Basket Coffee Table Hack

3 Materials
15 Minutes

One of the hardest things to find in the stores is a natural wicker/ rattan coffee table at an affordable price!

So I got to thinking and started looking around the house for some inspiration.

I looked at all my rattan baskets- I really had too many and I decided to play around with the largest one I had.

It was the “Snidad” rattan basket from Ikea and it was a decent size for a coffee table !


Tools and Materials

  • Basket
  • Scissors
  • Tabletop

Remove Handles

Remove Handles

I decided to turn it upside - and I loved the look of it - but the handles were in the way!

So with a pair of scissors and pliers I removed the handles!

Cut off the Handles

DIY Coffee Table

The basket looked great without the handles but it needed a top!

Add a Top

Add a Top

Sitting in my storage room was a little Oak Look Side Table $19 from Kmart which I hadn’t used yet and the round top looked perfect for the basket.

It’s colour matched the basket and the size was right!

Coffe Tabletop

So I popped it on top and - Wow - an instant coffee table!

I could have gone to the local hardware store and bought some wood to cut a circle but I decided to use what I already had!

Simple DIY Coffee Table
Easy DIY Coffee Table

My main reason for wanting a rattan coffee table was to match it up with some timber/ rattan chairs I had!

Now I have the perfect table!

You too could easily make a table like this!

Simple Homemade Coffee Table

It looks even better outside. Let me know how you've repurposed household items into something new and creative!

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  • Janet Bilyew
    on Oct 5, 2020

    Very cute! I've been looking for a footstool for my screened porch. I may use this idea and make one, covering with foam and fabric.

  • Martha
    on Oct 5, 2020

    Did you glue or screw the top to the basket?

    it looks awesome!

  • Grandma Roses
    on Oct 5, 2020

    Why does one of the photos of the basket look like the basket is painted white? Did you have to remove the paint?

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