After deciding on my design, I obtained all the materials required to build the coffee table. I used:
Because the crates I bought were rough and unfinished, I used the hand sander with various sandpaper grits to smooth out the wood. Sanding also made the crates easier to stain. After staining all sides of the crates, I left them out to dry fully before adding a few coats of polyurethane varnish (for that glossy finish). I then arranged the crates in the correct positions and drilled in screws to connect them.
At this point, I thought I was finished. However, when I brought the coffee table to my apartment, I realized that the top surface was about 6 inches lower than the sofa, which was not an ideal height. To make it taller, I created a base out of 2x4 pieces of wood that I attached using a drill and flat-headed wood screws.
Finally, I filled the inner hole of the table with large wine bottle corks. The corks complemented the rustic, earthy look of the wooden table while also preventing small objects from falling inside.
Now, I have a way to store all of my belongings in a table that is both clean and functional. And it’s a total conversation piece—numerous people have asked me where I got it upon seeing it for the first time. Mission accomplished!
In the fall of my junior year, I moved out of the dorms and into an apartment. While I was excited to have my own space (read: a private bathroom), it was the first time I had to furnish an entire apartment—on a college student budget. I ended up designing and creating a lot of the furniture and décor, starting with this coffee table.
This table is for people who spend much of their time at home in their living/family room. I’m definitely one of those people, and I keep everything from books to nail polish in my living room. With a traditional coffee table, there’s no way to store all of your belongings in an uncluttered and functional way. Furthermore, the coffee table is a centerpiece of the living room: it needs to look good.
I wanted the coffee table to be simple, attractive, and practical. I envisioned clean lines, rectangular shapes, earthy colors, and symmetrical design. After getting some Pinterest inspiration, I decided to build the table out of wooden crates. I then started to build.