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Forum topic by Willeh posted 02-15-2012 04:28 PM 1843 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2012 04:28 PM

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I’m starting into building a bedroom set, and am at a bit of an impasse with the wife over the height of bedside tables. She prefers the tables to be a few inches higher than the mattress, while I prefer them to be about level.
Her argument is that the higher tables prevent you from knocking stuff off of them in the night,
I like the level table so that I can see the clock if I wake up.

I’m looking for any opinions out of experience: What works and why, what didnt work out and why not.


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

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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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#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.

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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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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

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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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#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 reveals it.

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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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#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 -

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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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