44 Free DIY Coffee Table Plans You Can Actually Build Yourself

44 Free DIY Coffee Table Plans You Can Actually Build Yourself

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The coffee table is the center of the living room. It should reflect a lot about who you are. If you've decided to create your very own personalized coffee table, then you are in the right place.

Most DIY folks find the standard coffee tables that are sold in shops boring or simply awful. The solution then becomes to build it by yourself.

You will find 45 free DIY coffee table plans below which I have collected from across the Internet.

I present them here in the hope that 1 or 2 plans will at least ignite your creativity and passion, to build your very own coffee table.

Here are the free coffee table plans. You'll find everything from simple table to more advanced coffee table such as pallet coffee table, farmhouse coffee table. Be sure to click on each of the links to find instructions, diagrams, and photos.

If you'd like to find more table projects similar to these, be sure to check out these other plans that help you build a picnic table, gaming table, router table, craft table, and many more.

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1. Factory Cart DIY Coffee Table

Factory Cart DIY Coffee Table

Ashley from Shanty2Chic had this idea about a coffee table that looked like a factory cart, so she teamed up with a friend who made the plans for her and she built it.

You could, in fact, use this coffee table as a cart because that's exactly what it is. Lumber, the 4 casters, and hardware cost about $100 and the build will take less than 4 hours to complete.

There is a link to the downloadable PDF file with the detailed plans. This coffee table cart is 48 inches long, 32 wide and almost 15 high.

The staining of the wood, plus the painting of the casters and hardware, make it marvelous.

2. Ana White's DIY Rustic Coffee Table

Ana White's DIY Rustic Coffee Table

This design features a rustic coffee table which is made from solid and heavy wood. It offers you a living room table that you can truly rely on.

This plan includes a material list, a tool, and a cut list. The table's legs are made using 4x4s, then there are lots of 1x4s and 2x4s.

There is an easy to follow 10-step building plan, which includes detailed diagrams and is very beginner friendly.

The final cost of this table will depend on the type of wood that you used. It can be made for under $50, and it can cost more with more expensive wood.

3. Ana's 2x4 DIY $20 Outdoor Coffee Table Plan

Ana's 2x4 DIY $20 Outdoor Coffee Table Plan

This is a simple and easy to build coffee table, which Anna built to match her outdoor sofa. It is built using 7 pieces of 8-ft. long 2x4 boards plus screws, and nothing else.

There is a link to download the plans, which are also available as a PDF file. The step by step guide is easy to follow and this table can be built in just a few hours.

Total cost for this coffee table project is $20. It is 47 inches long, 23 inches wide and 14 inches high. Although made for the outdoors, you could easily modify this plan and build it for indoor use as well.

4. DIY Elegant Balustrade Coffee Table Plan

DIY Elegant Balustrade Coffee Table Plan

This project is for those who are interested in making a coffee table that is truly elegant and stands out. Similar styles retail for $1,700, but you can make this one for less than $200.

The baluster legs will have to be purchased separately. They cost anywhere from $29 to $263 for each leg, depending on the type of wood that it is made from.

This plan includes links for all the necessary purchases. The rest of the lumber will cost less than $100 and you will have to finish the table really well to make it stand out.

You get a complete plan with measurements, tool, and cutting lists. This table is 55 inches long, 33 inches wide and 17 inches high.

5. Pottery Barn Inspired Benchwright Coffee Table Plan

Pottery Barn Inspired Benchwright Coffee Table Plan

With a length of 55 inches, a width of 27 inches and an 18-inch height, this coffee table stands out for its 2 drawers and middle leg design.

It is inspired by the pottery barn coffee table and can be modified in many ways to create a more customized table. This plan includes a 12-step building guide.

Included in this guide is a material list, a tool list, and a cut list. It uses a combination of boards, which include 1x12s, 1x6s, 2x6s and many others.

This rustic coffee table is built using pine boards and cost about $100 to build. A similar table which inspired this one sells for $699.

6. Chunky DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

Chunky DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

This table is so stylish and very heavily made. Although it features a farmhouse design, it can still be used in or changed to different settings.

