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6 DIY Coffee Table Ideas

By on Jun 26, 2017
6 DIY Coffee Table Ideas

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Creating your dream living room is expensive. From comfortable couches to home entertainment, a lot goes in to making it the perfect room for all. If you like to DIY, you might already be thinking of ways you can improve your living room on a budget.

A new coffee table can be a great addition to your existing living room décor. The good news is that a DIY coffee table makes an excellent weekend project that will look beautiful. So, if you’re looking for inspiration, here are a few coffee table ideas that will inspire your next DIY project.

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DIY Coffee Table Ideas

When you choose to DIY your home décor, you make it personal to your style. That’s why a DIY coffee table can be a great idea for your living room. You’ll be able to control the look of the table from start to finish. There are infinite ideas when it comes to DIY coffee table projects. However, here are a few of my favorites:

  1. Wood Coffee Table
  2. Pallet Coffee Table
  3. Crate Coffee Table
  4. Industrial Coffee Table
  5. Ottoman Coffee Table
  6. Refinished Coffee Table

As always, remember to review your DIY safety basics before beginning a new project.

Wood Coffee Table

1. DIY Wood Coffee Tables

The hardest part about a DIY wood coffee table will be deciding what style is right for you. Designs can be as simple as attaching table legs to a board, or getting more creative with the structure. Wood coffee tables might require some previous carpentry knowledge and the right tools, so if you’re missing out on either, you might want to look at other DIY options. Build-Basic has a great tutorial for a beautiful DIY coffee table that costs under $50. See their tutorial.

Pallet Coffee Table

2. DIY Pallet Coffee Tables

If you’re going for the rustic look, a pallet coffee table is perfect for your style. Pallet coffee tables are great because not only are they made of repurposes material, but they also give a unique look to your space. This is a great project for those just starting to take on more DIY projects. Always make sure a pallet is in good condition before using them for any project. While pallet wood will never be perfect as it is a recycled material, you’ll want to look for heat-treated pallets and avoid ones that have been treated with pesticides.

For a versatile option, apply finish to the pallet and attach wheels to the bottom. This is great if you have large family gatherings where you need more space. Another DIY coffee table idea is to cut the pallet in half and securely stack them. This adds extra storage to your coffee table.

6 DIY Coffee Table Ideas

3. DIY Crate Coffee Tables

Crate coffee tables are another project for DIY beginners who love the rustic look. They also add a lot of additional storage to your space. First, you’ll need to gather at least four crates that are in good condition. While some homeowners choose to buy new, others like the look of recycled crates. If that’s the case, you may need to sand and stain your crates before building your table. For a complete tutorial on how you can build your own crate coffee table, see Upcycle That.

Industrial Coffee Table

4. DIY Industrial Coffee Tables

Mixing materials is a hot trend right now and the industrial style embraces that. If you’re looking to create a DIY industrial coffee table, you’re likely interested in seeing how you can incorporate metal in your table top. I love this idea from A Burst Of Beautiful of attaching metal piping to a wooden table top. It’s a simple way to incorporate the industrial style in your room, without overdoing it.

DIY Coffee Table Ideas

5. DIY Ottoman Coffee Table

If you have an old coffee table that’s in good condition, but you don’t love color or finish, repurpose it! A coffee table ottoman is a great place to rest your feet without breaking the budget. You can even use it with traditional coffee table décor. A DIY ottoman coffee table is very functional and won’t break the bank, unlike ones you might find in the store. To see how you can do this, see this tutorial from The Shabby Creek Cottage.

Refinished Coffee Table

6. DIY Refinished Coffee Table

Similarly, if you love the style of your coffee table, but it’s looking a little outdated, you can easily change the look with a fresh coat of paint. Wood coffee tables work best here. A hot trend for DIY enthusiasts currently Is chalk paint. This paint can go directly on your piece without sanding or staining, making it easy to change your look in just a few hours.

If your coffee table has drawers, consider changing out the hardware too. This can help update your coffee table for very cheap.


The coffee table is an important part of any living room. You can create something unique to your home by making your new coffee table a DIY project.

Looking for more ways to make your coffee table the focal point of your living room? Read How To Decorate A Coffee Table.

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