8 Unique Ways to Build Your Own Table

Not every DIY table needs to be built from scratch in a woodworking shop. In fact, ones constructed from upcycled materials usually bring the most character to a quiet room. The simple structure (a flat surface resting on top of a base or legs) offers easy ability to swap in a creative material, no matter your skill level as a DIYer. This is your opportunity to get creative. Make a DIY nightstand with a vintage crate or suitcase. A trunk makes for an easy coffee table, as is. Cut and assemble a vintage door in the right configuration, and you can create a coffee table with storage for books, throws, and more. Fashion almost any type of table by recycling a pallet - use it as is, or deconstruct it and reuse the boards.

The height for a side table is a matter of personal preference, but most tables made my manufacturers are in the 22 - 30 inch range. For larger tables, keep in mind that a pedestal will give you more flexibility for seating; legs will give you greater overall stability. And for a large rectangle shaped table, a trestle will give you the benefits of both a pedestal and legs. The options for a unique DIY side table or desk are endless, but we've rounded up eight of our favorites for inspiration.

Wood Work(ing) Space

Pallet Table

This rustic desk feels fit for any casual work space through combining the pallet-construction trend with simple metal sawhorse legs. And by topping the desk with plexiglass, any worries about splinters from the rough pallet top are put to rest.


Round and Round

Wheel Table

A vintage wheelchair wheel stars as the centerpiece of this industrial table. The wheel was mounted to the base of an old stool and topped with a piece of round glass to allow all of the beautiful aged patina of the wheel to shine through.

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Milking It

DIY Table

With a coat of paint and a stenciled monogram, these two charming, vintage milk jugs are made functional again as the bases for a pair of outdoor side tables. Stained and sealed wooden rounds offer the perfect perch for a cup of coffee at sunrise.

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Behind Door #1

Old Door Table

Old doors can often be found in junk yards and reuse centers, fresh for the picking for any DIY project you can dream up. Here, an old 5-panel door sectioned and cut between panels creates the top and two sides for a country coffee table.

Related:  10 New Uses for Old Doors


Setting the Tone

Drum Table

March to the beat of your own drummer when you convert a garage sale like this base drum into a statement piece that speaks volumes in an eclectic living area. Simply remove its plastic wrap, stencil, and top off the flimsy drum head with wood slats to create a solid tabletop.


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Suitcase Table

Set on table legs, a vintage suitcase offers both the flat surface of a tabletop and the added bonus of hidden storage. Whitewash the entire piece (here, a petite suitcase mounted on an ornate wood spindle base) to unify your home's charming new accent.

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Crate Creation

DIY Nighstand

A natural storage solution, crates turned on their sides offer shelving and counter space. Even disassembled they enhance: The colorful design of vintage Coca Cola panels the sides of a curio cabinet, and a four-pane window used as a door completes the upcycled style.


Junk In The Trunk

Trunk Table

The top of a salvaged trunk creates a sophisticated talking piece in an otherwise standard entryway when used as a tabletop. Lengths of 4-by-4s were cut for the legs and stained a dark, rich hue to coordinate with the elegant details like vintage brass accents.


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