Whether you drink coffee or not, the classic wooden coffee table is an essential feature for any room in your household or apartment. The inclusion of a coffee table in a living room instantly adds a subtle elegance while also providing the functionality of a table. Interior designers are among the coffee tables’ biggest fans, and it will be hard to come across a house in this decade that does not have this feature in at least one of its rooms.

When it comes to the classic coffee table, the most common ones are made up of wood for a reason. While an array of different materials can be used to construct a coffee table, wood usually looks the best- a table made from oak tends to fit into a room much more naturally as opposed to glass.

If you are looking to add a new centerpiece to your living room, coffee tables can be bought but are often quite expensive especially depending on the size and type of wood used. Not only can it be costly, but shopping for a coffee table seems pointless when it is not very difficult to simply build one for yourself.

For the woodworkers out there, whether you are building for the first time or have been doing this professionally for 20 years, the coffee table is a great excuse to take on a new project.

Building a coffee table is a timeless undertaking for anyone who enjoys working with their hands. Make no mistake, making furniture yourself will result in a piece that means much more than something that you bought from a home improvement store.

Not only are coffee tables a great addition to any room in your house, but they also make great gifts for friends or family. Giving someone you care about a nicely built wooden table for Christmas is worth much more than any bottle of wine out there as far as we are concerned.

No matter what the purpose is for building your wooden coffee table, the experience is sure to be a meaningful one- as any woodworker knows, there is no better feeling than creating a finished product that both looks great and serves a purpose.

Building a wooden coffee table can be really easy or very complex, and everything in between. There are unlimited amounts of ways you can go about it, so feel free to get creative. If you’re looking to follow a plan, check out some of the ones we’ve chosen to include in this article.

Make sure to choose a building plan based on your skill level- a coffee table can look amazing if it’s done correctly following these guides. That said, knowing your capabilities is important since it’s likely the coffee table you are building will be inside yours or someone else’s home, so it’s necessary for the finished table to look professional. While the coffee table has been an essential project for woodworkers throughout time, it is an easy one to botch.

The look of your coffee table also depends on the type of wood you choose, which gives you a lot of freedom to decide how you want yours to look.

Although some of the building plans featured in this article specify which wood to use, there is no reason to stick to the exact wood they recommend. If you happen to have some extra lumber around then that is just fine to build with, just try and make sure that it is in good shape so that your coffee table will be able to stand the test of time. If you want to go out and buy wood that you think will look good for your project, take liberty and go for it- these construction plans should be free to interpretation.

For those of you who want a quick and easy build for the classic wooden coffee table, take a look at these first few plans we’ve compiled. If you are a more experienced woodworker and are up for a bit of a challenge, we recommend putting in the effort and giving the last couple plans a try to make a coffee table that will catch people’s eyes wherever its placed.

 

Basic Tryde Coffee Table

 

This plan can be found here.

 

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials Needed: 2 hours

(please refer to the original article for the exact material list)

  • Screws
  • Wood
  • Sandpaper (coarse)
  • Stain, Varnish or Paint
  • Wood Putty

Tools Needed:

(please refer to the original article for the exact tools list)

  • Paintbrush
  • Speed Square
  • Hammer
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Sander

Estimated Duration: 2-3 hours

The novice woodworker need not worry, because this exact guide will take you step-by-step on how to build a great looking coffee table with a limited skillset. A coffee table is a right of passage as far as woodworking goes, so even if this is your first real project ever then this is the best place to start.

The coffee table this guide will teach you to make is appealing but simple, which is all you really need. If you don’t get it right the first time, that’s just fine as well, since the materials and tools required in this plan are relatively limited.

If you are just getting your feet wet as a woodworker and want to build a classic coffee table that works as either home furniture or a gift, this is the blueprint for you. If you are a bit more experienced with this craft, then some of the next few options are what you are looking for.

 

Farmhouse Coffee Table

 

This plan can be found here.

 

Skill Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Materials Needed:

(please refer to the original article for the exact material list)

  • Wood glue
  • Lumber
  • Furring strips
  • Screws
  • Corner braces
  • Wood filler
  • Stain, Varnish or Paint

Tools Needed:

(please refer to the original article for the exact tools list)

  • Tape measure
  • Speed square
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Miter saw
  • Sander
  • Sandpaper

Estimated Duration: 3-4 hours

If you are looking to build a piece of furniture that is one step up from the basic coffee table, this ‘Farmhouse Coffee table’ is a great option. While the end result is a table that looks great and will take years before it shows any sign of depreciation, it is not nearly as challenging to make as it might seem.

