How To Build A Simple Console Table For Under $40!

Creating a welcoming entry can be quite tricky.  In my home, I have this corner that doesn't have much space so I've been trying to figure out the best way to bring life to this corner.  I just completed our laundry room and my next area to update is our family room.  I thought this console table would be a perfect fit for this awkward corner in our family room. 

If you are looking for a simple DIY console table then look no further.  This console table I was able to complete in just a few hours and it cost me under $40.  You'll be amazed by how simple this is to put together.  After this post, you might never want to buy premade furniture again.


Every morning as I was getting the family ready for the day, I would be looking at that bare corner that showed the cable wires I would cringe.  I didn't believe I was going to be able to find a solution for that corner.

Over the years I tried different options like:

  • A clear display case showcasing nicknacks
  • A coat rack 
  • A blank space
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Nothing that I did make that corner look inviting until this console table.

I'm always trying to figure out different ways to add extra storage to the house and this console table helps with that.  I added a shelf below to add baskets to hold items that need to be hidden.

A perfect beginner project

If you are looking for a beginner woodworking project then you're in luck this is so simple. 

For this project you'll need:

  • 6 1x3x8's
  • 2 1x4x6's
  • 2 " finishing nails
  • 2" wood screws
  • Wood glue
  • Miter saw (or hand saw)
  • Sander (or just sandpaper)
  • Stain of the color of your choice
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Ear and eye protection

1x3's are inexpensive and very easy to work with.  It is important, however, to make sure that you really inspect your 1x3's and 1x4's before purchasing them.  Make sure that they are relatively straight and not bowed.

By spending a few minutes checking the boards will save you headaches later on in your woodworking project.

Building the entryway table

With that being said it's time to start.  I like to start off by making all of the necessary cuts.  You'll find the dimensions below and you can always download the free quick reference guide that includes the supplies you'll need, cut lengths, and the step by step process.

Once you've made all of the necessary cuts it's time to start assembling.

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I started with the legs.  Take the long 1x3 pieces and attach them in an L shape like the photo below shows.

Repeat this process for all 4 legs.


Now it's time to make the top and bottom frames.  Since I wanted a shelf below this helps with strength and give a surface to attach the wood to the bottom shelf.

For the top and bottom frame use the __ 1x3's and the __ 1x3's.  Use 2 of each per frame.  Attach using wood glue and the wood screws.


Once you have the frames assembled you'll want to attach the legs.  Using wood glue and 2" finishing nails you'll add the legs.


Now that you've got the shape of the console table together it's time to attach the small 1x3's.  I used a scrap piece of 1/4" wood to use as a spacer in between each piece.  I attached those pieces with wood glue and finishing nails.


It's now time to add the top.  I used long 1x3's to make the top.  I attached the top pieces with wood glue and finishing nails.


Once the table was completely assembled I gave it a really good sanding so there were no rough edges and I was able to clean up any unevenness I saw or imperfections.

When I completed the sanding I added a coat of grey stain I allowed the stain to dry overnight and then added a coat of polyurethane to protect the wood from life.


And there you have it.  I was able to build this console table for under $40 and just a little bit of my time in the garage.  

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This console table really helped bring life to that blank corner.  I added a few decorations, a plant, and a basket below.

In the video below you can see the entire process.

To make this easier, you can download the free quick reference checklist that has the supply list, cut list, and step by step checklist to help you through the whole process.

What do you think?  Is this something that you'd like to try?  I would love to hear all about it in the comments below.

If you've been wondering if building furniture is something you want or even could do, this is a perfect project to start with.  You can customize this table to fit your needs. 

There aren't any angled cuts you have to worry about .

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Have an amazing day.