38 Stylish DIY Side Table Plans with Tuitorials

diy side table

The small and simple design of the side table means that it can be functional in almost any room in the house.

Whether you want something to hold a lampshade in the bedroom or small decorative items in the living room, a side table will always be handy.

Although side tables are quite cheap, it is not always easy to find something that suits your needs or is stylish enough for your home. And so the best idea is to build a DIY side table.

Building a side table is a fun and simple weekend project that anyone with beginner woodworking skills can implement.

If you are looking to add this beautiful piece of furniture to your home here are some easy-to-build, and inexpensive DIY side table plans to help you out.

1. DIY $12 Curvy Side Table

DIY $12 Curvy Side Table

You do not need a lot of materials or to spend a lot of cash to build a contemporary side table because you can make one like this for just $12.

This DIY side table uses a 2x10 lumber piece, and you will also need about a dozen 2 1/2-inch self-tapping pocket screws, wood glue, sandpaper, filler and paint or stain.

The Her Tool Belt article provides some easy to follow 5-step instructions for making the 23 and 27-inch side tables, and there are also some helpful pictures for different stages of the build.

2. Rustic Square Bedside Table

Rustic Square Bedside Table

I love anything rustic because it always seems to add some style and glamour to any room. This simple square bedside table proves this, and it is one of those that I must build at some point.

You can build this 24x24 inches homemade side table for under $25 and do it in just one day. Everything that you will need is in on the lists of tools and materials that the Rogue Engineer tutorial provides.

The free DIY side table plans also provide a cut list, some step by step guidelines with 3D images and you can even get the plans in a printable PDF format.

3. Himmeli DIY Side Table with Copper Pipe Base

Himmeli DIY Side Table with Copper Pipe Base

Those that like to try sleek and contemporary DIY projects will love this side table. It has an imposing look, and it will spice up the appearance of any room.

This beautiful DIY side table features a walnut veneer plywood board for the top and some copper pipes for the base. But the design of the copper pipe base is what stands out.

Although this side table design might look complicated, it is still possible to replicate it by following the 5-step instructions that use both text and pictures to explain the construction.

It is possible to finish this DIY side table in one weekend or even a day depending on your skill level.

4. The DIY Mid Century Side Table

The DIY Mid Century Side Table

The simplicity and level of creativity on this side table is just amazing, and it is one of those things that will always amaze your guests.

This DIY side table combines a 16x2 cake pan with an 18-inch round board and three 16-inch trapper legs to create an adorable side table with a closable storage. You can use it to store your remotes, magazines, notebooks and any other small items.

There is not a lot of construction that you need to do for this project, and it is also quite cheap. And with the detailed text tutorial and a few pictures you should have this elegant side table in your living room in no time.

5. Simple and Basic Complementary Side Table

Simple and Basic Complementary Side Table

The angles on this side table will discourage some DIYers from building it but they should not because it is a straightforward project to replicate since the design is not very complicated.

It cost about $35 to make one of these DIY side tables, and with the right tools and materials, you can do it in just 4 hours.

This Build Basic project comes with tools, materials and cutting lists that will help you get started. And once you have everything you need, you can make the side table by following the 19-step instructions that also include a picture for each step.

6. DIY Nesting Side Tables with a Cottage Charm

DIY Nesting Side Tables with a Cottage Charm

Anyone with at least beginner woodworking skills and a budget of between $20 and $50 can build these beautiful nesting side tables as they are simple.

These free side table plans are from Ana White, and so you can be sure that they have all the information that you might need to implement the project.

Regardless of the side table size you want, you will need 2x4s, 1x4s, pocket hole screws and a few other materials and tools.

There are some in-depth steps or instructions to follow to make these side tables, and the tutorial also provides some useful 3D SketchUp with the dimensions. 

7. The Sheet Music Side Table

The Sheet Music Side Table

Sometimes enhancing the look of an old side table is all it takes to have that beautiful DIY side table that you have always wanted.

For this project, it is not about making a side table but spicing up the appearance of an old white one with sheet music to create a very charming piece of furniture.

With some old sheet music, decoupage medium (mod podge) and a couple of hours to spare you can create this beautiful piece from your old side table.

8. Homemade Round Side Table

Homemade Round Side Table

Round side tables may seem harder to make than the common square ones, but they are not. You can create this small round table in just a few hours, and it does not take a lot of skills or effort.

You will only spend about $30 on all the lumber that you need for this project, and so it is a quick and inexpensive DIY project.

This Shanty2Chic article guides you through the entire construction using both text and tutorial, and there is information on making everything from the round top to assembling the table.

