77 Easy DIY Coffee Tables You Can Make on a Budget

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These are all DIY coffee table ideas you can be making this year. Save by building a homemade table, and stay in style. Read on!

The coffee table is the main centerpiece of your living room. All decor is around it. You can have many different features in a room, but it will always come down to this piece of furniture. So having one that is unique and brings character to the interior is your goal.

So what do you do about it? As an avid DIYer you build it, of course! It’s a small piece of furniture so building it is considered beginner to advanced project. If you have built a DIY table, DIY ottoman, or a DIY desk, this project won’t be a problem either. It depends on the type and style too. In this post, we have you covered with the DIY coffee tables of all types and styles.

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How to Build a Coffee Table

You need just the basic DIY coffee table plans to follow and use this easy step-by-step process:

  • Begin with the tabletop. Any sturdy wood (cedar, oak, and even pine) will do. Reclaimed wood or pallets are also popular.
  • Use your plans to measure and cut the wood.
  • Put the tabletop together with wood glue and screws.
  • Choose the legs, which you can use pre-made (from the hardware store), or build them from 2x4s.
  • Use the wood stain and finish the top.

This basic process shows how easy it is to build a coffee table, and there are many more styles which you can create. We list all of them next.

DIY Wood Slab Coffee Table

wood slab
Source: ispydiy.com

This wonderful slab table is one of our favorite projects. It’s one of the easiest to build too because it takes just preparing the slab, applying a finish and adding hairpin legs that you can pick up in a hardware store. Put all things together, and you’ve got a unique and stylish table design.

DIY Industrial Coffee Table

industrial style
Site: www.littleglassjar.com

If you can saw and screw pieces of wood together then you will quickly build this easy DIY project. Apply different type of finish to the wood surface and the legs to get the brilliant industrial look.

DIY Tile Coffee Table

Credit: www.homedit.com

Clever use of materials makes building a table project a breeze. In this example, a wall or floor tile is being used as the surface (that’s the easy part), and all you have to do is make the frame and legs for it.

DIY Copper Coffee Table

 Copper design
Source: forme-foryou.com

Some copper pipe and a wooden board can make this beautiful minimalist piece of furniture with a touch of industrial style. It may be a bit tricky to cut and connect the pipe, but with some effort, you can build a brilliant accent piece.

DIY Glass Coffee Table

glass top
Source: planb.annaevers.com

Pallets make great DIY projects with minimal work; the trick is making them look attractive enough to be used in your decor. This idea to use a glass table top solves it brilliantly.

DIY Balustrade Coffee Table

Balustrade style
Credit: www.itsagrandvillelife.com

Build this Restoration Hardware inspired piece with balustrade legs. You will not regret the effort you put into it. It’s a fun project to do.

DIY Spool Coffee Table

Repurposed Spool
Site: pinkxstitches.blogspot.com

Repurposing material is quite often the way to go, especially when an item already has the shape of a piece of furniture you want. This piece made from an old cable spool is a great example.

DIY Pallet Coffee Table

Pallet wood
Source: www.the36thavenue.com

Going for a rustic piece of furniture gives you many options as you can reuse wood to get great results. Pallets are perfect for small tables, for example.

DIY 2×4 Coffee Table

using 2x4s
Source: www.abeautifulmess.com

Being creative means, you can save a lot of work, such as using just a bunch of 2×4’s to create this whimsical accent piece. It’s quick to build, and it has a remarkable visual appeal.

DIY Suitcase Coffee Table

turn a suitcase into a DIY coffee table
Credit: www.diynetwork.com

Here’s how to upcycle an old suitcase into a unique and whimsical accent table. It will become the feature of your interior in no time, and you’ll be proud to have made it yourself.

DIY Pipe Coffee Table

Site: thelocker.typepad.com

Industrial piping furniture are among our favorites because they combine the natural warmth with cold industrial elements. The design of this unit has a lot of visual interest and can easily be the focal point of the living room. If you can build this gem yourself at home, that’s all the better.

