10 DIY Coffee Table Ideas | DIY Formula

10 DIY Coffee Table Ideas

Living room, family room, den: whatever you call it, it’s a space where you and your family spend a lot of time, so it’s important that it suits your lifestyle and design sense. Whether you’re looking to create a space that’s sleek and modern or comfy and traditional, a coffee table makes a great anchor piece on which to base your design. Finding the right one can be a challenge, but if you’ve got some time on your hands and a little creativity, you can create a DIY coffee table that will fit your style without breaking your budget.

1. Simple DIY Pallet Wood Coffee Table

Shipping pallets are a great source of inexpensive lumber, especially if you’re looking to create a rustic style table like this one. These planks will be very rough, though, so it is a good idea to invest in a power sander and plenty of sandpaper to make sure you remove any problematic splinters. The time it takes to make this DIY coffee table will vary depending on the pallets you use, if there is a lot of hardware to remove, or it the wood is particularly rough, it will take a little longer.
Difficulty Level: Medium
Time: Weekend Project

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2. Upcycled Suitcase DIY Coffee Table

Vintage luggage is surprisingly easy to find at thrift stores and flea markets, and with just a little bit of hardware, you can turn a large suitcase into a one-of-a-kind DIY coffee table. Look for luggage made of wood or plastic, since leather or fabric suitcases are too soft. This is a great project for DIY beginners; the only power tool you’ll need is a drill, but the results are spectacular!
Difficulty Level: Easy
Time: Afternoon Project

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3. DIY Rolling Crate Coffee Table with Built-In Storage

For a table that combines lots of storage with lots of style, this quick project can’t be beaten! The size of your DIY coffee table depends on the size of the crates you choose, and you can stain or paint them to match any color scheme. The plywood base is easiest to cut with a tablesaw or circular saw, but your local home improvement store may be able to cut it down to size for you as well.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Time: Weekend Project

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4. Upcycled Window Frame Coffee Table

Turn old windows into a glass-topped coffee table with a built-in storage and display space! This is a great basic DIY coffee table that gives you a chance to brush up on your woodworking skills, but is pretty forgiving if those skills are a little rusty. Look for old window frames at architectural salvage shops, junk shops and flea markets, or even on Craigslist.
Difficulty Level: Medium
Time: Weekend Project

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5. DIY Metal Framed Coffee Table with Herringbone Top

This design can be very time consuming if, as in the original tutorial, you’re milling your own pieces for the herringbone inlay, but you can also use ready-cut wood (even paint stirrers would work!) to create this intricate pattern. If herringbone isn’t your style, you can also opt to do something entirely different on the top of your DIY coffee table, using anything from tile to paint.
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Time: Two Weekend Project

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6. Handmade Faux Marble Topped Table

If you have a coffee table already, but want to give it a little more style, why not add a marble top? Of course, real marble is expensive, heavy, and requires regular sealing to keep the stone looking sharp. This DIY coffee table has all of the style with none of the hassle. It’s chic marble top comes from patterned contact paper!
Difficulty Level: Ultra Easy
Time: Afternoon Project

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7. DIY Wire Spool Table with Book Storage

With just an old cable spool and some dowels, you can make this quick DIY coffee table that will keep your books tidy as well as give you a place to set down your drink. Check with your local electrical company to see if they have old spools you might be able to claim; remember, as with pallets, these spools are made of rough wood and will need a lot of sanding!
Difficulty Level: Medium
Time: Weekend Project

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8. DIY Glass-Topped Whiskey Barrel

The difficulty level of this DIY coffee table depends largely on the barrel you’re using. If you buy a pre-finished half-barrel, you’ll pay more, but it will take less time, effort, and supplies. If you can find an inexpensive old barrel and have the time to spruce it up, as in the original design, go for it! The result is a chic but rustic table that will definitely make a statement.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Time: Afternoon to Weekend Project

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9. DIY Heavy-Duty Railroad Ties Table

Some designs call for light and dainty tables, but what do you use if your design sense calls for something a little more sturdy? Railroad ties would certainly fit the bill, and that’s the primary material for this DIY design. With its low profile and a touch of rustic flair, this is a great table to bring together a style that’s a little bit boho, a little bit modern, and very unique!
Difficulty Level: Easy
Time: Weekend Project

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10. DIY Upholstered Coffee Table Makeover

If you’ve got a coffee table that’s seen better days, upholstering it can be a great way to extend its life and give it a trendy new look. Choose a sturdy fabric that repels stains and can hold up to a bit of wear and tear. Fabrics designed for outdoor furniture work especially well. This tufted design allows your table to double as an ottoman, for a little extra seating during big get-togethers or family events.
Difficulty Level: Medium
Time: Weekend Project

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Every living space needs a table to gather around. With these DIY table ideas, there’s no need to break the bank to create a piece that will suit both your needs and your sense of style. You don’t even need serious carpentry skills, just a little creativity and a sense of fun! For more ideas on beautifying your room, check out the DIY Mason jar lights.

Have you already created a DIY coffee table? Have tips or tricks to share? Let us know in the comments below!