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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Questions on this post

 33  questions
  • Rose on Oct 04, 2019

    L O V E I T!!! Definitely a must. But I really like your chairs. Can you share where you got those?

    • Tina on Oct 04, 2019

      They come from K Mart

    • Rose on Oct 04, 2019

      Awe......we no longer have Kmart. But I will find something similar. You've got great style....

    • Henri001 on Oct 06, 2019

      Try looking at you can still get things there at good prices and ship to home?

  • Sherri Kingsley on Jan 28, 2020

    Love the round rug too!

    where did you get it?


  • Vicki on Jan 28, 2020

    What a great idea with the basket!

  • Bernadette on Jan 29, 2020

    How did you attach the base to the top?

  • Nikki Toney on Apr 22, 2020

    i love the vibe! if you dont mind me asking, where did you get your chairs? ive been looking everywhere for some similar and havent been able to find.

  • LMS on May 01, 2020

    Did you do the floor/deck in your picture?!

    Love that too

  • Laurel on Jul 17, 2020

    I love this! I am hoping you don't mind answering a few quick questions about the top’s specifications so I can try it out. I would be so grateful: What diameter and thickness is the circle top? Do you think a 24” diameter would be too big--either won’t look good with the basket size, or would be too large for the basket to balance/support? What is the diameter of the basket’s bottom (now the top thanks to your great idea!)

    Thank you so much! I look back to hearing your expert opinion. In the mean time, I will see if I can find more of your posts:)

    • Hi

      I’m in Australia- so I’m working in cms

      The diameter of the table top is 48-49cm and thickness is 2cm

      I’ve found the top to be just the right size.

      Hope that helps you?

    • Laurel on Oct 06, 2020

      Thanks so much. That's very helpful:)

  • Janet Bilyew on Oct 04, 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 05, 2020

    Did you glue or screw the top to the basket?

    it looks awesome!

  • Grandma Roses on Oct 05, 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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  • Shari Fryrear on Oct 04, 2020

    I think you are smart to think of this. If I do it I will turn mine with the other end up and put a faux leafy plant there and a glass top. That would look nice too

  • Bob Schulenberg on Oct 04, 2020

    This is beautiful!


  • Mae Hawkins on Oct 05, 2020

    I like it!! Very clever and good looking!

  • E95656 on Oct 05, 2020

    Love this!!

  • Pat Anderson Rixie on Oct 05, 2020


  • Carol Dydowicz on Oct 05, 2020

    Really nice--looks great!

  • Linda Wills on Oct 05, 2020


  • Mary on Jan 11, 2021

    Great idea



  • Carrie Andrewes on Feb 23, 2021

    To hold the top onto the basket add metal u-shaped small galvanized brackets underneath. Flip the basket so it’s face up (bottom of the basket faces down). The table circle is also face down. Place two u-shaped small galvanized brackets holding down parts of the basket (the u-shape of the bracket faces upwards) and screw the bracket into the tabletop with two small screws. That way the basket is secure to the table top but it can be removed for storage if you like.

  • Teresa on May 27, 2021

    Very creative, it looks great.