DIY Door Coffee Table

repurposed old door
Source: www.thissortaoldlife.com

Repurposing projects are always a lot of fun, so is this project made from an old door. It also includes storage space, so it serves as more than just a surface. And of course, it has a lot of visual appeal for your home decor. Check out the detailed tutorial to find out how it’s built.

DIY Mid-century Modern Coffee Table

mid-century style
Source: fabulouslyvintage.blogspot.com

Mid-century modern has a lot of design appeal with its strict lines and hairpin furniture legs. And while furniture like that is quite pricey to get, you can build it for pennies on the dollar. Just follow the tutorial for detailed plans.

DIY Lift-Top Coffee Table

lift top design
Site: www.ana-white.com

This lift-top unit is as good looking as it is practical. You can make this table using the base X tables plans from Ana White. The lifting top turns this unit into a makeshift small dining table.

DIY Wooden Coffee Table

woodworking project
Site: www.instructables.com

You already have the tools, and now you need to get the 2x4s to get the job done. Consider the wood stain colors you are going to use, and make sure it is a color that will match many settings just in case there are furniture or carpet changes at some point.

DIY Modern Coffee Table

modern design
Credit: francoisetmoi.com

Moving to a smaller house often means having to discard old furniture and getting new ones that fit the current space. For this project, a round Scandinavian piece of furniture was constructed to replace an old rectangular train cart. It uses three Danish table legs for a sturdy, minimalist base.

DIY Coffee Table with Storage

with storage
Credit: idlehandsawake.com

Any living room makeover would benefit from this stylish and functional piece. The top is made from stained birch plywood with a DIY storage area beneath the surface for books and trinkets. It is supported by brass hairpin legs which are firm but not bulky.

DIY Square Coffee Table

square shaped
Source: www.lowes.com

Here’s a piece that is meant to be an attraction. It has a modern square-shaped construction with clean lines and a glass top. Ornamental pieces can be placed on the top and at the bottom as can be seen from the illustration.

DIY Modern Farmhouse Coffee Table

modern farmhouse style
Credit: build-basic.com

This table will look great whether in a farmhouse or a modern home. The splayed legs can be a little tricky, but those who have a miter saw should be able to recreate them with angle adjustments. This project is suited to those with a bit of experience in doing creative DIY projects.

DIY Pottery Barn Coffee Table

Pottery Barn inspired
Tutorial: www.morelikehome.net

Inspired by Pottery Barn, this table features ample room underneath with an open shelf and three drawers. Buying it will set you back hundreds of dollars while building it would only cost a tenth of the original price. This works best for large living rooms given the size of the piece.

DIY Rustic Coffee Table

rustic style
Tutorial: www.ana-white.com

If you like the rustic look, then give this project a try. It features solid wooden table construction with a large top. However, there is no area below for books, magazines, and remote controls. The instructions are pretty straightforward, and a lot of people have already shared their attempts.

DIY Industrial Coffee Table

industrial style
Tutorial: cherishedbliss.com

Get free plans for this table that mixes industrial design with farmhouse sensibilities. It’s a great beginner’s project with basic cuts and straightforward instructions. The base is a hollow rectangular prism painted in black made up of 2×2″s. The top is a series of 1×4″ boards that cover the entire piece.

DIY Hairpin Leg Coffee Table

hairpin legs
Tutorial: diyhuntress.com

Those who would like to inject a bit of personality into their interior furnishings can try this project. It features a stained wood top with a natural grain finish around the edges. In the middle is a geometric pattern that can be modified by the creator. Hairpin legs provide support from the corners.

DIY Factory Cart Coffee Table

factory cart
Tutorial: www.addicted2decorating.com

Here is a good use for old fence pickets. Just cut them to size and turn them into a cart that can double as a movable table. There are wheels underneath for mobility and a rope handle on one side. Just be sure to clean and sand it to make the finished product look better. You can use a unit on wheels in other rooms such as the kitchen, too.

