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How to DIY a Plexiglass Side Table (With Its Own Book Slot!)

DIY plexiglass side table with book slot in living room.
Courtney Ryall

If you’re looking to add modern-meets-minimalist flair to your living space on a budget, why not do so while getting in touch with your creative side? This DIY plexiglass side table is super functional (it has a built-in book slot!) and doubles as a work of art.


While building a table from scratch might sound daunting, it’s easier than it sounds thanks to the use of a heat gun to bend the plexiglass into shape. So, grab your materials and let’s get started!

Related: Transform the IKEA Lazy Susan Into a Stylish Book Organizer


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Materials Required:

  • 1/4-inch plexiglass sheet (size according to your desired table dimensions)
  • Heat gun
  • Measuring tape
  • Straight edge or ruler
  • Plastic pipe or other long, cylindrical items

Materials required for side table DIY project
Courtney Ryall

Step 1: Design Your Table

Sketch the design of your table beforehand. Consider the size, shape and any specific bends or curves you want to incorporate into your table. Ensure that the top edges of the table will be level with the floor. A functional table is the end goal, so take note of precise measurements.

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Step 2: Safety Check

Double check your design to ensure it’s safe and practical. Avoid creating sharp angles or bends that could compromise the structural integrity of the piece. Keep in mind the dimensions of the space where you plan to place the finished product.

Heat gun being used on plexiglass for DIY project
Courtney Ryall

Step 3: Heat Things Up

Now comes the exciting part! Fire up your heat gun and set it to a high temperature. Hold the heat gun about 6-8 inches away from the plexiglass, moving it evenly across the surface. Do not hover over any single area for too long or you risk melting the surface. As the plexiglass heats up, you’ll notice it becoming more pliable.

Heat gun being using to bend plexiglass for DIY side table
Courtney Ryall

Step 4: Bend and Shape

Once the plexiglass reaches the desired temperature, carefully bend and shape it according to your design. You can experiment with different curves and angles, creating a truly unique and flexible piece. You can use the edge of an old table to create 90-degree angles, or a plastic pipe to make more fluid curves in your design. 


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Step 5: Cool Down

Allow the newly shaped plexiglass to cool down and harden. This step is crucial for maintaining the form of your table. Avoid any movement or adjustments until the plexiglass has fully cooled. 

DIY plexiglass side table with book slot
Courtney Ryall

Step 6: Admire Your Creation

Stand back and admire your flexi, bendy DIY side table masterpiece! In almost no time at all, you’ll have transformed a plain sheet of plexiglass into a modern, eye-catching piece of furniture that’s sure to be a focal point in any room.

Remember, the beauty of this project lies in its flexibility—both literally and figuratively. Don’t hesitate to experiment with different shapes and designs to suit your style.

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