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What Are the Best Tips for Making a DIY Coffee Table?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

Anyone with a bit of carpentry skills can make a DIY coffee table; the key to the project is being prepared and creative. The first step in making a DIY coffee table is determining where the table will be placed and what the general aesthetic of that space currently is. It is also a good idea to take accurate measurements of the space to determine how large or small of a table will be necessary for the room. Drawing up a budget for the project is also a good idea to ensure the table is affordable.

Making a DIY coffee table will require some carpentry tools, such as a saw, sander, drill, and maybe even a router. The specific tools needed for the job will depend entirely on the type of table being constructed. If wood is the material of choice for the DIY coffee table, it is likely that at least a circular saw will be necessary for the project, if not a hand saw for making smaller cuts. Assemble these tools ahead of time and be sure they are all present during the construction process. It is a good idea to familiarize oneself with the safety features of each tool before the project begins as well.

Basic carpentry skills will be needed to make a DIY coffee table.
Basic carpentry skills will be needed to make a DIY coffee table.

Consider materials very carefully when making a DIY coffee table. Various types of woods can boast different aesthetics and durability; other materials such as metal can also be durable and attractive, but metal can be more difficult to work with. It is also possible to find cast-off materials or vintage coffee tables that can be restored for use during the DIY project. Be creative with material choice, but remember the materials chosen for the project will need to be durable and sturdy enough to hold the weight of the items placed on the table at any given time.

Try to choose a DIY coffee table design that will be consistent with the existing aesthetic of the room. This does not mean, of course, that it is not possible to be creative or to create an eye-catching piece, but it is a good idea to ensure the new table blends in with the overall aesthetic of the room. Consider what materials and color schemes would look best with the existing furniture, walls, fixtures, and so on to come up with a design that will work well for that particular room.

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When making your own coffee table, it is important to make sure that the hardware you use is put into place securely. If you don't, you will risk of your table falling apart from frequent use.


Cherry is a great hardwood to use to make a DIY coffee table. It is beautiful and durable, yet easy to work with when you have the right tools. It makes an attractive coffee table that looks great in any living room.

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    • Basic carpentry skills will be needed to make a DIY coffee table.
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      Basic carpentry skills will be needed to make a DIY coffee table.