DIY Mission Style Coffee Table

mission style
Site: www.rockler.com

If you have a free weekend, then consider making this attractive table for your living room. It is as beautiful as it is functional yet not very hard to make. This is a good option if you have L-shape seating and wish to have a sturdy unit to rest your feet on.

DIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

reclaimed wood
Tutorial: www.hgtv.com

Make use of any reclaimed wood and recycled materials that you might have, and turn it into a unit that’s filled with character. If the material is thick enough, then you should be able to create a rectangular prism of a good length without adding a brace in the middle. Add caster wheels for mobility.

DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

farmhouse style
Source: www.handmade-haven.com

This table has a rugged base made up of 4×4 legs at each corner. For added strength, these are reinforced on each side by an X-mark made of 2x4s. The tabletop is composed of several planks lying down to cover the entire area. Underneath is a narrower storage solution for better functionality.

DIY Rustic Twig Coffee Table

using tree brunches
Tutorial: style-files.com

This is a remarkably simple yet beautiful solution that makes use of dried tree branches and twigs. Instead of throwing them away or leaving them to rot, why not turn them into a statement piece for your living room? Just pile everything together, bind with glue, and cut cleanly on each side to the desired length.

DIY Terrarium Coffee Table

table planter
Source: www.lovelyweeds.com

Here is a good option for those with green thumbs. Instead of buying a table and placing a potted plant on top, build your own that includes space for plants in the middle. The hollow portion can be filled with stones and succulents which are easy to care for. It makes a beautiful terrarium, or alternatively you can use it as a herb garden.

DIY Retro Coffee Table

decoupage decoration
Source: mrkate.com

This project turns an old abandoned table into an interior piece that is worthy of people’s attention. Since the structure is already complete, all that’s needed is a bit of cleaning, painting, and decorating. In this example, the base was painted gold while the top was sprayed with white paint before book illustrations were layered onto the surface to get the retro look.

DIY Small Coffee Table

West Elm inspired
Tutorial: diycandy.com

Designer furniture can undoubtedly turn heads, but their prices can also break the bank. This example costs a thousand dollars at retail, but you can get almost the precisely same thing much cheaper if you’re prepared to roll up your sleeves.

DIY Sawhorse Coffee Table

sawhorse design
Source: www.funkyjunkinteriors.net

Pallets can pile up in some homes. It makes sense to use it as raw material for various projects. For instance, why not turn the planks into a sawhorse table? This is great for those who appreciate shabby chic furniture and have a long narrow place.

DIY Round Coffee Table

round shape
Site: monsterscircus.com

Those who are more willing to embrace experimental designs may want to take a look at this. It echoes the very modern minimalist aesthetic except that the surface is not as smooth as expected. Randomly arranged blocks add texture and visual interest.

DIY Pedestal Coffee Table

Credit: www.lizmarieblog.com

This project is perfect for massive living rooms with seating on all sides. It gives people plenty of space to put food and drinks while watching TV. The base is a thick board in the middle with protrusions from all sides. This configuration minimizes the footprint and makes the place feel more spacious.

DIY Square Farmhouse Coffee Table

square farmhouse design
Tutorial: www.youtube.com

This video tutorial is an excellent description of a project if you want o build a square farmhouse style unit. Check it out to get all the details.

DIY Distressed Coffee Table

distressed wood
Tutorial: loveandmarriageblog.com

Make this amazing farmhouse style piece with distressed wood look. Check out the article for the entire details.

DIY Wine Barrel Coffee Table

repurposed wine barrel
Tutorial: texashillcountry.com

Repurpose a wine barrel into a unique storage coffee table. Follow the link for the complete plans.

DIY Coffee Table with Hidden Storage

hidden storage
Tutorial: www.ryobitools.com

Build this fantastic hidden storage (flip top) unit in the farmhouse style for a simple craft project. Check out the tutorial to see how to do it.

DIY Coffee Table with Shelf

with a shelf
Tutorial: mountainmodernlife.com

A thrift-store-find transformed into a beautiful piece with a shelf for extra storage. It’s a beautiful and functional addition to living room decor. Read the link to get the full guidance and instructions.