9. DIY Tree Slab Side Table

DIY Tree Slab Side Table

You do not need to waste a lot of time trying to figure out how to build a side table because you can make one like this with just a tree slab and hairpin legs.

This DIY side table is one of the most straightforward projects that I have seen in a long time, and it only takes a few minutes to implement. All you need to do is to screw in the legs to the tree slab, and you have a beautiful side table with a rustic look.

Although there is a lot of text description and some pictures in this article, you will not even need them for the construction because this is just a straightforward project.

10. Easy Step Ladder Side Table

Easy Step Ladder Side Table

With a little inventiveness, you can make a DIY side table from almost anything or make it look like anything that you want.

This step ladder side table uses an old ladder with chipped paint for a rustic look at the base, some car registration plates, and circular glass top.

The project is just about drilling some holes on the glass top and attaching it on the step ladder. And so the absence of a tutorial should not prevent you from making this DIY side table as it is just straightforward.

11. Under $30 Wire Bin DIY Side Table

Under $30 Wire Bin DIY Side Table

DIY side tables are always cheap to build, and you can make them with material that you can purchase at local retail stores such as Home Depot, Target or any other store.

You can build a DIY side table like this one for under $30, and you will need a wire bin, a 3/4-inch 1x17 laminated round panel, wood stain, latex paint and spray paint.

Since there is no a lot of cutting or assembling that you need to do, most of the work will go into staining and painting. But, the tutorial explains all you need to do and provides some pictures to make this an easy-to-implement DIY project.

12. The Industrial DIY Side Table

The Industrial DIY Side Table

This DIY side table plan combines some galvanized pipes with an oak wood shelf to create a unique side table.

The industrial look comes from aging the galvanized pipes which you can do at home by following the directions on the tutorial. And once you do this you only need to join the tubes with your oak board to make the side table.

This project will take about one weekend to create, and you will spend about $100 on the wood and galvanized pipes. The pictures and text guidelines will make everything easy for you.

13. DIY IKEA Hack Side Table

DIY IKEA Hack Side Table

Unique side table designs like this one may look hard to implement and expensive, but in most cases, they are not. For this particular project, you will spend about $35, and you should be able to finish it in a few minutes

You will only need three things for this project which are the IKEA shelving unit, 4-inch wooden table legs and a drill and drill bit.

The construction only entails drilling the shelving unit to put in the legs, and the pictures and text tutorials on this Sugar and Cloth article will explain all you need to do.

14. The Upcycled DIY Side Table

The Upcycled DIY Side Table

Here is another DIY side table project that does not entail building the table but instead you have to upcycle your old one to give it a more appealing appearance.

This project is all about painting and giving your old side table a distressed look, and so it should not take a lot of time to do this.

You will need some furniture wax and latex paint or dark acrylic. And once you have the materials the article provides directions on how to give the side table a facelift.

15. DIY Living Room Side Table

DIY Living Room Side Table

This living room side table will cost just $10 to make as it does not use a lot of wood. You will need 1x4, 2x6 and 1x3 lumber pieces and all are quite affordable.

There is a small list in the tutorial that provides specific dimensions and quantity of all the wood that you need, and it is enough to get you started.

For the construction guide, you will get some text and picture tutorial that comes with detailed steps instructions for easy understanding and implementation.

16. Repurposed Ottoman to Side Table

Repurposed Ottoman to Side Table

If you have a wooden ottoman, you should not have any difficulties building a side table because you can repurpose it quickly.

Repurposing your old ottoman will require you to do some sanding and painting to give it a distressed look. And once you do this the only other thing is to put some wooden legs.

It should be just a one-day DIY side table project, and the text tutorial with lots of pictures should make the repurposing simple.

17. Small Square MDF Board and Copper Tubing Side Table

Small Square MDF Board and Copper Tubing Side Table

This small coffee table uses an MDF board, coffee tubing, and some epoxy glue. You will also need to paint the board to give the side table a colorful look.

There is nothing much to do besides from measuring and cutting the copper tubing before gluing them on the board. And so this project should only take a few hours.

This Design Sponge side table is also quite inexpensive to build because you will not need a lot of material. Making it should also be quite a straightforward process because the pictures and in-depth text description will guide you through the entire process.

18. 1-Day Industrial Rectangular Side Table

1-Day Industrial Rectangular Side Table

Industrial side tables are unique, and they will always add some style to your living room or bedroom. This one uses sanded pine plywood for the top, and 14-gauge plated slotted angles.

This adorable side table only takes one day to build, and you will spend less than $100 to make it.

The Lowes DIY tutorial provides some easy to follow instructions with pictures that are divided into 4 steps to make this an easy project for you.

