If you make one of these side tables you will be the only person with one like it. Yours will be your color, your piece of wood, your chosen legs, your height, and so on….customized to how you want it. The top three things I have in mind about the DIY furniture I create are that the furniture is: 1) customizeable, 2) easy to make, and 3) inexpensive. So here are 5 side tables I made this year that cost less than $25 to make and can be made by people without much experience or expensive tools. They are all customizable in ways that I describe in the posts and in other ways you think of. Please feel free to share your version of any of these side tables in the comments section, or e-mail me photo(s), and I will put together a “brag” post. (This goes for any of my tutorials.)
Here is another easy DIY side table and my first IKEA hack. (Well, it’s my second IKEA hack if you count the mid-century modern inspired cement replacement sofa legs. Check the cement legs project out here.) For this DIY furniture project I used the legs from an IKEA Frosta stool. The IKEA Aptitlig chopping board made a great bamboo table top to go with the interesting Frosta bentwood legs.
I decided to do another project for my new “Easy” category of furniture-making adventures. I’m really enjoying getting projects done in quick order and hope you appreciate it too!
For this DIY project, I upcycled the legs from an inexpensive TV tray table and used two pine stair risers as the table top.
I’m really excited about this x-base coffee table because it folds like a tray table, making it a snap to store when it is not being used. Wouldn’t this be nice for a small living room–you can get it out when you want it, and put it away when you don’t.
Because the entire legs/base is from a tray table, this coffee table is about as sturdy as a tray table. Keep that in mind, and see if it meets your needs.
Here is my folding coffee table loaded up with about 60 pounds of goods, so I feel okay about putting a laptop on it, and some books, a drink, a remote, and kicking back with my feet on the thing. But I’m not going to sit on it or let my children sit on it (they’re teenagers). You get my point.
Learn how to make this easy, stylish side table. I used a magazine rack as the base and added a painted pine board table top.
When I started thinking about this project, I knew I wanted something easy. It’s spring cleaning time, and the grass is growing and needs mowing. Also, I was away from home and the blog for a while, visiting my sister who is recovering from a medical situation. And of course, my husband and kids always need tending to. So I needed an easy project. In fact, I like the idea of easy projects so much that I’m making a new category called “Easy.” These will be projects that can be done fairly quickly and involve mainly painting/staining (as options to your taste) and assembling by screwing or hammering things together.
The Side Table with Magazine Rack project has three parts:
- Choose and prepare the table top
- Choose and prepare the magazine rack
- Attach the table top to the magazine rack