DIY Narrow Coffee Table

narrow design
Tutorial: www.thefarmhouseproject.com

This design is narrow in shape and fits specific spaces if you need such a unit. Follow the tutorial for the entire plans and instructions.

DIY Large Coffee Table

large design
Tutorial: ourfamilylifestyle.com

This project is brilliant if you need to buidl a large unit. See the article to find out how to do it.

DIY Painted Coffee Table

painted design
Tutorial: www.whitepicketfarmhouse.com

Painting a table can give you remarkable results such as this faux metal look. See the link to see the complete guidance and instructions.

DIY IKEA Coffee Table

IKEA hack
Tutorial: www.senseandserendipityblog.com

Do you like IKEA furniture makeovers? Here’s how you can turn a basic unit into a lovely farmhouse style accent piece. Check out the link to find out how to do it.

DIY Arcade Coffee Table

Source: www.instructables.com

This is a great do-it-yourself solution for family rooms. The unit serves its traditional purpose as well as provides a gaming platform for kids and adults alike. Follow this website to find out how to do it.

DIY Mirrored Coffee Table

mirrored top
Picture: julieloveshome.wordpress.com

Mirrored furniture has a lovely look with a luxe imression to them. You can make them too. Follow this website to learn how to do it.

DIY Adjustable Height Coffee Table

adjustable height
Picture: www.ikeahackers.net

What height table do you need? Can’t decide? With this unit you don’t have to. You can adjust its height and it’s easy to make. Read the tutorial to learn how to do it.

DIY Metal and Wood Coffee Table

metal and wood
Website: www.shanty-2-chic.com

The look of a metal frame with a wooden tabletop is a popular design. And you can make it yourself too. Follow this website to find out how it’s done.

DIY Resin Coffee Table

resin design
Site: www.instructables.com

This is a fun project for a unique unit. Make it if you’re looking form something out of the ordinary. Read the tutorial to find out how it’s done.

DIY Shabby Chic Coffee Table

Shabby Chic style
Credit: glitterinc.com

A great easy step-by-step guide to creating your own shabby chic design. See this website to learn how it’s done.

DIY Infinity Coffee Table

Infinity Mirror
Site: www.instructables.com

There’s something cool about the infinity mirror look. It’s a great feature to have as the centerpiece of the living room if you’re into it. Read this website to get the entire plans and instructions.

DIY Engine Coffee Table

V8 Engine
Source: www.instructables.com

Talking about unique designs, this one is made of a real V8 engine. Want to try this? Follow this website to learn how it’s done.

DIY Tree Stump Coffee Table

Tree Stumps
Source: www.twelveonmain.com

Want a unique and stylish accent piece that nobody else has? Learn how to make your onw tree stump design and create something beautiful. See this website to see the full guidance and instructions.

DIY Steamer Trunk Coffee Table

Vintage Steamer Trunk
Via: www.revivalwoods.com

Learn how to make a unique unit using a vintage antique trunk. Add legs and paint for a functional storage solution. Follow the link for the full details.

DIY Driftwood Coffee Table

Driftwood base
Credit: www.charlestoncrafted.com

Get some sturdy driftwood for a whimsical base for a table. Read the tutorial to see how it’s done.

DIY Barn Door Coffee Table

Barn Door Cart
Picture: www.shanty-2-chic.com

Using barn door to repurpose it into a piece of furniture is an exciting project. See this website to see the complete details.

DIY Mosaic Coffee Table

Upcycled Mosaic top
Source: mrkate.com

Some more repurposing materials in this project. It makes a great mosaic tabletop. Read the tutorial to find out how to do it.

DIY Interactive LED Coffee Table

Interactive LED tabletop
Picture: www.instructables.com

This DIY project is so much fun. Can you imagine an interactive LED surface in your living room? And it’s easy to implement too! See the article to see the complete details and instructions.

DIY Acrylic Coffee Table

Acrylic base
Picture: checkinginwithchelsea.com

If you want to get a little fancy, use acrylic to build the table base. See the link to get the full plans.

