables are higher than I wanted, but at the end of the day, it’s not a big issue, you get used to them.
Of course, you could always make them the height you want and say you got the measurements wrong.

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BTimmons

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#14 posted 02-15-2012 08:46 PM

We’re a site full of men afraid of our wives? Nope, you’re missing the point. All married men are afraid of their wives to some extent, I’m no different.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Willeh

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#15 posted 02-15-2012 08:49 PM

LOL BT, you’re right! Renners, I like the way you think.. I can “Plan” to do it her way, and ‘mistakenly’ end up doing it my way :) I’ll keep you updated on the divorce proceedings if this plan fails!

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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BilltheDiver

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#16 posted 02-15-2012 08:55 PM

It really doesn’t make any difference whether it is level or not. You are going to sleep with a pillow under your head right? And when you aren’t laying in the bed she will probably have 47 or so throw pillows on it anyway, so what is there to be level with. Do it her way or do it twice! I’m betting you are making it for her anyway aren’t you?

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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MakerofSawdust

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#17 posted 02-15-2012 09:03 PM

Oh come on guys – first of all a happy wife really does make for a happy life. We’re also Lumberjocks. Don’t ignore the LUMBER part. Make a little more sawdust so it has an additional shelf at the ‘other’ height. Besides, the added complexity is surely justification to buy another tool and more wood. It’s a win-win.

-- - Kevin from Cincinnati. All my work is guaranteed: Three minutes or three feet; whichever comes first.

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doninvegas

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#18 posted 02-15-2012 09:52 PM

Why not make the one that goes on her side the way she wants and make yours your way? After all who is going to know except you two? We don’t entertain in our bedroom or give people tours of our house. Just a thought.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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Sawkerf

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#19 posted 02-15-2012 10:12 PM

Not really, BT. A few weeks ago, SWMBO got pretty upset with me when I disagreed with one of her ideas and demanded to know why I always went along with my customers but would argue with her.

I told her that she wasn’t a customer until she started writing checks, and (unlike a customer project) I had to look at this stuff every day. – lol

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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Scot

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#20 posted 02-15-2012 10:20 PM

And when you get this one figured out,,,maybe we could finally decide if the toilet paper rolls off the front or back of the holder.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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Pie

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#21 posted 02-15-2012 10:24 PM

Make it her way and get an alarm clock that projects the time on the ceiling. That way you both win LOL.

-- Pie

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DS

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#22 posted 02-15-2012 10:27 PM

TP off the front, of course.

Seat up or down? Try lid down… That’s the designed position when not in use.
Dollars to donuts says she sits on the little pink furry cover with her bare bum!

Pick yer battles gentlemen….

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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jerkylips

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#23 posted 02-15-2012 10:35 PM

“I have my alarm clock on the other side of the room so I actually have to get up instead of turning it off then deciding, “Couple more minutes couldn’t hurt.” They always do.

—Tyrone – Canada, BC”

Tyrone – I tried that trick in the past, but then I just started crawling back into bed anyway.. You can’t fix lazy, I guess…

On the height/relationship to the mattress issue, mattresses come in all sorts of thicknesses now. Just saying, regardless of what you come up with now, if you ever replace that mattress it could be totally different..

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patcollins

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#24 posted 02-15-2012 10:37 PM

Make it the height she wants it and then buy a thicker mattress.

I like seeing the clock from bed too, how much crap she put on the tables taht knocking it off is a problem?

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joshtank

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#25 posted 02-16-2012 12:46 AM

what you do really depends on how long you want to keep living there.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL, http://jubinsky.wordpress.com

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Tyrone D

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#26 posted 02-16-2012 01:33 AM

jerkylips,
On the weekends I have the same problem.

DS521,
I agree with you on the TP and seat issue.
Lid should be closed so you don’t have to see the remnants of the last person’s lunch stuck to the porcelain.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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