DIY Coffee Tables: Ideas for Inspiration

A post on ideas for DIY coffee tables seemed like a perfect fit today. I’ve been hunting for the right coffee table for my living room, but so far have had no luck. We have a fireplace in our living room. **Let me stop there for a second. Yes, we live in Florida. And yes, we feel it gets cold enough to use it during the winter. ** Okay, back to the post.  Facing the fireplace is the couch in front of which the coffee table will sit. I need a table that we can put our feet up on and relax when the fire is going. Or anytime I just want to kick back in that room and read. All of our furniture has to be able to withstand 3 dogs, 2 cats and us. But it has to have style and be very comfortable. Since I’ve been unable to find what I want, I’ve been considering making my own.

If you want to make a unique coffee table, this is a chance to get very creative. Just about anything that can sit on the floor and offer surface space can work as a table. Sometimes you have to use a little imagination to get it to function properly, but that’s part of the fun.  In looking for inspiration for DIY coffee tables I came across some really cool ideas.

DIY Coffee Tables 


DIY Coffee Tables: Make a coffee table out of a salvaged window

Southern Hospitality


DIY Coffee Tables: Make a coffee table out of a wine barrel

Wine Enthusiast


DIY Coffee Tables: Make a coffee table by using an old trunk

Pottery Barn


DIY Coffee Table: Make a coffee table out of tree stumps

Thrifty and Chic


DIY Coffee Tables: Make a coffee table out of an old suitcase

Design Sponge


DIY Coffee Tables: Make a coffee table out of salvaged doors

This (sorta) Old Life


DIY Coffee Tables: Make a coffee table out of pallets

Retro To Go


DIY Coffee Tables: Industrial Side Tables used as Coffee Table



DIY Coffee Tables Industrial Coffee Table on Wheels


Have you ever built your own coffee table? What is the coolest thing you’ve ever seen repurposed as a coffee table?


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    When I was a little girl, my mom took an old library table and cut it down into a coffee table. It was from a fancy old library and had massive pillar legs and originally was high enough to stand at. Now it’s a coffee table height. They still have it and it’s great!

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    I love pieces that remind me of growing up or something my grandmother had in her house. They help me remember extra special memories. The second and third picture remind me of old memories. I look forward to following you including facebook and twitter. I found you on Souther Blog Hop. I grew up in Mobile, Alabama but now live Arkansas. I would love for you to visit me and follow me at:

    May God bless you and your blog, Diane Roark

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      Peggy Pardo says

      I feel the same way, Diane. I love it when I see a piece that reminds me of my childhood. Thank you for stopping by. I look forward to visiting your blog! See you there! 🙂

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    Love each of these coffee tables! I found an old wooden box that was used to ship produce about 50 years ago and use it in the den as a coffee table. It was green and the paint had chipped or rubbed off in places. Loved the hardware on it too! It still has the name on it and came from somewhere in Florida. It is also used as storage, hiding seasonal items! It was one of those things that not everyone has, and you can’t buy it in a furniture store! Made me love it more!!!

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    Ann Butler says

    I know it is sometimes hard to find just that right piece, but you will know it when you see it….and yes I agree it does get chilly in FL at times, my parents moved there many years ago and I have been there when it is chilly….so yea to a fireplace! I have one in our living room but then again I live in MN….so I need one sometimes year around…LOL!