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.
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!