Inexpensive DIY Crate Coffee Table

Last Updated on July 1, 2023 by teamobn

DIY Crate Coffee Table

There’s nothing quite like a sturdy crate coffee table with plenty of storage space. This one made from crates will let you store throw rugs, magazines, board games, and other items tucked away but within easy reach. This is a great way to keep your living space tidy and organized, while still being able to enjoy all your favourite things.

Do you want a stylish, rustic crate coffee table that won’t break the bank? You can easily achieve this look by doing it yourself – and it will only cost you around $50. If you use reclaimed wood, you may even be able to get the project done for less.

Why settle for store-bought when you can create your own unique crate coffee table version at home? With just a few supplies and a little time, you can have your very own one-of-a-kind project.

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You’ll need these materials:

  • 1 1/4in Finishing Nails
  • 1″ in Wood Screws
  • Wood Glue
  • 1-16inX21/32X8ft Board
  • 4-2ftX2ft 1/4in Plywood
  • Wood Stain

And these tools:

  • Hammer
  • Square
  • Table Saw
  • Measuring Tape
  • Sander. with 120 and 220 grit sand paper

Steps to build this crate coffee table:

You can start this DIY crate coffee table project by cutting the pieces. Cut the 8ft board into 8 1ft sections. Cut the 2ftx2ft plywood into 4inX2ft strips. Once all the pieces are cut, sand each one down to create a smooth surface.


You will need to use two of the 16in x 1ft boards, and nine of the 4in x 2ft boards, plus one piece of excess panelling cut from the 2×2 plywood (roughly 3in x 2ft). With these materials, you can follow the instructions below to assemble your crate coffee table.


After cutting the parts for your DIY crate coffee table project, use three panels for each side and three plus excess on the bottom. Make sure you have enough spacing to slide a piece of ply in between the bottom panels, then close the square hole in the middle. This will create a sturdy and stylish coffee table that will be the perfect addition to your home.


To ensure your crates fit together evenly, lay them out on their side and dry-fit them together. Once you’re happy with the fit, use 1in wood screws to connect the crates together. Make sure to predrill the holes for the screws, and to countersink the screws so that the wood doesn’t split.

To create a sturdy and reliable storage unit, screw three crates together and measure the area in the middle to fill. Then, cut a piece of plywood to fit inside and use wood glue to attach it. Finally, screw the last crate in place. This unit will provide ample space for storing your belongings, and can be easily customized to fit your specific needs.


Now that you have sanded and stained your DIY crate coffee table, it is time to protect it with a polyurethane coating. I recommend using an antique walnut stain with polyurethane already in it. This will give your coffee table two coats of protection.


I filled the square with a vase of flowers and rocks. I also put some baskets underneath for storage. This is a great way to add a touch of nature to your home while still being able to keep things organized.


If you could change one thing about this coffee table, what would it be? Is there anything you don’t like about it, or is it perfect as it is?

Thanks to SuzukiDHP for this great project.



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