Every living room needs a coffee table. However, they can get pretty expensive. So, I understand if you want to DIY your own coffee table!
We have shared 4 DIY coffee table tutorials:
- DIY driftwood coffee table
- How to build a modern coffee table
- Live edge wood + hairpin leg coffee table
- Coffee table paint makeover
How to decide on a DIY coffee table design
If you’re trying to decide what kind of coffee table to make, keep in mind:
- The tools and skills that you have available to you
- Your design style
- The size of your space including height of table
- Your storage needs
- The finish that will best coordinate with your space
Coffee table shapes
There are a lot of choices for the shape of your coffee table. Some of the most popular coffee table shapes include:
- Live edge
To pick your shape, take a look around your room. I don’t like to have everything in the space either round or striaght. For example, in our sunroom we had a rectangular TV stand, couch, and TV. So, a round table added some balance to the space.
What shape coffee table works best with a sectional?
Following the above rule, I love a circular or oval coffee table paired with a sectional that has sharp right angles. If the sectional is more curved, go for a rectangular or angular coffee table. This makes it look less like a matchy-matchy set and more interesting.
How much space should I have between my sofa and my coffee table?
You want to allow for 18″ of clearance in between the coffee table and any wall or other furniture.
How tall should a coffee table be?
The height of your coffee table is going to depend on the height of your seating around it. You want the height of the coffee table and the seats to be within 2″ (up or down) of each other. Any bigger difference starts to look funny.
What materials are best for a DIY coffee table?
Tons of different materials will work for a coffee table. What matters most is your design style and functionality.
For your design style, make sure both the material and the design fit your style. For example, if you like farm house style, you don’t want a lucite or acrylic table. That material is too modern for your home.
Just as important as style is functionality. Think of how you will use the table. Are you a coaster type of person? If not, it’s ok – just get something that won’t stain easily. If you have kids, keep that in mind and maybe glass table tops aren’t for you in this season of life.
Don’t forget the table legs!
Materials-wise, table legs are a great place to have fun and express your style. Since they don’t get the wear and tear that the table top tends to get, you have more room to play with fun materials and really express your style.
Here are some cool DIY coffee table leg ideas:
- hairpin legs
- mold concrete legs
- old staircase balusters
- logs or branches
- tree trunk
- saw horse
- vintage wood
- old window or door (chopped up)
- off the shelf tapered legs
- use legs or base from an old vintage table
What kind of storage can I add to my DIY coffee table?
Storage can be really important. Coffee tables are a great place to stash things. Some ideas for coffee table storage are:
- baskets or bins
- hidden storage such as a lift up top coffee table
- ottoman style table with removable lid
- set baskets on top of the table
Making over an old coffee table
While it’s great to build a coffee table from scratch, there is always the option to make over an old, thrifted or reclaimed coffee table. Paint can go a long way and this is often a super beginner level, low budget project!
I rounded up some of the best DIY coffee tables from bloggers that I love. Check it out!
We made this coffee table with a glass top and screwed together driftwood branches as the base.
There is nothing easier to make than a DIY live edge coffee table with hairpin legs!
This modern coffee table looks hard to make, but it was actually a super simple build.
Have an old coffee table you'd like to rehab? Here's how we gave this table a paint makeover.
I love the transformation of this vintage chest to a coffee table
Here are some great build plans for a farmhouse coffee table
Like the look of a turned leg table? Check out these plans!
This DIY farmhouse coffee table has a great chunky look.
The hardware on this DIY coffee table gives it more on a rustic industrial look
I love this hack for turning a coffee table into an ottoman.
This DIY coffee table is simple but gorgeous
This coffee table upcycle is sure to inspire you.
Love these tips for giving a coffee table a rustic look.
I absolutely love the inlaid look of this DIY modern coffee table.
Here's a simple farmhouse style coffee table makeover.
It doesn't get much cheaper than pallets!
This pinstripe coffee table is really sharp!
This coffee table is made from an old window - genius!
What are your favorite DIY coffee tables?
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