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If you’ve been looking for unique coffee table ideas, look no further! I’ve rounded up some of the best on the Internet to help inspire you to create a piece of furniture you’ll truly love,

Unique Coffee Table Ideas


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Whether you’re looking for something industrial or farmhouse-style, these ideas have you covered.

Each of the ideas come with an easy-to-follow tutorial, which makes it easier to decide whether or not it’s a project you’d like to tackle.


Contrary to popular belief, DIY-ing your own custom furniture doesn’t have to be as inexpensive or complicated as it seems. Yes, you can build a table – and some of these ideas include build plans. But oftentimes you can hack or update something to suit your design needs and your budget.

Unique Coffee Table Ideas for the Living Room

Keep scrolling, I’ve got LOTS of DIY projects and ideas to share!

1. Hairpin Leg Coffee Table

Hairpin Coffee Table

Source: Hairpin Leg Coffee Table by Shanty 2 Chic

Adding hairpin legs to your wooden coffee table is sure to give it an instant upscale that’s both classic and chic. Not to mention, the simple modern design can be styled in so many different ways.

2. Dual Outdoor DIY Coffee Table

Outdoor DIY Coffee Table

Source: Dual Outdoor DIY Coffee Table by Sawson Skates

Make the most of your coffee table by making it a dual one. This idea from Sawsom Skates is the perfect way to utilize both space and functionality. Each section can become its own little table!

3. Tire Rope Ottoman Coffee Table

Tire Rope Ottoman Coffee Table

Source: Tire Rope Ottoman Coffee Table by Home Talk

This tire rope ottoman coffee table idea is perfect for a farmhouse theme! It only calls for a few supplies and you can recreate this look for your coffee table.

4. Four Crate Coffee Table on Wheels

Four Crate Coffee Table on Wheels

Source: Four Crate Coffee Table on Wheels by Hatch and Haven

Who knew that crates could come together to make such a bold piece? This is also a coffee table project that can be scaled up or down depending on the amount of space you have to work with.

5. Tree Stump Coffee Table

Tree Stump Coffee Table

Source: Tree Stump Coffee Table by Twelve on Main

Nature always makes for a good piece of furniture, so using tree stumps of different heights as a coffee table is actually quite genius. Depending on the type of tree you use, there isn’t anything extra to do besides picking the size(s) you want to showcase, sanding, and maybe staining.

Using three small tables gives you endless design possibilities. Bunch them together to make a single cool coffee table, or separate then to use as individual end tables or side tables.

6. Coffee Table Using a Salvaged Shutter

Coffee Table Using a Salvaged Shutter

Source: Coffee Table Using a Salvaged Shutter by Farmhouse Made

If you’re wanting a more vintage look to your coffee table, then you’ll love this salvaged shutter with added hairpin legs. This is one that can be stained or painted to match other decor in your room.

Don’t have a salvaged shutter? Try using an old door or antique window instead. The possibilities are pretty endless.

Ikea Hack Coffee Table Ideas

I love Ikea hacks to much, that I wrote an entire separate blog post all about Ikea Coffee Table Hacks. Here are some of my favorites:

Ikea Coffee Table Hacks

Farmhouse Coffee Tables

The farmhouse theme is one of the most popular and sought after themes, and rightfully so! Below are several ideas for creating your own farmhouse-style coffee table for a space in your home.

Farmhouse Coffee Table DIYs

1. Modern Farmhouse Square Coffee Table

Modern Farmhouse Square Coffee Table

Source: Modern Farmhouse Square Coffee Table by Sincerely Marie Designs

This farmhouse coffee table adds a nice modern touch to a living room. It uses the natural look of wood paired with bright white for an fresh look and feel. The square shape table top and smooth surface are just begging for a board game or puzzle!

2. Inexpensive Beginner Farmhouse Coffee Table

Inexpensive Beginner Farmhouse Coffee Table

Source: Inexpensive Beginner Farmhouse Coffee Table by Ana White

You don’t have to be a pro to make a farmhouse coffee table. The tutorial provided by Ana will walk you through one of the most inexpensive ways to make a table you are sure to be proud of. This table has a classic farmhosue design, complete with shelf underneath perfect for storing extra pillows and blankets.