Its material list includes 4x4s, 2x4s, 2x6s and 2x10s. The 4x4s are used for the feet, which are 17 inches high. The table is 50 inches long and 27 inches wide.

The step by step guide takes you through the process of building this unique table frame, including the addition of Xs.

The choice of finish can make quite a difference here. Unlike this design that features a waxed tabletop with semi-gloss coating, you could take a totally different finishing approach if you wish.

7. Ottoman Style DIY Hardwood Coffee Table

Ottoman Style DIY Hardwood Coffee Table

This coffee table mixes style with storage and functionality. Its style is modern and classy, allowing it to fit into most living room designs.

There are 4 ottomans which are part of this table. 2 are for storage, while the other 2 are for seating. This table offers them storage space when they are not in use.

The building plans are very detailed and include detailed measurements. The design itself is simple, so the plan is easy to understand and to follow.

Plans for the ottomans are not included. You will have to either buy or build those by yourself. One thing to remember though is the ottoman's measurements before building this table.

8. DIY Upcycled Crate Coffee Table Plan

DIY Upcycled Crate Coffee Table Plan

This coffee table provides a lot of things at once. It offers a tabletop with a space for a flower pot and it provides enough storage space underneath.

The plan is straight to the point and requires just 4 crates and a piece of plywood. The wooden crates can be gotten for about $15 each.

Crates are painted or stained first, then casters are drilled onto the plywood before the crates become arranged on it.

All the supplies used in this project should cost about $75, which is a great price for such a sturdy and stylish coffee table.

9. Customizable DIY Coffee Table Plan

Customizable DIY Coffee Table Plan

This plan is designed for advanced builders and is rated to take about one weekend to complete. It includes woodwork and an acrylic sheet.

Its tool list includes all standard carpentry tools including a paintbrush and roller. The material list includes plywood and poplar boards.

This guide includes extra PDF files for the cutting list and for the real project plans.

The plans go into detail and show every important aspect, from building the side frames, to the legs, the upper shelf, and the display tray.

10. Megan's DIY Balustrade Coffee Table Plan

Megan's DIY Balustrade Coffee Table Plan

Designed to look exactly like the $1,495 balustrade coffee table from Restoration Hardware, this table cost just $200 and Megan completed it in about 12 hours.

Megan's table is lovely because she spent about 5 hours out of the 12 to sand and stain it and all that hard work shows.

This guide starts with the material list and then a cut list. She uses pocket holes to hold the 1x6 boards together, which make up the table top and bottom.

There is no exact step by step guide in this tutorial, but Megan added a lot of pictures and instructions, making each step of the building process very clear.

11. West Elm Inspired DIY Plank Coffee Table

West Elm Inspired DIY Plank Coffee Table

Here is another construction which was created to look like a more expensive version from a catalog. This time, the catalog version cost $999, but this DIY coffee table was built for just $45.

Some of the wood for this table came from pallets, while others were purchased. The guide begins with a material list, a tool list, and a cut list, which is downloadable as JPEG pictures.

You will need to make lots of 45-degree cuts in this project. The table is 30 inches wide by 30 inches long and about 15 inches high.

The entire tutorial is divided into 12 steps, taking you from the cutting of the boards to the final sanding, staining, and waxing of the table.

12. 19-Step DIY Coffee Table Plan

19-Step DIY Coffee Table Plan

This DIY Coffee table plan will take about 4 hours to complete and cost about $45. It lists all the tools and materials that you'll need, which include 4x4s for the legs.

The 19-step building guide begins with the cutting, which requires a lot of miter saw action. The next step shows you where to drill pocket holes.

All of the next steps are also presented clearly with pictures to make them easily understood. Once the frame is finished, this table's beauty starts to show.

Jen chose to stain it in the end, but you can also choose other finishing options.

13. Simple & Nice DIY Copper Coffee Table

Simple & Nice DIY Copper Coffee Table

Kate is a passionate designer and you can easily see that from this table. She went her own way to design and create a lovely and functional work of art.

This copper table takes coffee table ideas to the next level, by creating something that is so simple and yet so unique.

She simply bought the copper pipes, the copper elbows, the wood board, glue and tube straps. The plenty pictures on the site tell the rest of the story. 

