DIY Crate Coffee Table


There’s nothing like a solid coffee table with storage space. This one made from crates will let you store throw rugs, magazines, board games etc. tucked away but within arms reach.

DIY Crate Coffee Table

Do you want to have this for your living area? Doing it yourself would only cost you around $50 – probably less if you decide to use reclaimed wood!

It’s one copycat project you could easily create over the weekend. 🙂

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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


Cut the 8ft board into 8 1ft sections. Cut the 2ftx2ft ply into 4inX2ft strips.

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Use 2 of the 16inX1ft boards and 9 of the 4inX2ft plus one piece of excess panels when cut from the 2×2 ply (3inX2ft rough estimate).


Use 3 of the panels for each side and 3 plus excess on the bottom. When doing the bottoms make sure you have enough spacing to slide a piece of ply in between then to close the square hole in the middle.


Lay the crates on the side and dry fit them together to make them fit evenly. When it looks good use the 1in wood screw to connect them together. Screw 3 crates together and measure the area in the middle to fill. Then cut a piece of ply to fit inside and wood glue it. Then screw the last crate in place.


Now sand it and stain it. I used a antique walnut with polyurethane already in it. I put two coats on it.


I filled the square with a vase with flowers and rocks. Also put some baskets underneath for storage.


Is there anything you would change about this coffee table, or is it perfect as it is? 🙂

Thanks to SuzukiDHP for this great project.




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