3. Chunky Farmhouse Coffee Table

Chunky Farmhouse Coffee Table

Source: Chunky Farmhouse Coffee Table by Handmade Haven

One of the best things about the farmhouse style is its versatility in design and style. For this coffee table, Handmade Haven went with a two-toned look with chippy paint and wood stained top. It’s a classic rustic coffee table.

4. Farmhouse Chest Coffee Table

Farmhouse Chest Coffee Table

Source: Farmhouse Chest Coffee Table by Blesser House

Don’t be so quick to throw out an old chest. Consider turning it into a unique-looking coffee table like this one from Blesser House. This is a fantastic option for families needing a bit of extra storage – think puzzles, board games, toys, and everything you want tucked out of sight while still maintaining easy access.

5. Wine Barrel Coffee Table Hack

Wine Barrel Coffee Table Hack

Source: Wine Barrel Coffee Table Hack by Simply Mrs T

Anything wood-like is perfect for creating a farmhouse-themed coffee table. Mrs. T grabbed an old wine barrel top and turned it into a sturdy coffee table for her living room.

6. Water Trough Coffee Table with Wooden Tray Top

Water Trough Coffee Table

Source: Water Trough Coffee Table by Unknown

What a unique way to add the farmhouse look to any room. Grab a water trough, a piece of thick wood cut to size for the top, and then place it on top of wooden legs (or just let it rest on the ground as is).

7. Milk Can Coffee Table

Milk Can Coffee Table

Source: Milk Can Coffee Table from Love Grows Wild

This simple coffee table is the perfect solution for a small space, since you can cut the table top to any size you like. On a smaller scale, this would even make a fin end table or accent piece.

Industrial Coffee Table Ideas

The industrial look may seem difficult to recreate, but these ideas below will show you just how easy it is to duplicate yourself.

1. DIY Industrial Coffee Table Tutorial

DIY Industrial Coffee Table Tutorial

Source: DIY Industrial Coffee Table Tutorial by Little Glass Jar

Building your own industrial-looking coffee table doesn’t have to be stress or overwhelming. LIttle Glass Jar shows us how it’s the type of wood you use and how it’s put together that will get your desired results.

2. Industrial Coffee Table Makeover with a Wooden Shelf Underneath

Industrial Coffee Table Makeover

Source: Industrial Coffee Table Makeover by Home Talk

If you have a glass coffee table with a wire frame then you’re one step closer to designing your own industrial coffee table. Simply replace the glass with wood on the top and bottom and you’re all set.

3. Cedar Plank Industrial Coffee Table

Cedar Plank Industrial Coffee Table

Source: Cedar Plank Industrial Coffee Table by The Locker

It’s the combination of cedar planks, vintage pipe connectors, and metal legs that give this homemade coffee table a true industrial look. It can be easily modified should you want something a bit taller as well.

4. Industrial Wood Coffee Table

Industrial Coffee Table Makeover

Source: Industrial Wood Coffee Table by Little House of Four

Little House of Four shows how inexpensive it can be to build your own industrial wood coffee table. Choosing the right stain and color to match your space is the biggest choice you’ll have. The simple design plans that come with this tutorial are perfect for beginner woodworkers.

DIY Coffee Table Ideas

When you’re looking to do it yourself but in an expensive way, these coffee table ideas may be just what you’re looking for.

1. Basket Coffee Table Hack

Basket Coffee Table Hack

Source: Basket Coffee Table Hack by Home Talk

A flipped basket topped with a nice piece of wood is a unique way to create an eye-catching coffee table for any space in your home.

2. Over-Ottoman Coffee Table

Over Ottoman Coffee Table

Source: Over-Ottoman Coffee Table by Home with Emily Jean

If you have an ottoman that you’d like to keep in it’s space, then creating an over-ottoman coffee table is the perfect solution. You’ll be able to have the best of both pieces furniture.

