How to create a customized, stylish and affordable coffee table that won't break the bank in 3 simple steps

Have you ever had a specific item in mind that you just can't seem to find in stores? Perhaps a coffee table with certain measurements, color, and style? If so, you're not alone. Many people end up DIY-ing their own furniture, and with these simple steps, you can create a beautiful coffee table for your living room, just like Benedicte did.

Here's how to do it

Step 1: Make Your Base

Begin by cutting your wooden board into the desired shape and size for your table top. Then, sand it down to ensure a smooth surface. This step is completely customizable, so feel free to make the table any shape or size that you prefer.

Step 2: Make Your Legs

Next, you'll need to make the legs for your coffee table. There are two different sizes you can choose from, depending on your preference.

Example 1 (The Big Leg):

  1. Cut out two wheels from the same wooden board.
  2. The diameter of the wheels should fit the base of the table, and they should not be bigger than the Ikea armrest tray width so that it can fit around the table.
  3. Cut a 2”x2” plank in the length of the Ikea tray minus the thickness of the two wheels. (Tray length - (wheel thickness x 2))
  4. Mount the two wheels and the 2x2 together with screws and glue, creating the inner structure of the table leg.
  5. Fix the inner structure to the tabletop using screws and glue.
  6. Wrap the Ikea tray around the inner structure and glue it to the leg, creating the fluted look.

Example 2 (The Small Leg):

  1. Cut the casting pipe into the height of the Ikea armrest tray.
  2. Cut out two wheels from the wooden board, using the casting pipe diameter as measurement.
  3. Fix the first wheel to the tabletop with screws and glue.
  4. Attach the pipe over the first wheel fixed on the tabletop using nails and glue.
  5. Secure the second wheel to the end of the pipe with nails and glue.
  6. Cut the Ikea armrest tray to a length that fits around the casting pipe, and glue it in place.

Step 3: Paint

To finish, paint and varnish the table to your liking.

And voila! Your new coffee table is complete. Not only does it fit perfectly in your living room, but it was also affordable and completely customizable to your preferences. So why not get creative and make your own DIY coffee table today?


Materials Needed:

  • Wooden board for the tabletop
  • Material for the base (excess material from a previous project can be used)
  • Casting pipe (not necessary if you follow Example 1)
  • Ikea Rödeby armrest tray
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Screws

CREATOR: Benedicte


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