For the most parts, a coffee table is ideally supposed to hold the pot of coffee, the cups, and what not. But like we said, “ideally”…realistically however, there is more to the coffee table than meets the eye.
Beyond just being perhaps the best spot within a home to sit and have a chat with a guest while sipping coffee and munching some cookies along with it, the coffee table is also a pretty cool décor accent.
Think about it… if you walked into a home and they didn’t have a coffee table, you would feel like something was legitimately missing from that home’s decor… and you would be right. Because where would the homeowner keep their TV Remote, the bowl of popcorn on movie night or even rest their feet sometimes. Most importantly, where do they drop all the tiny stuff we always need but can’t put away safely?
In a nutshell, coffee tables do more than just hold cups, pots and coffee jars; they provide the feeling of completion to a house. And speaking of completing stuff, how would you like to build your own coffee table from start to completion?
Sounds pretty cool yeah?
Right off the top, we would like to tell you that if anyone tells you stuff like “It’s always easier to build stuff on your own!” … they’re lying!
DIYs can get pretty difficult. You have to source for materials, and then wait for them to get to you, and sometimes, the materials you order for aren’t the ones that get shipped! Yes, that really happens!
Then you have to watch or read tons and tons of tutorials and probably get injured in the process of building out something you could have easily walked into the store and bought.
Sure, the factory made would certainly not be as unique as the DIY because the company would sell that exact design, material, and measurement to 1000 other people… but you still get your stuff.
However, there are times when DIYs get pretty elementary…and making DIY coffee table is one of those times… along with outdoor benches, DIY Ottoman’s and stools. But let’s focus on DIY Coffee Tables for now.
The best part about these DIY Coffee Tables is that you don’t have to worry about ordering or shipping any materials or tools. These coffee tables are made using stuff you already have or can get from your neighborhood like plywood, wooden slabs, and pallets etc
Before we get into the article, we would like to let you know this is going to be a five maybe ten-minute read from start to finish. So if you’ve got some time and are really interested in DIY Coffee Tables then, by all means, be our guest. We’ve got 20 Super Cool Easy to Do DIY Coffee Tables and their tutorials for you in this article.
Alternatively, you could just scroll through, find an image of a DIY coffee table that catches your fancy, read our description and get the tutorial you need to make your very own DIY Coffee Table.
Let’s get started!
DIY Industrial Wooden Coffee Table
If you can drill a nail into plywood, then you are as good as done with this coffee table. You can choose to give your living room that rustic feel with the finish shown in this sample or you can go the extra mile and deliver a well-polished finish.
DIY Unique Neon Table with Metal Legs
You have to admit, this is the kind of coffee table you totally want to have in your home!
Marble table tops on metal hair pin legs? Love it… love it… love it!
It’s unique and totally unusual. Perhaps no two people in the world would have this design but that’s the idea. You can find this sort of left over marble table tops from your neighborhood or you can source for it online.
You might need two metal hair pin legs or three or more, depending on the shape of marble top you find (Craigslist or eBay would be a good place to look). Either your end result would look super cool. Don’t forget to send us pictures of your finished product… we’re dying to see how yours turned out!
DIY Copper Coffee Table with Wooden Top
The name pretty much gives the concept away.
It’s a copper coffee table that’s got a wooden top which you can do all by yourself. It’s a pretty genius way to jazz up your living room. When making yours, you could split the sample coffee table into two halves to make twin copper coffee tables but you’d need one more copper leg.
DIY Stylish Wooden Coffee Table with Tile
If you are a big fan of the smooth sensation that tiled tops offer or you just happen to have some left over tiles from your kitchen countertop and some wood laying around in the yard, then this could be a great way to put both to good use.
You were going to discard them anyway!
A wooden coffee table with tile top is going to have your guests dying with curiosity. So be sure to have an “I did that” ready, once notice them gawking at your creation.
Wood Slab Coffee Table with Metal Hairpin Legs
Just in case you don’t find any unique marble table tops, you could still opt for good old wood slabs!
In similar fashion to the neon table with metal hairpin legs, this coffee table is sure to give your living room that rustic feel.
Multipurpose Coffee Table
We are huge fans of multi purpose décor accents – Whether it is Ottomans with storage, beds with extra storage and so on. We are totally down with it! So it’s only natural that we would suggest this coffee table that has storage spaces.
