DIY Industrial Coffee Table With Storage

8 Materials
2 Days

Steph has been using the same coffee table/bench since her college days. We bought the faux leather clad bench for her dorm room from Target back in the day. It held up so well that when she moved to her home four years ago it moved with her to serve as her coffee table. It was starting to look a little ragged so she really needed to retire it but didn’t want to give up the storage it provided.

She came up with an idea to make a coffee table starting with a bookcase. She had specific requirements for it including portability (it needed to be on wheels) and it needed to have covered storage.
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diy industrial coffee table with storage
Before. This project all started with an Ikea bookcase as the shell.
diy industrial coffee table with storage
We used a faux leather finish on the sides using crumpled up brown paper and glue. Paper was torn into small pieces, crumpled, dipped in watered down wood glue, then smoothed onto the sides.
diy industrial coffee table with storage
The aluminum trim was cut to length with the Dremel Saw-Max.
diy industrial coffee table with storage
We wanted the metal to lay flat on top so we marked where we needed to cut out the corner. We put a cutting wheel on the rotary tool to make the corner cut.
diy industrial coffee table with storage
The metal was glued into place. Wheels were added to the bottom.
diy industrial coffee table with storage
The side corner pieces were glued into place as well. We found the Husky Ratcheting Tie-Downs to be the perfect tool to "clamp" the side corners in place while they dried.
diy industrial coffee table with storage
The top was made from a scrap of plywood siding. It was cut to size with a circular saw. To attach the recessed handles, we used a hole saw to create the right size hole. We then used the Multi-max to finish getting the correct size hole for the handle to sit in. The handles were screwed into place on the top of the table.
diy industrial coffee table with storage
Two hinges were added to each side.
diy industrial coffee table with storage
We really liked the way the table came together. The recessed handles were a late addition to the plan and are perfect as they keep the top clear allowing feet and stuff to be put on the top! Steph frequently needs to be able to move her coffee table out of the way so the addition of wheels makes this easy. The large interior allows for lots of storage of electronics, pillows and blankets and the large surface is a great play space for the nephews and niece! ​
diy industrial coffee table with storage
diy industrial coffee table with storage
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  • Rnd29416448
    on Jan 13, 2018

    Why not have the sides raise? That way, you don't have to clean off the top so you can get to something. The trim and hinges would look almost exactly the same.

    • We considered several options for the box to open, but decided on this design. Usually Steph keeps all her coffee table stuff on a tray so this is easy to lift off to then open and access the interior. ~Vicki

  • Monica De Bono
    on Jan 14, 2018

    Does it have to be Ikea only??? There's no Ikea stores near by.

  • Joan Visser
    on Jan 20, 2018

    What is “sepsis”?

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  • Shauna Tindall Gummere
    on Feb 15, 2018

    Thinking about doing this but with pages from the sports section of the newspaper, and a comics one for another room. Not sure how the paper would hold up. May have to use Modpoge to put them on.

  • La streight
    on Apr 10, 2018

    This is cute. I might like this covered in real leather. I have a lot of leather scraps on hand.

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