19. Wooden Circular Top DIY Side Table

Wooden Circular Top DIY Side Table

This side table design is one of the cheapest to build, and so it will be an excellent choice if you desire to make a wooden side table without spending much.

The lumber that you need to make this side table will cost about $5, and the paint is only $2. Even if you have to buy the pocket hole screws and wood glue, it will still be a cheap project.

For the tutorial, you will get some helpful pictures for different stages of the build and text tutorial to explain everything you need to do at each step.

20. Modern Acrylic DIY Side Table

Modern Acrylic DIY Side Table

You can make this chic and modern side table by repurposing things that you already have at home. It entails putting a 16x20 acrylic box frame on some folding legs from a TV tray.

Other things that you might also need for this project are glue and some decorative brass corners, but there is a complete supplies list on the In MY Own Style tutorial.

Once you gather all the supplies, you can build this DIY side table in six easy steps that the tutorial explains with both pictures and text description.

21. Unique DIY Side Table From 2x6s 

Unique DIY Side Table From 2x6s

A unique DIY side table design like this one will stand out in any room that you place it. It uses some 2x6 and 1x2 lumber pieces.

And apart from the lumber, you will also need a miter saw, nail gun, screws and drill, polyurethane and some wood stain.

The side table design might look a little complicated, but anyone with beginner woodworking skills can make it in just a few hours. And there are lots of images to help you figure it out.

22. Quick DIY Wooden Block and IKEA Hamper Side Table

Quick DIY Wooden Block and IKEA Hamper Side Table

If you have an IKEA hamper lying around here is a project that will help you put it to good use. You will not even need any power tools to make this side table, and you can build it in a couple of hours.

Apart from the old IKEA hamper you will also need a wooden block, wood stain, and sandpaper. This inexpensive side table will look good in almost any room.

The few pictures in this tutorial and the brief text description should help you understand what you need to do to make the side table.

23. Simple 18x18 Homemade Side Table

Simple 18x18 Homemade Side Table

Wooden side tables are easy to build, and they will always look great in your home. This 18x18 one uses a large board for the top, and you will also need some 1x4s, 2x2s, and 1x1s.

Building this side table will only require you to measure, cut and assemble the different pieces. This tutorial provides some pictures and a text guide to help you make this simple side table.

This side table will be an inexpensive to implement project because the lumber pieces that you need are easy to get and quite affordable,

24. Hairpin Leg DIY Side Table

Hairpin Leg DIY Side Table

Hairpin legs can help you make some unique furniture pieces that will add some style to your living space. Here they combine with some 1x8 and 1x6 white common boards to create a very customizable side table.

This side table project is for anyone with beginner to intermediate woodworking skills, and it will be a perfect weekend project.

The Homedit article provides a comprehensive list of all the material that you will need, some pictures and a text tutorial to make this a simple project for you.

25. DIY Rustic Tree Trunk Side Table

DIY Rustic Tree Trunk Side Table

I love this rustic side table idea as it is straightforward but still looks fantastic. All you need is a large tree trunk or log, some casters and clear polyurethane.

You can build this side table in just a few minutes because you only need to cut the trunk to the size that you prefer, apply the polyurethane and finish by screwing in the casters.

Despite this being a straightforward side table plan there are still lots of pictures and some step by step guidelines to help you out.

26. Cheap Wooden Crate Side table

Cheap Wooden Crate Side table

If you have some leftover lumber pieces in the workshop or an old wooden crate here is how to put them to good use.

This project entails forming a simple wood crate with some partitioning to create a shelf and staining it. And so besides from the lumber and stain you will also need 4 casters.

This project should only take a few hours to implement, and the photos and text tutorial will offer you the guideline that you need for the construction.

27. Simple Kitchen Side Table with a Drawer

Simple Kitchen Side Table with a Drawer

A side table can also provide some additional space for your kitchen. This simple one features some unique leg design and a shelf for some extra space.

It will cost about $70 to make this side table depending on the material that you already have at home. And it should only take a few hours to build the sleek and functional side table.

This tutorial provides the complete list of materials, and there is some detailed step by step directions that will take you through the entire construction.

28. DIY Dipped 3-Legged Side Table

DIY Dipped 3-Legged Side Table

Color can make a huge difference in your side table, and it might be just what you need to give it a chic look. For this particular one, the color is all white but with a portion of the legs dipped in gold paint.

This table should be straightforward to construct, and it will also not take long to complete. You will only need a circular board for the top and three table legs.

Since there is not a lot of lumber and other materials, this will also be an inexpensive project, and the short text tutorial and pictures will be enough to help you with the construction.

29. Under $56 Mid-Century Side Table

Under $56 Mid-Century Side Table

It is hard to believe that this side table will cost less than $56 to build as it looks very sleek and classy.