If you would rather add a rustic feel to your home then you could decide to skip the spray paint and polish as seen in this sample.
Modern Mahogany Coffee Table
The finished product of this DIY looks more factory made than it looks like a do it yourself coffee table. You would be shocked to learn that it’s pretty easy to pull this off and add “Super cool coffee table” to the list of things you have made in your lifetime.
Oval Coffee Table with Hairpin Legs
The hairpin legs are back again and this time, they’re supporting an oval wooden table top. You could opt for any shade or color that blends into your home. Our best guess is an oval coffee table is preferable if you’re sick of square, round or rectangular table but you are not too keen on going all out irregular (and unique) as in the case of the Neon table.
Modern Wood Pallet Coffee table with Wheels
This kind of wood pallet usually comes from a lot of manufacturers to homeowners. In fact, if you purchase any heavy machinery, chances are that it could come with a wood pallet like this. Basically, you always find stuff like this lying around unused in your yard or your neighbor’s yard (ask them!).
Add some legs (of whatever height you want the table to have) to the pallet and add wheels to the legs. That’s it.
Easy Wood Pallet Coffee Table with Wheels
This is the ultimate lazy (or genius) person DIY Coffee table. Earlier in this article, we mention how difficult DIYs can be but we also told you the DIYs we have here are super easy. And this easy to do wood pallet coffee table with wheels is proof of that.
Sometimes, you have to carry coffee tables (which are usually somewhat heavy) from one end of the room to another. So what’s a genius way to get your table from point A to point B without the heavy lifting? Wheels!
Now the creation process of this DIY coffee table just needs finely chopped pieces of wood, some adhesive and good measurement, a little yidi-yadda and ta-daa!! You have a wood pallet coffee table with wheels. You have to do this!
Barrel Coffee Table
What do you do with wine barrels when they are empty?
We’re pretty sure not many people are concerned with the aftermath of a barrel full of wine. For the most parts, we’re concerned with emptying the contents first. But when life gives you an empty barrel, make a barrel coffee table. And just in case this quote replaces the rather overused “When life gives you lemons…” quote, remember to give us credit.
Chic Herb Garden Coffee Table
Pretty much everything you need is displayed in this sample image and it is really as easy as it looks. In the simplest terms, you’re fitting a flower pot in a table point. End of story. If you’re not a fan of flowers and dirt, then you can use the case as an ice box or whatever genius idea you come up with.
Balustrade Coffee Table
We can all agree that balusters are pretty cool. Perhaps that’s why they come in metal, steel, concrete and even wood. This sample design has a lower shelf but you can get creative and style yours any way you find fitting. Personally, we would say the lower shelf makes for a good foot rest for people who dislike resting their feet on top of the table but it also adds a little more weight to the coffee table.
All white Chic style Coffee table with Lower-Shelf
To think that you can achieve this chic style coffee table by simply putting reclaimed wood to good use is just impressive. This coffee table is most suited for lovers of modern chic accents.
Wood Palette Coffee table with wheels and glass top
Technically, this is a hybrid of the Modern Wood Pallet Coffee table with Wheels, only this time, it has a glass top. As mentioned earlier, you can always find the materials you need online if you don’t already have them.
Terrarium Coffee Table
If the name sounds a little too scientific for you, don’t worry, it’s not that difficult. You’re basically just cutting pieces of glass and taping them together. Now for something this easy to come off this beautiful, you know you have to try it!
Recycled Palette Coffee Table
We did mention these DIYs are some pretty elementary stuff. If you can tell that 1+1 isn’t 3 as seen in this sample recycled palette coffee table, then you can put this table together a lot easier. We still have a tutorial, if you can’t do it all by yourself.
Chopped Wood DIY Coffee Table
This sort of cleanly chopped wood would normally be laid down in an organized pattern to make a wood palette table but if you’re just not going to be bothered, simply stack a flat pile of wood, some longer than others and you get a similar or even better-looking result than this sample.
Suitcase Coffee table
Told you DIYs could be easy. Don’t toss your antique suitcases in the trash. That’s a coffee table in the making.
Spool Coffee Table with Bookcase
Spools are naturally used to wind threads, wires or yarns but in the absence of its natural use, it can be used to unwind, hold books while you sip from your cup of coffee.
Which super cool easy to do DIY Coffee Table would you be attempting?
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