Want to build a DIY console table? Here are a ton of ideas, step by step tutorials, and PDF woodworking plans to get you started!
I love a good console table. They can fit into so many spaces in your home – even a narrow, awkward space – and can instantly make it more functional and beautiful.
Uses for a console table
Console tables are basically just skinny tables.
Console tables can fit anywhere where you have a narrow space that needs a piece of furniture to define it or make it more functional. My favorite spots for a console table include:
- As an entryway table
- In a wide hallway
- At the top of a flight of stairs
- Behind a couch (AKA as a sofa table)
- In a dining room in lieu of a buffet table
- Under a television
- In a bathroom to hold toilet paper or towels
What is the average size of a console table?
The great thing about building a DIY console table is that you can design it to fit your exact space and personalized needs.
A console table is typically 2-4 feet long, 2-3 feet tall, and up to 18 inches deep.
The larger your room, the larger you should build your console table. In a narrow hallway, go for a very narrow table. If you need more surface area, add a lower shelf for storage!
Sofa tables are typically the length of the sofa. Console tables under TVs are typically at least 12″ wider than the TV (measured width-wise, not the diagonal measurement sold on TV boxes).
How to build a console table
All you really need to build a console table is a tabletop and legs, probably 4 legs.
You can build these from scratch (check out lots of console table plans below) but if you want a DIY project without any woodworking, consider buying table legs and just attaching them to a top!
You can purchase metal or wooden legs on Amazon or at many hardware stores.
Just screw them into wood pieces for a top. Or use something unique like an old window or door!
If you want a more elaborate project, you can build a console table from scratch and even add drawers or doors for more of a cabinet type look.
Console Table PDF Plans
We have a few PDF printable woodworking plans for console tables!
This wooden console table has a narrow top and an inverted V base for an instant farmhouse-chic look. PDF plans available!
This small console table used metal dowels to add interest to the top shelf! You could also use wood dowels spray painted to look metal. Free PDF plans!
This coastal style console table has upper and lower shelving and slats on the bottom for a coastal look. There's matching side tables, too! Free PDF plans!
This airy console table is made with wooden dowels, giving it a sleek, almost metal-leg look!
Want to build a console table with drawers? How about ten of them! This apothecary style console table is unique and beautiful! Step by step plans
This small console table has two drawers and modern tapered legs. Step by step plans!
This modern console table has sleek lines that would match many styles of home decor. Plus, she wrapped it in fabric for a unique, textured look!
This console table has two drawers and a chunky shape, with X's on the sides that give it an instant farmhouse look!
This console table was actually upcycled from a cube-style organizer! I love the repurposing and the massive amount of storage that this table packs in!
This console table is made entirely from 2x4 lumber, giving it a unique chunky look and makes it easy for even beginners to build.
If you want the look of a console table with cabinet doors but don't want to build them, check out how easy it is to turn old kitchen cabinets into a console table!
If you like the rustic look, this is a cool chunky table with interesting lines for geometric shelving. Get the printable plans!
If you are a beginner level woodworker, you can easily make this console table with a wooden top and metal pipes for table legs!
I love the unique lines - and almost "hollow" look of this u-shaped console table! She has woodworking plans for it, too!
This is another really pretty console table with a farmhouse style look thanks to the inverted V shaped base. It's a long and slim size, perfect for a large entryway or long wide hallway!
I am seriously obsessed with the layered double X's on this console table! It also has a cool tapered leg shape that I think is fabulous. Get the plans!
If you are looking for a console table for your porch or patio, check out this gorgeous slatted one!
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