DIY Breakfast Tray

March 23, 2015

We’ve all seen breakfast trays before. You may own one or two yourself. I have wanted one for some time now, but I knew I wanted to make my own. I finally got around to it a couple weeks ago. It only took an afternoon and was made completely from scrap wood. However, everything can be purchased from your home improvement store if you don’t have any scrap wood lying around.


Supply List:

1 – 1×4 at 6.5′ long

1 – 1×2 at 6′ long

1 1/4″ Pocket hole screws

2 Handles of choice

2 Machine screws (to attach the handles.)

3/4″ or 1″ Brad nails


Cut 4 – 1×4 at 18″ each using a miter saw. Most home improvement stores will do this for you if you do not have your own.


Using a Kreg Jig, drill holes on the bottom sides of your 1×4’s at 3/4″ depth setting.

You want one hole on each end for two of the boards and one hole in the middle of the other two boards.

Lay them out. Boards with the two holes should be every other.


Screw all the boards together using a clap to hold them while you screw them in place.


Cut 2 – 1×2 at 18″ long and 2 – 1×2 at 15″ long.

Glue and nail the sides on using a nail gun. Make sure the corners and tops are flush with one another.


Once you’ve lightly sanded the whole tray, you’re ready to stain or paint!

I went with Rust-Oleum’s dark walnut stain and poly.Ā  After it’s completely dry, drill your holes for your handles on each side.

The screws that came with my handles were too long. I was unable to find cabinet pull screws short enough. I took my handles and went to the machine screw section. After looking through them all, I found ones that were the perfect size!

Once the handles were in place my tray was finished!





I absolutely love how it turned out. We’ve already used it several times this past week. I hope I’m not telling on myself . . . we don’t eat in bed that much!



  • Reply Lisa April 23, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Great tutorial – can’t wait to try this.

    • Reply Amanda April 23, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Thanks Lisa! It was very simple and has been so handy!

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