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14 Cool DIY Coffee Table Ideas

Want to make a coffee table? We've collected our favorite homemade coffee table ideas to give you inspiration and encouragement to give it a try.

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Door Slab Table

A homemade coffee table can start with many different recycled items. One of the simplest coffee tables is a door! Remove the door, if it’s still mounted to a frame, and refinish to enhance the natural wood or give it a fresh coat of paint. Then attach it to a table framework.

Photo: Courtesy of Alsabbahqatar

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Polished Concrete Table

Polished concrete can be stamped and sealed to create a surprisingly luxurious, modern coffee table. These creative coffee tables work well in more industrial-style rooms, or out on the patio. Take a look at our complete how-to instructions on how to make one for your home.

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Infinity Table


If you really want to dazzle your guests, you can use mirrors and lights to create this unusual infinity table. Here’s everything you need to know to make one for yourself.

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Hefty Reclaimed Lumber Table


Do you have access to reclaimed lumber? Why not use some to make a rustic homemade wooden coffee table? We like this dark, industrial table, complete with wheels.

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Wine Crate Table


Wooden wine creates are popular for many DIY projects, but they make a particularly great starting point for a homemade coffee table. As you can see, each box can face outward to provide extra storage shelves, while the stunning stained wood surface offers a place for drinks and more.

Photo: Courtesy of DIY Vintage Chic

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Nested Coffee Tables


Do you like the idea of nested coffee tables that you can pull apart for extra surfaces at different heights, as needed? You’ll love this plan for simple, elegant nested coffee tables that look great in minimalist or modern rooms.

Photo: Courtesy of Adventures in Creating

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Ottoman/Coffee Table Hybrid


If your space is limited, you may want both an ottoman for resting your feet, plus space for food and drinks. Here’s how to upholster a coffee table and turn it into an ottoman that has enough space for feet or food, depending on your needs.

Photo: Courtesy of Gamino Decor

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Industrial Style Table


This homemade coffee table fits in well with a modern decor. Plus, the parts are easy to find, inexpensive and the simple coffee table can be assembled in an afternoon.

Photo: Courtesy of Ana White

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Birch Log Coffee Table


For a homemade coffee table with an outdoorsy look, check out this birch-log coffee table. You’ll need good-looking birch logs, but the result is a striking table and conversation piece. Adding wheels is a good idea because this wooden table design will be hard to move without them.

Photo: Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

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Window Coffee Table


You can turn a reclaimed window into an attractive homemade coffee table. Plus, the window coffee table doubles as a display case that you can refresh as the seasons change. The window coffee project is as simple as attaching handles and hinges to a reclaimed window, and finding a wooden box to match!

Photo: Courtesy of Oh Glory Vintage

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Whiskey Barrel Table


We love this whiskey barrel coffee table that’s ideal for cabins or rooms with rustic/wood accents. Contact local breweries or distilleries that may have empty whiskey or wine barrels you can purchase. If that’s not an option, check eBay. Here is a complete tutorial on how to make a table. Bonus: You can use the inside of the barrel for storage!

Photo: Courtesy of Wine Enthusiast

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Bottle Cap Table


Take a look at this mesmerizing bottle cap project. The fun part of this project is collecting just the right bottle caps. Not fond of bottled drinks? You can create a similar effect with wine corks for cool coffee tables!

Photo: Courtesy of Gwen Boston

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Elegant Angled Wood Table


This is a beautiful homemade wood coffee table that is both traditional and stylish enough to fit perfectly in any living room. Take a look at the plans for this gorgeous angled-leg coffee table. With the right woodworking skills, you can make learn how to make a coffee table in four hours!

Photo: Courtesy of Build Basic

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Pallet Coffee Table


Take a look at this guide to options for pallet tables. When sanded and mounted correctly, pallets can make beautiful homemade coffee tables. If you want some extra storage, stack several pallets and provide a solid base to create natural cubbyholes inside the table for books and more.

Photo: Courtesy of Icon Home Design