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White painted bed tray topped with a magazine, danish on a plate and mug on a made up bed

Overview

Make breakfast in bed even cosier with your very own bed tray! This simple D.I.Y. project takes some pine and paint and transforms it into a wonderful bed tray, perfect for stacks of pancakes, bacon and eggs and glasses of fresh juice.

This versatile tray also works as a laptop holder, meaning however you spend your snoozy days, you’ll have a tray to rest everything on.

All you’ll need for this project is a few easy-to-find D.I.Y. materials and tools, most of which you might already have at home.

Steps

1Measure and mark

Using your tape measure and pencil, measure and mark the pine panel at 50cm long. Put on ear muffs, a dust mask and safety glasses and clamp the panel to your work surface to make it easier.

Bunnings team member measuring and marking timber with a pencil and measuring tape

2Cut the timber

Cut at the mark using a circular saw.

Bunnings team member cutting timber with a power saw

3Sand the edges

Lightly sand the cut edge with sandpaper and a sanding block.
Bunnings team member sanding a piece of timber

4Apply chalked paint

Lay down a drop sheet or protective material over your work surfaces. Keeping your dust mask and safety glasses on, spray the cut board with chalked paint.
Bunnings team member spray painting timber

5Brush the wet paint

Then, use a paint brush to brush over the wet paint, giving it that white-washed look.
Bunnings team member painting the timber with a paint brush

6Leave to dry

Allow the paint on the pine panel to dry.

Green Bunnings hammer
Tip: You can use stain, varnish or paint – it’s totally up to you and the desired look you’re after.
Painted timber board left to dry

7Position the legs

Once the panel is dry, position the legs on each corner, marking where the nails will go with a pencil.

Bunnings team member marking out where the screws will go with a pencil on the timber board

8Final assembly

Screw in your legs using your drill and screws. Once secure, turn over to enjoy your bed tray!

Bunnings team member drilling in hooks with a drill into the timber board

9Make your own!

Ready to create your own bed tray? Explore our ranges of pine and table legs.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.