14. DIY Upcycled Danish Coffee Table Plan

DIY Upcycled Danish Coffee Table Plan

This one comes from Erin Francois and she did an amazing job, transforming a boring table into a lovely Danish coffee table.

The key here is the Danish table legs that she got from an online store. She also got an old table for peanuts from the Salvation Army.

Erin uses lots of pictures in this guide, including a picture of all the materials and tools that she used in the project.

She painted the table's top with a white epoxy spray paint, which made it both easy to clean and sparkling new.

15. DIY Mid-Century Coffee Table

DIY Mid-Century Coffee Table

Building your own coffee table can be fun, but what happens when you are in love with vintage stuff? Well, you build a vintage coffee table.

This table does have that vintage vibe to it, yet it's also quite modern. It cost $94 to make and should take a few hours to complete. 

This guide is very detailed with pictures and easy to understand and follow.

The table top is made from birch plywood, but it is the round taper table legs and angled top plates, which finish off the vintage look here.

16. Rustic DIY Stenciled Pallet Wood Coffee Table Plan

Rustic DIY Stenciled Pallet Wood Coffee Table Plan

Heather built this unique and sturdy coffee table using pallet wood and 4x4s for the legs. The tutorial is simple and straight to the point and has lots of pictures.

The table is easy to build and can easily be copied by anyone. What makes it stand out is the finishing she gave it using stencils and a coat of matte Polycrylic.

If you have access to pallet wood, then you can build this table very cheaply. You can also decide to give it your own unique finish, turning it into an outstanding piece of furniture.

17. DIY Round Coffee Table Plan

DIY Round Coffee Table Plan

This table makes a statement on its own sitting in Liz's living room. It is the result of an upcycled dining table plus a new base.

Your design may turn out different because no one can guarantee that you will find this same type of rustic beat up table to upcycle.

What Liz and her hubby did was to saw off the table's base and add a new one. This should hopefully inspire you any day you may decide to check out junk furniture for sale.

18. Fun DIY 2x4 Boards Coffee Table Plan

Fun DIY 2x4 Boards Coffee Table Plan

Elsie and Emma like to make things that are fun and this coffee table is no exception. It is stylish and sturdy at the same time.

Simply looking at it and seeing a picture of its underside will tell you how it was built. Yes, it's a very simple design, but also very stylish.

The best part of this coffee table are the 2x4 boards that overlap each other on the ends, creating that unique look.

Following this guide will inspire you to build something equally as lovely. Elsie and Emma may not be the best carpenters, but they sure do know style.

19. Antique Factory Cart DIY Coffee Table Plan

Antique Factory Cart DIY Coffee Table Plan

Measuring 45 inches in length and 24 inches in width, this coffee table is designed to look like an antique factory cart.

You are free to make modifications to the plan though and to create a more modern-looking table using this plan.

Everything is provided, from a material list to a tool list, cut list, and detailed measurements. There is also a 5-step guide to building the table.

This project will cost you between $50 and $100, depending on your choice of wood and casters.

20. $100 Factory Cart DIY Coffee Table Plan

$100 Factory Cart DIY Coffee Table Plan

This DIY wooden coffee table is also designed to look like a factory cart and even includes a rope pull handle, which makes it look amazing.

The boards were pulled out from a fence being repaired, so they looked a little old. Leaving the boards that way gave them their unique look.

The legs were made from 4x4s and the old boards were added only after the table's frame was complete. 

This detailed plan contains plenty of instructions and pictures, which explain every part of the building process.

21. Farmhouse Style DIY Coffee Table Plan

Farmhouse Style DIY Coffee Table Plan

This farmhouse style coffee table is sturdy and massive. Measuring 46 x 38 inches, it rests on 4x4 legs, giving it a solid and reliable look.

A material list is included, plus a list of the needed tools, and then the building instructions. There is also a link to a previous plan upon which this table design is based.

This tutorial is presented in a step by step manner, although there are no numbered steps. Pictures provide a lot of detail and you can easily follow along.

The best part of this design though is the dark-stain and the wax. The lumber alone cost less than $50 for this table, which is pretty good when you compare the table's size.