The laptop stand, wood plank, wood stain, and polyurethane are the primary materials that you will need for this DIY project. Everything you need is easy to get and also inexpensive.

There is nothing much that you need to do besides from attaching the wood plank to your laptop stand. And so it should only take a couple of hours to implement this Primer Magazine side table plan.

30. DIY Cardboard Tube Bedside Table

DIY Cardboard Tube Bedside Table

This side table design is unique, and it will only take $27 to build. You will need some round wood top and bottom, but you can also use some scrap lumber for the base.

With these top and bottom pieces, some cardboard tube, tacks, and vinyl you will have all the materials that you need for this side table project.

The construction process is quite straightforward, and you will not need any particular skills because you only need to follow the picture and text instructions.

31. Homemade Studded Tree Stump Side Table

Homemade Studded Tree Stump Side Table

You can find a stump for free or for few dollars if you do not have one in your backyard. And once you let it dry out for a few months this is one of the best DIY projects that you can make.

For this side table project there is not a lot to do, and so it should only take one day. Once you cut your log to the ideal size, you will just need to paint the stump and nail in the upholstery studs.

There are some detailed steps on this A Beautiful Mess tutorial that will help you make this unique tree stump side table.

32. $15 DIY Ombre Stump Side Table

$15 DIY Ombre Stump Side Table

Sometimes a tree stump is all you need to make that beautiful side table that you have always wanted. And there are various stump table designs that you can use.

This project is also quite straightforward because you will only need to cut the stump to the size that you desire and sand it.

All the materials that you will need to convert this stump into a beautiful side table will cost under $15, and so this is quite an inexpensive DIY project.

33. DIY Record Side Table

DIY Record Side Table

If you like upcycling stuff here is an attractive side table plan that you should try out. It will take a short time to build once you gather the materials, and you will not even need to buy anything.

You will need a planter stand, vinyl record, and some hot glue. And once you have all these things you only need to follow the short 5-step instruction on the tutorial, and you will have a beautiful record side table.

The size of the side table will depend on the planter stand that you have or what you can get.

34. Small Sturdy Side Table with Shelf and Drawer

Small Sturdy Side Table with Shelf and Drawer

This DIY side table project uses 1x6s, 1x2s, 1x4s, and 1x3s to create a small but very functional piece that includes both a shelf and drawer.

Cutting and assembling the lumber pieces to create the frame of this side table should not be hard since the Design Sponge article provides some photos and text tutorial.

Also, this tutorial provides some detailed instruction on how to make the drawer and the dimensions for the lumber pieces.

35. Upcycled Old Door Into Side Table

Upcycled Old Door Into Side Table

Before you think of throwing out that old door from your past renovation or remodeling project you can try making it into something useful like a side table that will also look good in your home.

It is hard to tell that this beautiful side table comes from an old door as it has some unique legs and a sleek overall appearance.

Although this side table design might look complicated, it is still easy to replicate by following the detailed text tutorial and using the pictures as inspiration.

36. The Elegant DIY Step Up Side Table

The Elegant DIY Step Up Side Table

This Ana White project uses some MDF boards to make a 22 1/2-inch tall side table with a unique shape that will stand out in any room.

The tutorial provides everything from the complete material and cutting lists to the step by step instructions with some 3D SketchUp.

This DIY side table project will take just one weekend to build and a budget of between $20 and $50. You can also get the free side table plans in a PDF format.

37. Spruced Up DIY Tree Stump Side Table with Casters

Spruced Up DIY Tree Stump Side Table with Casters

Here is yet another tree stump side table that looks fantastic. The unique shape of the tree stump adds to the aesthetic appeal of the side table. You can also get one like this or even a more impressive one if you look around.

With your dry tree stump, sander, wood stain and some casters, you have all the material that you will need to make your unique DIY side table.

This side table design should be a straightforward project for any DIYer and beginner woodworker. And the few pictures and description should provide all the information you need to implement the project.

38. 4-Step DIY IKEA Side Table

4-Step DIY IKEA Side Table

This DIY side table plan builds around a $30 IKEA table, And since you already have all the parts that you need for the side table most of the work will go into sprucing it up.

You will need a marble contact paper, copper leaf, a paintbrush and a few other things that are on the tutorial's shopping list. Most of these are things that you might already have in the house and are also inexpensive if you need to buy them.

There are only 4 simple steps that you will need to make this IKEA side table, and the tutorial simplifies them to make it easy for anyone to implement. This side table project should only take a few hours at most to complete.

Now you have 38 different side table plans that you can use to build one for your living room, bedroom, and even the kitchen.

If you have tried one of the plans above or have some additional DIY side table ideas to add, feel free to leave your comment below.

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