For the beginner woodworker who is up for a challenge, this guide from ‘Ana-White’ will show you how to build a slightly more complex coffee table that will still impress anyone who learns that you made it all by yourself. If you follow this particular blueprint, there is no need for any nailing- just drilling. The diagrams included in this guide also make it very easy to follow along, not to mention the accompanying video, so there is no excuse to skip over this one.

 

Rustic Coffee Table

 

This plan can be found here.

 

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials Needed:

(please refer to the original article for the exact material list)

  • Lumber
  • Screws
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Stain, Varnish or Paint

Tools Needed:

(please refer to the original article for the exact tools list)

  • Tape measure
  • Speed square
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • Ear protection
  • Kreg jig
  • Drill
  • Miter saw
  • Brad nailer
  • Sander
  • Drill bit set

Estimated Duration: 4-5 hours

 

The coffee table this plan teaches you to build is basically a step-up from the previous ‘Farmhouse Coffee Table’. The reason this ‘Rustic Coffee Table’ is slightly more difficult stems from the need for more costly materials and more tools that the average woodworker likely does not have. The website these two plans come from, ‘Ana White’, claims that the Farmhouse Coffee Table can be made for under $40, while the Rustic Coffee Table will cost a bit more money to be completed.

If you have the necessary tools and materials this plan requires, definitely pay attention. This coffee table is a very attractive piece of furniture that looks so good that if built correctly most people will not believe it wasn’t bought from a store.

For the woodworker who is ready to craft something that is truly stunning, give this one a try! The end result, especially if you use the right wood, will be a fine looking coffee table that will look right at home in whichever room in your house you choose to place it in.

 

Modern Square Coffee Table

 

This plan can be found here.

 

Skill Level: Advanced

Materials Needed:

(please refer to the original article for the exact material list)

  • Lumber
  • Screws
  • Wood Glue
  • Stain, Varnish or Paint

Tools Needed:

(please refer to the original article for the exact tools list)

  • Air compressor
  • Pocket Hole Jig
  • Irwin Clamps
  • Drill
  • Miter Saw
  • Nail Gun
  • Sander
  • Tape Measure

Estimated Duration: 5-6 hours

 

If you’ve been woodworking for a while now and are good with your hands, this modern-style coffee table plan is an opportunity to create something that is incredibly sleek and sturdy. This modern farmhouse style coffee table is a great project for the woodworker hoping to either build it for their home or as a gift.

While it appears to be quite a simple piece of furniture, for the person actually building it is slightly more complex than some of the other coffee table plans we’ve included in this article. The reason is because of the angled supports you see around the base- these require some precise cutting and assembly, which is why we have labeled this plan as ‘advanced’.

As the included picture suggests, this coffee table design make it a fantastic option as a living room piece. The lower shelf offers room to place objects that might be laying around your area at random, making them seem part of the decoration, while the top base on this table makes a great opportunity to place magazines or plants.

Whatever you decide to use this coffee table for, it’s tasteful design allows it to blend seamlessly with its surroundings. Because of this, make sure to give it the detail it demands when you are constructing this piece of furniture.

 

Rhyan 3-Drawer Coffee Table

 

This plan can be found here.

 

Skill Level: Advanced

Materials Needed:

(please refer to the original article for the exact material list)

  • Lumber
  • L-Brackets
  • Screws
  • Wood Filler
  • Wood Glue
  • Stain, Varnish or Paint

Tools Needed:

(please refer to the original article for the exact tools list)

  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Tape Measure
  • Sander

Estimated Duration: 6+ hours

 

For the experienced woodworker who’s ready to undergo a project that can take up to a day to complete, definitely do not overlook this building plan. While it will require a solid effort and a fine attention for detail, the end result will be a stunning center-piece worthy coffee table that also contains a set of three drawers.

This home-built piece of furniture makes a great addition to any living room in your house, whether it’s in front of a television or the center of your games room. The drawers in this coffee table allow the convenience of storing the odds and sods that scatter your home, which helps complete the look of minimalism this table so effectively enhances.

Depending on which wood you choose, this table is built to last. The more care put into constructing this furniture will show how it endures over the years. Even if you decide to use scrap wood with this one, the blueprint provided for this coffee table is carefully written so as to result in a coffee table that is as durable as it is appealing.

 

Final Words

 

Building a coffee table is an essential project for any woodworker. This piece of furniture demands great care and precision, which are very important skills to acquire for those who want to continue growing and improving on their craft.

If you’re ready to take on the challenge, choose from any of these wooden coffee table plans. No matter how new or experienced you are to woodworking, there is a plan for you that will be not only challenging but also fulfilling.