I’ve seen a ton of these DIY coffee tables floating around on Pinterest lately, and we desperately needed a coffee table in our apartment, so we DIYed this one! I looked online for similar styles from stores like Wayfair, Target, etc., but they were all $200+. We made this one for under $100! My husband took my crazy ideas I had and sketched up some plans, and this is what we came up with! Most of the coffee tables on Pinterest are either made with just wood crates or just a pallet, but we combined both to create something more functional for us. Let me show you guys how we did it!
- Know what size/shape you want. Most pallets are rectangular, but we wanted a square table so we knew we would have to cut off some of the excess wood on the sides. We also wanted a taller table, that is why we added the crates underneath the pallet.
- Measure the size of the pallet before you go shopping for everything else. This will help you find the right size crates (take your tape measure with you, trust me, it helps), and you will know what size you need for both sheets of plywood. Since we knew beforehand, we just let Lowe’s cut ours to make it easier on us!
- Check and see what materials you already have. We had a ton of wood screws, sand paper, and all of the equipment we needed, so all we had to buy were the wheels and all of the wood pieces.
- Make sure you have a decent area to work in. Unfortunately we had to do almost all of our work in our apartment because our complex doesn’t have an area to do things like this in. It definitely made a mess, but it was worth it. I would recommend doing this outdoors or in a garage or carport if possible.
DIY Pallet & Wood Crate Coffee Table
What You’ll Need:
- A Small Pallet: you can find these at your local hardware stores, Walmart, lumber stores, or you can order then online. We found ours at Lowe’s. They used it to bring in supplies, and the guy let us have it for free!
- 4 Wood Crates: these are sold at Lowe’s, Michaels, Walmart, etc.
- 2 Pieces of Plywood: Lowe’s cut ours for us in house. Just know your measurements if you need them to cut it!
- 4 Wheels: I recommend the ones that swivel and lock in place if you have kiddos or fur babies!
- Saw (if you want to cut the wood yourself) and a drill/hammer
- Wood screws and smaller screws/nails in various sizes
- Tape Measure
- Sand Paper: some stains call for a certain grit. Just read the instructions for your stain you choose to see what type of sand paper you need.
- Wood Stain or Paint: we chose Minwax Wood Finish in Ebony.
Cut the pallet down to size. We ended up cutting some off of both sides of our pallet to make it work. Then sand down all of the wooden pieces. The pallet will need the most sanding. The plywood will only really need it on the sides, and the crates just need touched up on the edges for the most part.
Now we’re working from the top down! Flip the pallet upside down and attach the first piece of plywood with wood screw or nails. Side note: we also ended up taking the bottom pieces of 2×4 off after we cut the pallet down to the size we wanted. We ended up with the first photo you see above to attach the plywood to.
Next arrange the wood crates in the position you want to attach them to the plywood. Having them placed in the exact spot beforehand will make it easier on you. Screw them in with small wood screws or use small nails. We used 4 per crate, in all 4 corners.
After that attach the second piece of plywood to the bottom of the crates with wood screws or nails. We used about 10 in various places until we felt like it was secure. I also made sure this piece of plywood went on the very bottom because of the print that was on the wood.
Last, use some small screws to attach the wheels to all four corners. Make sure all of them are going in the same direction so the table will easily roll.
Now you’re ready to stain! Lay down a few plastic garbage bags and begin staining the table! Just follow the directions on the stain that you choose, and make sure you do this in an area that is properly ventilated because the stain takes a few hours to dry and the smell is strong. Apply multiple coats if needed. We stained it in my office area where there are three super big windows and fans. Doing that allowed the smell to escape, and the wood to dry quickly because we only used one coat of stain.
Set your table up and style it! I love the way it turned out! It turned out exactly how I pictured it. My husband brought my dreams of having a coffee table with tons of storage to life!
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Whats your favorite home DIY that you’ve done so far?