Last summer we got a new sectional for our three-season porch, that we love! We also bought the coordinating ottoman because who doesn't like to put their feet up while lounging on the porch?? Well, the first time we purchased the ottoman it came with a stain on the cushion so we sent it back. The second time we purchased the ottoman the wicker was coming apart. So... we quickly decided that the $200 ottoman wasn't worth a third try, especially because it really was only big enough for one person to use at a time. Enter my DIY coffee table that serves as both a place to rest feet when it's just us lounging and a place to put snacks and drinks when hosting guests!
I set out to make this table solely out of 2x4s and almost did that. I ended up using 4x4s for the legs because I liked the look better but it could definitely be done with 2x4s for the legs. What's great about a DIY project like this is that the size is totally customizable. I decided our table would be the width of eight 2x4s (plus trim) and that the length would be about 52 inches.
Materials: The bare minimum you'll need for materials are 2x4s and 2.5 inch screws. The number of 2x4s you need for your table depends on the length your table will be. I bought 8ft (96 inch) 2x4s. I needed 10 of these for the 52 inch pieces but was able to use scraps from these pieces for the smaller cuts. I also used a finish nailer to attach pieces in the places that were harder to screw into but you can make screws and a drill work!