22. Amy's Amazing DIY Crate Coffee Table with Stools Plan

Amy's Amazing DIY Crate Coffee Table with Stools Plan

Amy the tractor driving mom, created a DIY masterpiece with this one. Her creativity is so admirable and she really knows her to do her own thing.

The beauty of this table and stools set lies in the combination of colors and textures. The staining of the tabletop, with the white painted crates and the cushioned seats.

You can freely download the plans in a PDF file. The table is 42 inches long and 27 inches wide. It is about 15 inches high, allowing its interior to be used for crate storage.

Amy takes you through a 14-step guide, detailing each step of the building process. She also shows how to make the upholstery for the crate stools.

23. The Sawhorse DIY Coffee Table Plan

The Sawhorse DIY Coffee Table Plan

Coming from Jamison, aka Rogue Engineer, this table looks more technical than artistic. It is sturdy, durable, and can handle heavy loads.

This table is 18 inches high, 29 inches wide, and 54 inches long. At the end of the build, Jamison also used a torch to enhance the wood's patterns before staining it.

Everything you need to build this sawhorse coffee table is included in this guide. You get a material and tool list, detailed plans with measurements, and a cut list.

There is also a downloadable PDF file with the plans. This project should cost about $25 in lumber.

24. Brown & Black DIY Industrial Coffee Table Plan

Brown & Black DIY Industrial Coffee Table Plan

This plan belongs to one of the simple coffee table plans that almost anyone can make. The tabletop is made from 2x6s and stained brown, while the rest of the frame was done using 2x2s.

Making this table is simple. You just have to start with the frame, which is 48 inches long and 20 inches wide. This tutorial includes lots of pictures that show you the steps.

Most beginners will find this project simple and interesting. It is also affordable at $75, which includes the cost of all necessary supplies.

25. DIY Elegant Mahogany Coffee Table Plan

DIY Elegant Mahogany Coffee Table Plan

If you are ready to join the league of master woodworkers, then this is one coffee table to pay attention to. Designed by the furniture designer Mario Rodriguez, this table is simply elegant.

This guide includes a download link for the plans, which goes into detail about all the building steps.

The entire construction is made from mahogany and a lot of time has to be spent in sculpting and shaping the legs to give them that unique shape.

This project is simply not for beginners because it requires some skills, but anyone who is passionate enough can try it out.

26. Carrera Marble DIY Coffee Table Plan

Carrera Marble DIY Coffee Table Plan

Making your own coffee table is an art and that means that you are free to express yourself. This coffee table is made from marble and is different from all the others in this list.

The hairpin legs are made from metal, but you are free to choose whatever type of legs you want.

If you plan to work with marble, then you should know that it is heavy. Use plywood that is thick enough and buy or make strong legs.

Otherwise, this tutorial is simple and is made up of simple steps.

27. DIY Miniature Coffee Table Plan

DIY Miniature Coffee Table Plan

Okay, so this one is not exactly a coffee table for the living room, but it is still a beautiful table. Designed for Barbie, it is a miniature table which is perfect for dollhouses.

This guide uses pictures in a step by step manner to teach. Most of the work is done using cardboard and glue.

In the end, you get a miniature coffee table, which would look amazing inside any dollhouse. You will also have learned how to make miniature furniture.

28. Mission Style DIY Coffee Table Plan

Mission Style DIY Coffee Table Plan

This coffee table plan is designed in traditional mission furniture style. It also uses quartersawn white oak, although you could use a different type of wood if you like.

If you are looking for a simple coffee table plan, then you might want to skip this one because it is neither simple nor easy.

The tutorial is very detailed but lacks pictures. There is a detailed plan with all the measurements and parts that will go into this table, but you need woodworking experience to understand it.

29. Simple Mission Style DIY Coffee Table

Simple Mission Style DIY Coffee Table

This one is a simpler coffee table plan in the same mission style of the American arts and crafts movement of the 20th century.

This guide is very detailed and contains pictures all the way, explaining every step of the process. There is also a downloadable PDF file with a detailed plan and material list.

