Modern Book Sling Side table

INSIDE : Learn how to build a gorgeous Modern Book Sling Side table for your home. When you can’t find the perfect side table, just DIY one yourself.

Modern Book Sling Side table

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There is something so amazing with being able to construct and build a piece of furniture for your home. We have needed a narrow side table for a long time, but I just couldn’t find the perfect one for our home.

I was so thrilled to partner with Ace Hardware to build this perfect Modern Book Sling Side table for our living room. I loved being able to order my supplies online at Ace and then being able to pick them up curbside. This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Check out my Best Beginner DIY Tools post to see what you need to get started on your next project!

What supplies do I need to build a Modern Side Table?



  • 3 – 1.5″ x 0.75″ x 48″ Oak board
  • 1 – 10″ x 0.75″ x 24″ Oak board
  • 2 – 1/4″ wooden dowels
  • Black Suede


  • 4 – 24″ Oak Boards for main legs
  • 4 – 22.5″ Oak Boards for secondary arms
  • 4 – 7″ Oak Boards for secondary arms
  • 2 – 7.25″ x 1/4″ dowels
  • 1 – 8″ x 27.5″ cut suede
Craftsman Sliding Miter Saw

How do I build a Modern Book Sling Side Table?

If there is one thing I have learned, it is having the right tools to build a project can really be a make or break. And one tool that was so essential for this project was a cordless sliding miter saw. I found it so helpful because it allows you to move the blade forward and backward, which really increases the length of cut you can make.

I started by measuring and marking the main legs of my side table, the 4 – 24″ pieces using a measuring tape and speed square.

Speed Square Tool

Next, I measured, marked and cut 4 – 22.5″ pieces and 4 – 7″ pieces. These are the side structure pieces.

Miter Saw

Once the twelve pieces are cut, it’s time to do some sanding. I used both a sanding block and an orbital sander to smooth off any rough spots.

Cut Wood

Next, I needed to add the holes for where my two dowels would sit for the suede book sling. I used an electric drill press to create those perfect holes. I used a 1/4″ drill bit. You could also use a hand-held drill to make these holes.

Reference my building layout diagram to see the placing of my holes.

Drill Press

Next, at each joint I used a pockethole jig and kit. I have to be honest, this part was intimidating to me but I ended up really loving making pocket holes with the jig and my hand-held drill! I maybe went overboard and used three clamps to hold it in place, while drilling the holes but it seemed worth it not moving.

Pockethole Gig

After the holes were all drilled, I added Gorilla Wood Glue, clamps and then added in the screws. Be sure to add your screws before the glue fully dries.

Gorilla Glue
Wood Clamps

Depending on how many clamps you have, this is a slow process. The glue takes about 20-30 minutes to dry and I could glue/clamp about two pieces at a time. Slow and steady is the motto for this section.

Sidetable Leg Clamp

While my legs were all drying, I got started cutting and sewing the suede sling. I measured out 8″ by 27.5″ and then cut it with sewing scissors.

I made sure I had plenty of moving room on the dowel, I measured 2.25″ for the pocket and marked that on my suede with a white colored pencil.

Before sewing the thick suede on your sewing machine, be sure to change your stitch length to 3.5 mm and if you have a new fresh sewing machine needle, it is wise to put that on. I went niiiiiiice and slow while sewing my two suede stitches and I wasn’t sure my machine would make it, but thankfully it did.

Sewing Suede

It was as simple then, as gluing down one side of the dowels to my base, slipping on the suede and then adding glue to the other holes.

Suede Dowels

Clamp, clamp, clamp as everything is drying.

Clamp Side table

The final step is adding the top to your modern sling side table. I placed the oak wood top on the ground and put the side table frame on top. Using a pencil, trace the exact size you will need to cut.

Side Table Pencil Top

Sliding Miter Saw to the rescue again as I cut one side, flipped the wood board over and then cut the other side.

Sliding Miter Saw cuts

A final sanding to make sure the top was smooth with my orbital sander.

Orbital Sander

I added Gorilla Wood Glue and a few small nails, clamps and voila!

Gluing Table Top with clamp

DIY Modern Side Table

My modern book sling side table is complete and honestly, I could not be more proud of how it turned out!!

Modern Sling Side Table

I adore how the simple wood structure so perfectly frames my black suede sling.

Modern Side Table

And it is so convenient to be able to reach right through the top and grab a book or magazine.

Side Table in Living Room

Although this was an involved project, it really was simple to make. And I hope by using my plans, you can make a beautiful modern side table, too.

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  1. So lovely, the design is fun!! Will you be sealing the wood?

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Thanks so much, Jill. I hadn’t planned on sealing the wood, I like the natural look. But N already spilled an adult beverage on it… so maybe I should, ha.

  2. This is gorgeous! I just might need to try it – Well done!

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Oh thaaaank you, friend!! Now that I’ve done it once… I feel so much more confident in doing it again.

  3. You did such a great job! What a beautiful side table

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Oh thank you, SO MUCH!!

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