DIY Butcher Block Coffee Table

Butcher Block tabletop
Picture: www.bybrittanygoldwyn.com

Butchen block is a great tabletop for a living room centerpiece too! So much decor value in such a simple item. See the tutorial to find out how to do it.

DIY Coffee Table on Wheels

Factory Cart on wheels
Photo: www.shanty-2-chic.com

Adding wheels to your new unit is easy. You can make them in any style too. Follow this website for the entire guidance and instructions.

DIY Log Coffee Table

Credit: www.bhg.com

Love the natural look? Get outdoorsy style for way less than furniture store prices by making it from a birch log. Read the link to see the complete guidance.

DIY Metal Coffee Table

Metal WITHOUT Welding
Credit: www.remodelaholic.com

This modern and fun industrial table is built with plywood and hardware store steel pieces – no welder or fancy tools required. Read the tutorial for the full guidance and instructions.

DIY Fooseball Coffee Table

Image: imgur.com

This might be the ultimate piece of furniture for a man cave too! Follow the link to learn how to do it.

DIY Convertible Coffee Table

Source: realitydaydream.com

This is a unit that converts into a full size table. It can be used for family game night, puzzles, or just plain eating among other things. See the article to learn how it’s done.

DIY Milk Crate Coffee Table

Metal Milk Crates
Source: creatively-katie.blogspot.com

Milk crates make a useful material to build a project. Here’s how. See the tutorial to find out how it’s done.

DIY Crate Coffee Table

Website: www.instructables.com

One of the most popular homemade pieces of furniture. It takes just four crates to make a unique accent piece with some awesome crate storage to boot. Read the tutorial to see the complete guidance.

DIY Concrete Coffee Table

This project is great for outdoors, but we can see it used inside as a unique piece too! Read the link to see how it’s done.

DIY Live Edge Coffee Table

Live Edge top
Site: abeautifulmess.com

Live edge is all the rage with bringing the nature to your home decor. Here’s how you can use it to design your living room centerpiece. Follow the tutorial for the complete guidance and instructions.

DIY Fish Tank Coffee Table

Fish Tank
Image: wonderfuldiy.com

There’s nothing quite like a stunning aquarium to add that essential mood of peace and tranquility to the home. And you can add it to most surprising places. Read the tutorial to see the full plans and instructions.

DIY Trunk Coffee Table

Image: www.buildsomething.com

This 40 1/2 x 24 x 20 1/4 trunk gives you form and function, providing something lovely to look at while adding some much needed storage space. Check out the tutorial for the complete details.

DIY Marble Coffee Table

marble inspired
Credit: thestripedhouse.com

This is a nice marble accent tabletop using a slab of Carrera marble and midcentury modern hairpin table legs. See the article to get the full plans.

DIY Shadow Box Coffee Table

Shadow Box
Picture: www.instructables.com

This might be an advanced project to tackle, but it’s ideal if you want something like this in your home. The shadow box idea is perfect if you want to put on a display. Check out this website to find out how to do it.

DIY Outdoor Coffee Table

outdoor furniture
Credit: ana-white.com

Because outdoor spaces also need funishing. This is a great project and plans from Ana White to take on. Check out the link to get more details about it.

DIY Patio Coffee Table

patio furniture
Credit: www.anikasdiylife.com

Lear how to build an outdoor unit using only $15 in lumber with these easy to follow woodworking plans. Read the tutorial for the full plans and instructions.

DIY Touchscreen Coffee Table

Touch Screen
Via: www.instructables.com

Talk about smart home technology. You can build this unit and be proud of an interactive piece of furniture that nobody else has. Follow the link to find out how to do it.

DIY Window Coffee Table

Old Window
Via: blog.homedepot.com

This step-by-step project will show you just how easy it is to repurpose an old window into an accent piece. See the tutorial to find out how to do it.

DIY Folding Coffee Table

folding design
Picture: diyfurniturestudio.com

A folding design like this isn’t only functional in its ability to change the height. It can also be folded down and stored away when not used. Check out the link to see the plans for it.