Oak is the timber of choice for mission furniture, but you are free to make changes here. If you are into mission furniture, then this is one project that is worth trying out.

30. Wood Pallet DIY Modern Coffee Table Plan

Wood Pallet DIY Modern Coffee Table Plan

If you enjoy up-cycling stuff, then this could be a fun project to try your hands on. It takes a simple wood pallet and makes an amazing coffee table out of it.

You will need just one pallet, 2 pieces of plywood for the tabletop and bottom, and caster wheels to make the table mobile.

This tutorial shows you how to go about building this pallet coffee table, including how to paint it and add a doily pattern. This project is beginner friendly. You cannot go wrong with it.

31. Japanese Influenced DIY Coffee Table Plan

Japanese Influenced DIY Coffee Table Plan

Coming from the Woodworkers Institute, this guide offers just one picture of the finished table. It is cute and beautiful, but there are no other diagrams here.

You get a very detailed guide, but there are neither diagrams nor photos to help your imagination.

This project is for experienced woodworkers, who don't need anyone to hold their hands and to lead them step by step to create a coffee table.

If you are going to take on this project, then you should know what you are doing.

32. Ashley's DIY Balustrade Coffee Table Plan

Ashley's DIY Balustrade Coffee Table Plan

There are many different kinds of free coffee table plans with balusters, but Ashley's plan gives it a twist by bringing the legs closer together.

Her tutorial is lively with pictures and explains everything in detail. She also shows how she got that lovely color effect by first painting with chalk paint before staining the table.

This table is 50 inches long, 22 inches wide, and 16 inches high.

She includes a link to the plans, which is hosted on BuildSomething. It includes a material and cut list, as well as an 11-step guide.

33. Outdoor DIY Wooden Coffee Table

Outdoor DIY Wooden Coffee Table

This simple outdoor DIY wooden coffee table from Ana White is so simple to make and equally cheap. It will cost anywhere between $20 and $50, depending on your choice of wood.

The table is 42 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 18 inches high.

There is a material list, a tool list and a cut list in this guide, plus a 9-step building tutorial, which shows you how to make the table.

Finishing options are up to you, though you should remember to use a finish made for the outdoors.

34. DIY Upcycled Thrift Store Coffee Table

DIY Upcycled Thrift Store Coffee Table

What Kara did here, was to purchase a table she liked from a thrift store because of the table's legs and then upcycle it.

Because the tabletop was too small, she purchased a 4 ft. by 2 ft. birch board, some glue, and a can of wood stain. 

Pictures tell the rest of the story, from how she glued the birch board onto the table, creating a larger tabletop, to how she beautified it.

This should hopefully give you an idea of how to upcycle old tables that you love in one way or the other.

35. Pottery Barn Inspired DIY 3-Drawer Coffee Table Plan

Pottery Barn Inspired DIY 3-Drawer Coffee Table Plan

Combining 3 drawers with a lovely and classy design, this coffee table plan is designed after a more expensive $700 version.

It cost just $60 in lumber to build and you even get to make any modifications that you want because you are building it by yourself.

This coffee table is 4 feet long, 23 inches wide and 18 inches high. There is a material list, too list, cut list, and 12-step guide included as part of this plan.

36. Farmhouse Style DIY Rustic Coffee Table Plan

Farmhouse Style DIY Rustic Coffee Table Plan

For about $50, you could build this unique coffee table for yourself. Its design stands out very well and it is inspired by the Arhaus rustic farmhouse table.

You will need quite a few 1x3 and 1x4 boards. The material list is detailed and this guide also includes a tool list and 7-step guide.

This table is 28 inches wide, 48 inches long, and 21 inches high. This project should take under 4 hours to complete, and it requires only simple tools.

37. Ana White's Rustic X Coffee Table plan

Ana White's Rustic X Coffee Table plan

This rustic coffee table plan includes an X between each pair of legs, making it a remarkable piece of furniture.

It is 52 inches long, 27 inches wide, and 18 inches high. The material list includes 2x4s for the legs and 2x2s for the side trims and X mark.

The tutorial is delivered in 5 steps and ends with the building of the tabletop. The choice of finish here is left for you to decide.

