I don’t have a table on my side of the bed, because the bedroom is fairly small, and a floor lamp is there. But there are times when I’ve wanted a little table, just something large enough for a book or my eyeglasses. I could have mounted a shelf on the wall, but that would have been in the way when we flip the mattress or want to rummage for stuff in the adjacent cupboard. And frankly, the walls in this house have enough issues without having yet more holes drilled into them.
And then it occurred to me that perhaps I could use a flask clamp, like we use in the chemistry labs at work, and attach it to the lamp pole and then use it to support a shelf. I figured the rubber on the clamp should keep it from marring the lamp pole, and the clamp should be sturdy enough to hold up a shelf plus some lightweight items.
So I bought a clamp. I cut some 1/4″ plywood to a good size for the shelf. I cut a thin shim, drilled a hole in it to accommodate the pivot pin of the clamp, and trimmed one side to accommodate the wing nut on the clamp. I cut a slightly thicker shim to go under the thinner tail of the clamp. I used my staple gun to attach the shims to the shelf, and then to attach the tail and one leg of the clamp to the shims.
The end result looks exactly like what it is: something kludged together from scrap wood out in the garage. But the kludginess is all hidden on the underside when it’s installed, and see how nice it looks in action!
It works out just as well as I had hoped, to hold a book and pair of eyeglasses. I’m very pleased with it.