How To Build An Easy Rustic Coffee Table From Reclaimed Wood

A simple DIY rustic coffee table is a necessary piece in anyone's family room.  However, the price tag that goes with those farmhouse coffee tables causes people to think twice about having one.  What if you could build your own by using the DIY coffee table plans that I used?  You'll have a custom piece of furniture that costs a fraction of retail.

Since our home has a rustic feel it was impossible to find a coffee table that fit our needs and our budget.  I wasn't about to spend thousands of dollars on a piece of furniture that people rest their feet on.  I recently built a console table because I ran into the same problem.  I've also put together the DIY coffee table plans for you, you can print them out below.


Building a coffee table may seem like it's impossible but it really isn't.  For this piece I used new and old wood.  My daughter recently decided that her desk I build for her 4 years ago, doesn't fit her room or her style anymore.  Instead of giving it away I decided to take it a part and use it for another project. 

I didn't realize that this desk was going to be used for so many projects.  I used the top of her desk for our laundry room counter.   Now I'm using her frame for the coffee table frame.

The only wood I needed to purchase were a few 1x3's and 1x4's for the top and the bottom shelf.  

Since her desk was white and I wanted the coffee table to match the console table, I had a lot of sanding to do.

Here's everything you'll need for this project:

  • Polyurethane
  • Sander
  • Paint or stain
  • Hammer
  • Saw (I use a miter saw)
  • Painting supplies
  • Ear and eye safety gear
  • 5-2x4x8
  • 2-1x4x8
  • 3-1x3x8
  • 1-2x2x4
  • Kreg Jig
  • 2 1/2" pocket hole screws
  • Wood glue
  • 2" & 2 1/2" finishing nails

First thing is to make all of the necessary cuts.  Here's what you'll need:

Cut your 2x4's to

  • 8 @ 15"
  • 4 @ 45"
  • 4 @ 16"

Cut your 2x2 to:

  • 2 @ 16"

Cut your 1x3's to:

  • 15 @ 19"

Cut your 1x4's to:

  • 6 @ 48"

Once you have all of the wood cut to size, it's time to drill all of your pocket holes.  


Now that your wood is cut and the pocket holes have been drilled it's time to put your table together.

Start by assembling the legs.  I just made an L with the 2x4 pieces.  You'll repeat this process until all 4 of your legs are created.


Then it's time to build the frames.  I made one for the top and bottom.  I wanted a shelf below so that's why I needed 2.

This is just a simple rectangle.  Attach the short pieces to the longer pieces using 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and wood glue.


Now it's time to add the legs to the frame.  I used 2 1/2" finishing nails and wood glue to attach the legs to the frame.  I love the idea of using nails because it gives it an extra rustic feel. 

Repeat this process until you've attached the top and bottom frames to all 4 legs.

Since this will be holding items on top, I wanted to add a little extra support so I added 2 2x2 support beams.  I just nailed them in with 2 1/2" finishing nails.  This will also help with assembling the top.

coffee table frame.jpg

Now your frame is complete.  It's time to create your lower shelf and add the top.

Attach your 1x3's to the bottom.  I used wood glue and 2" finishing nails to attach them.  I also use some scrap wood as spacers.  This gives you a guide to use so your spacing is the same.


Once the bottom is complete it's time to attach the 1x4's to the top.  Since there wasn't a lot of extra room I placed them on top and spaced them out.  There wasn't enough room to use spacers.

To attach using 2" finishing nails and wood glue.  Add nails to the top, bottom, and middle.

coffee table top
coffee table complete

Now since I used some painted wood I spent a lot of time with the sander removing the paint.  If you're using new wood, you'll want to sand all of the edges and make sure that all of the pieces are smooth.

The next step is to paint or stain depending on your needs.  I used grey stain so it would match the console table I built.  Once you get to your desired color, apply polyurethane this will help keep your table in tip-top shape.

coffee table grey stain

Here it is in my family room.  I added a few baskets below and some of my favorite flowers on top.  

rustic coffee table

This table really completed the room.  I'm so happy with how it came out.  I've now got a piece of custom built furniture that cost me about $20 to make.  

If you don't have the extra 2x4's laying around this coffee table should only cost you about $30.

The great thing is, this table is completely customizable.  If you want the table smaller, wider, taller, or shorter all you have to do is add or subtract some of the dimensions.  For the complete DIY rustic coffee table plans, click the button below to print them out.

I also put together a short video sharing the steps I took to create this super simple rustic coffee table.

What do you think?  Will you be making something like this for your family room?  I'd love to know in the comments below.

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