Custom Coffee Tables

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Coffee tables are a furniture staple that I’ve always bought exclusively from thrift stores. As long as the lines of the piece are attractive, you can easily refurbish a table for a fraction of the price you’d find in retail stores. For instance, I snagged this table for under $20 at Goodwill, and with some sandpaper and a few coats of paint, transformed it into a fresh white centerpiece for our living room.

DIY coffee tables are also a budget-friendly option, since most have plenty of character and style. Here are three of my favorites: an unfinished plank of wood with inexpensive legs, a concrete ikea table hack, as well as a table made from salvaged shipping crates.

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Since all you really need is a flat surface and four legs, the possibilities for creating a custom coffee table are truly boundless. Plus, a one-of-a-kind piece certainly trumps (almost) all mass-produced options!

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2 thoughts on “Custom Coffee Tables

  1. Great piece! Our coffee table used to be an old writing desk, but it’s legs got lopped off and now it’s the perfect height for our room. I really love the idea of the shipping crate table and I have a space that this could be perfect for, I’m going to get on the hunt for some… Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it! I also sawed off a few inches of my coffee table’s legs….it was about 6 inches too tall, yet too short to be a side table. Good luck with your shipping crate hunt!

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