24 DIY Tables for Every Size Apartment and Home
It’s time to do something about the boring table you look at every day. Whether it’s a dining table you found at a thrift store, an IKEA coffee table or a box you’re using as a bedside table, you can do better. Make something new and interesting by recycling old things that you don’t use anymore, adding new legs to a table you already have or just covering everything in spray paint. Whether you’re into concrete, copper or natural wood, these 20 DIY tables not only will save you money, but will be a completely unique piece of furniture that has all the personality that only you can bring to the table (see what we did there?).
4. Tile Outdoor Table: Give an old table you already have a makeover with a couple pieces of mosaic tile. The pretty blues and greens make us feel like we’re sitting poolside… even if there isn’t actually a pool. (via Centsational Girl)
5. Clear Top Pallet Table: Pallet tables are a popular DIY project, but yours will stand way above the rest with an elegant glass top. Paint the pieces bright, summery colors and add colorful cushions for a little extra comfort. When you’re hosting dinner parties, you can use the area under the glass for storage or decorate it to match the party’s theme. (via Brit + Co)
6. Triangle Side Tables: Attach triangular pieces of reclaimed wood to steel pipes and then paint the pipes gold. Add an extra little shelf on the bottom for a cute addition that’s also functional. (via Home Depot)
7. Stump Table: Flatten the end of a stump and attach a wooden wheel to make the top. If you’re wanting to take this inside, make sure you let the stump completely dry out so you don’t end up with unwanted creepy crawlies. (via Home Depot)
8. IKEA Bedside Hack: The simple act of staining inexpensive IKEA tables turns them into something you might actually want to keep around for quite a while. The white top is the perfect accent for displaying little knickknacks or a lamp. (via The Lovely Drawer)
9. Marble and Copper: These two textures are still trending hard, and for good reason: They just look so great together. Add a bit of industrial glam to your room with this fairly simple DIY that only involves some glue and putting together copper piping. (via A Joyful Riot)
11. Wooden Crate Side Table: Dress up a vintage wooden crate with some legs and you’ve got a great side table or even bedside table. If you don’t want to show off all your collectibles, a colorful box is a clever way to keep things hidden while styling the side table. (via eHow)
12. Lightweight Cement Side Table: We love all things cement, but if you’re thinking this table will never move out of your house, don’t worry. Instead of making a block of concrete, this table is just coated to give that cool, slate texture without any extra weight. (via A Beautiful Mess)
13. Bookshelf Side Table: So you want to build a table, but you have no skills with power tools? Hey, that’s okay, because all you need for this DIY are pallets, spray paint and glue. Just paint ’em and stack ’em for an overnight table that will completely transform your room. (via Brit + Co)
14. Hanging Side Table: Whether you’re running short on floor space or decorating funds, a hanging table is a pretty cool way to add some character to the room, as well as a place to set your phone and a good book at night. (via Hello Natural)
15. DIY Timber Side Table: Even though it looks like one solid chunk of wood, it’s actually made out of four separate pieces, creating a really pretty woodgrain pattern on the top. (via Francois et Moi)
17. Midcentury Pastels: Is it just us or does that pastel pink layer remind you of a delicious, sugary cookie filling? Simple to DIY and budget friendly, this charming little table has just enough room to keep the TV remote and a few other things neatly hidden out of sight. (via Sugar and Cloth)
19. Copper Pipe Side Table: Need a teeny tiny table for your teeny tiny apartment? This stylish little number is just big enough for the tightest of studio spaces, and is perfect for a succulent garden or next to the couch when you don’t have room for a side table. (via Brit + C0)
20. Hairpin Dining Table: The dark wood top makes a stunning contrast to the minimal and modern gold hairpin legs. Such a sleek dining table looks great with white, Scandinavian-type decor but would also be fun with some colorful retro chairs. (via Atilio)
21. Hairpin Coffee Table: Depending on how many supplies you have on hand at home, you can make this table for under $100. Simple, elegant and perfect for any style room, there is no limit to how many customized options you could do with this table. (via Ella Vine and Co.)
22. Concrete Pedestal Table: Screw a plastic trash can to a wooden table top, cover the whole thing with $5 worth of concrete and ta-da! You’ve got a real show-stopping pedestal table for your room. (via Red House West)
23. Zen Table: Doesn’t this make you want to play a game of Jenga? This table definitely won’t come apart if you try to slide out the pieces, but it will collect a lot of compliments, especially when you tell everyone you made it yourself. (via A Beautiful Mess)
24. Patterned Coffee Table: Maybe you don’t need to DIY a whole new table, but just need to add some personality to the one you already have. Download this playful geometric pattern and paint it onto your table top with all your favorite colors. (via Brit + Co)
Are there any table DIY projects you’re thinking of tackling? Tell us what you’re creating in the comments below!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!