There is also a PDF version of this plan, which you can download and print out.

38. Salvaged Door DIY Coffee Table Plan

Salvaged Door DIY Coffee Table Plan

There are times when you come up with an idea that might sound crazy at first, but then it turns out to be something cool later. This coffee table is one of such ideas.

This guide basically shows you how Cane and Rita came about building their unique piece of furniture. It is green, it is fun, it is thought-provoking, and it is cheap, at only $30.

Building such a piece of art requires you to first have access to old doors. If you don't, then you can search a recycled house parts warehouse.

The rest of the steps are clearly shown using pictures. You can also decide to add casters or to leave them out.

39. $15 DIY Simple & Fast Coffee Table Plan

$15 DIY Simple & Fast Coffee Table Plan

This is one simple and fast DIY coffee table plan that you can complete in as little as 30 minutes. It cost $15 to make, $5 of which was spent on the tile used as a tabletop.

The tile used here measures 12x24 inches, which is a great size. All you have to do is to build a coffee table frame and then attach the tile on top and you are done.

There are plenty of pictures in the 5-step building guide showing you how to bring this coffee table idea into reality.

The coffee table frame is built using 2x2s and if you want it to be fixed to the tile, you could either use glue or add a trim around the tabletop to hold the tile in place.

40. Amazing DIY Suitcase Coffee Table 

Amazing DIY Suitcase Coffee Table

This is one of the most amazing coffee table ideas one can think of. It is not just a suitcase, but a classic suitcase with a style that is fondly remembered.

Of course, you would need a suitcase and 4 legs to build this project. You will also need a large wooden board or plywood to use as the table's base.

The final cost of such a project will depend on the type of suitcase that you decide to use and on if you plan to add any extras. This 7-step guide leads you through all the necessary steps.

You can also use the interior of the suitcase for storage or even build a pull-out drawer into it, the choice is all yours.

41. $100 Pottery Barn Inspired Coffee Table Plan

$100 Pottery Barn Inspired Coffee Table Plan

The Pottery Barn Taylor coffee table is beautiful, classy, practical and expensive. It costs $700, but you can build this replica for just $100.

Ana White presents the project which Whitney from Shanty2Chic completed. It is 50 inches long, 25 inches wide, and 15 inches high without casters, which add extra 3 inches.

You get the material list, cut list, tool list and step by step instructions for building this table. It is beginner friendly and can be completed easily by almost anyone.

Each of the steps contains a diagram with detailed dimensions, letting you know what's going on.

42. DIY Tribal Top Coffee Table Plan

DIY Tribal Top Coffee Table Plan

This tutorial is a very educative one. It teaches you in a very simple manner, how to make amazing patterns using pieces of wood.

First, the coffee table looks simple but modern. It has hairpin legs and a distinctive pattern on top which makes it outstanding. It is 34 x 34 inches long and wide, and 17 inches high.

There is a material, tool, and cut list, which also shows you how to cut the 1x2 boards in order to use them and create the pattern.

Another lovely lesson here is the different effects that a torch can be used to create on pieces of wood. This is a great woodworking coffee table lesson.

43. Stenciled Sawhorse DIY Coffee Table Guide

Stenciled Sawhorse DIY Coffee Table Guide

This project doesn't teach much but it does show you what you can possibly build. The sawhorse was already there, so if you don't have one, you may have to build it.

What Donna did here was to simply add pallet boards on top to create a large tabletop. She then stenciled it, which is what she loves to do.

This sawhorse coffee table could or could not be for you, but if it gets your creative juices flowing, then go for it.

44. Jenni's Wood Slab DIY Coffee Table Plan

Jenni's Wood Slab DIY Coffee Table Plan

Jenni is a simple and lovely lady, who built this simple and lovely coffee table with her dad. You will need a wooden slab and 4 hairpin legs or any other legs you can find.

The plan is to cut the wooden slab into the perfect shape that you need, then attach the legs beneath.

The next step is to sand, stain, and wax your new tabletop and that's it!

We have reached the end of this list and I hope you are inspired already.

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I would also love to hear from you. Please let me know what style of coffee table you are planning to build.

And don't forget to have fun building it!