How to build your own coffee table


The coffee table is often the focal point of a living room. It’s where you gather with your friends and family when they come over, it can serve as an eating surface while you watch television, it’s a place to prop up your feet and it’s, of course, a spot to rest a cup of coffee. But it’s not always easy (or affordable) to find the perfect blend of style and functionality. Fortunately, you have options. With a little craftiness, you can make a coffee table all your own, exactly how you want it. If this sounds like a project you’d like to take on, take a look at the following tips!

Repurpose. Many things can be used to create a unique coffee table. You can connect plumbing pipes to create a framework that can be topped with a nice slab of wood for an impressive design. Similarly, you can use industrial slotted bars for a chic downtown look. It doesn’t have to be so elaborate, though. For example, you can fix up apple crates to create a lightweight and rustic flourish to your room’s decor. Wood pallets are another great option; with the appropriate stain or paint, they can look casual yet sophisticated. And, they’re affordable, too.

Make it portable. If your living room is on the smaller side, you may want to consider having a table that can be moved. Installing wheels on the bottom of your coffee table is not only a unique look, it allows you to easily put it in a convenient spot. The type of wheels you decide to use is up to you. You can opt for bigger wheels that can roll across even the most uneven carpet, or you can go for smaller casters, which are unobtrusive, for a more stylish look.

Make it clear. Transparent furniture can make any room look more spacious. If you have a particularly small room, you may want to use a clear glass top for the surface of your coffee table. For a really quirky and fun look, take a window pane and leave it intact for your tabletop.  You can even attach it to a shallow drawer or cabinet and store things beneath it for a piece that can start some conversations.

Keep it simple–or get complex. The beauty of making your own coffee table is that it is fully customizable. The design is entirely up to you. That means you can take a minimalist approach, or you can build a table out of recycled materials using your own vision. If you want to get really crazy, you can even create spaces to house plants in your table. Or, you can make room to keep your drinks cold by installing places to put ice. You really are only limited by your time and the effort you want to put in.

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  • August 23rd, 2016
  • Posted in: AVA, DIY