3. Rustic Round Coffee Table

Rustic Round Coffee Table

Source: Rustic Round Coffee Table by Liz Marie Blog

Sometimes it’s the wood and color choice that can change everything. Take an old round coffee table and instantly make it rustic using a light wood colored stain and painting the bottom a dark color.

4. Get the Reclaimed Lumber Look with a Pine Board Coffee Table

Pine Board Coffee Table

Source: Pine Board Coffee Table by Mandy Shares Life

Pine is one of my favorite natural wood tones to use in home decor. It’s so versatile! Mandy decided to use solid wood pine boards to create a focal point to her living room with this DIY wooden table. It’s got the live-edge feel, while being solid and warm.

5. Simple DIY Coffee Table

Simple DIY Coffee Table

Source: Simple DIY Coffee Table by Love Grows Wild

This minimal and simple rectangular coffee table with a wooden top is one of my favorites. The tutorial is super easy to follow and it is super versatile should you want to paint or stain it to match your room’s current theme. It’s the perfect addition when you’re trying to decorate on a dime.

Coffee Table Alternatives

1. Cable Reel Coffee Table

Cable Reel Coffee Table

Source: How to Upcycle a Cable Reel into a Coffee Table from My Thrifty Life

Cable reel and jumbo spool tables have been popular for quite a while now, and I often see them when scrolling my Pinterest feed. I have no idea how I would go about finding an old cable reel, but I do love this idea.

2. Skinny Primitive Bench as a Coffee Table

Primative Bench Coffee Table

Source: Living Room Tour from Miss Mustard Seed

If you’re decorating a small living space, or you just want more floor space – go the skinny route. This primitive bench is a perfect low-profile coffee table, but I bet you could buy a bench at Ikea, on Craigslist, or even an an antique store to DIY a similar effect.


Unique Coffee Table DIYs


Ikea Furniture Hacks and Roundup Posts:

  • Easily create a totally custom storage solution in any room of your home with these Ikea Billy Bookcase Hacks.
  • Add a litlte extra storage without breaking the bank with these 17 Ikea Rast Hacks. Completely customize this 3-drawer dresser to suit any space and style.
  • Hack those Ikea cabinets and bookshelves for completely custom built-in shelving and storage options. The possibilities are endless!
  • Take a simple wooden dresser and add a little bit of creativity to create a stunning custom furniture piece, with these 12 Gorgeous Ikea Tarva hacks.
  • Whether you need to organize a home office or any other room in your home, these Ikea Alex drawer hacks are here to save the day!

DIY Furniture Projects from the Blog Archives:

  • Come see how my DIY Concrete Table Top has held up after 2 years of use.  See what I would do differently, and take a peek at couple of small changes that I’ve made to out dining table top.
  • Follow this quick and easy tutorial to make a sofa table to suit any size space.
  • Follow this easy, budget-friendly tutorial to make a built-in storage bench – How to build a dormer window storage bench with a piano hinge.

DIY Home Decor on a Budget

  • How to make DIY reclaimed wood curtain hooks and hang sheer tabbed curtains. A quick, inexpensive, and easy way to add farmhouse charm to any window.
  • How to add accent lights without power or cords with this DIY no wire sconce lights *magic light hack* – See how easy it is to add lighting without running electrical wiring or hiring an electrician.
  • Watch this video to learn all about how to install vinyl floor tile. It’s budge-friendly, easy to install, and comes in a TON of patterns. Give this weekend home DIY project a try!
  • Grab some chalk paint and give an old piece of furniture or frame a brand new look, with this chippy, layered, distressed chalk paint finish. It’s seriously SO EASY!
  • How to make a DIY Copper Shower Curtain Rod, customized for any size shower or space. No power tools or welding needed!
  • Save TONS of money on drapery with these DIY no-sew drop cloth curtains.  Make easy and inexpensive curtains and a DIY curtain rod on a tiny budget.
  • How to make a faux shiplap wall (completely temporary & damage-free) using realistic peel-and-stick shiplap wallpaper. Get the farmhouse look without construction!

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