Sleek and practical: a home-made coffee table for your living room

The homemade coffee table is presented in a living room.
Newspapers and coffee cups now have a home on your new coffee table.

  • Difficulty
  • Cost
    60-77 £
  • Duration
    3 - 8 h


Wouldn’t it be great to be able to put things down right next to the sofa without losing any space in the living room? Well – here’s a simple solution: This coffee table is ideal for setting down your coffee cup as well as storing magazines – and you can easily build it yourself with our step-by-step instructions. Let nothing stand between you and your comfy evening on the sofa.

You need
  • pocket rule
  • protractor
  • g-clamps
  • ruler
  • safety glasses
  • work gloves
  • pencil
  • Good quality glued laminated timber or worktop (e.g., acacia or walnut), minimum thickness 5 cm:
  • 2 boards: 30 x 30 cm (LxW)
  • 1 board: approx. 90 (depending on your sofa size) x 30 cm (LxW)
  • 1 board: 20 x 30 cm (LxW)
  • 1 board: 30 x 5 cm (LxW)
  • Perforated bracket (metallic L-reinforcement): 20 cm (L)
  • 12 screws: 3 x 16 mm (DxL)
  • 8 screws: 3 x 60 mm (DxL)
  • Wood glue (depending on the type of wood)
  • 4 felt pads
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's go - step by step

Step 1 8

Saw the wood

Cut the wood to the required dimensions using a NanoBlade saw.
Your new coffee table needs to be exactly the right size.

You need: NanoBlade saw, g-clamps, work gloves, safety glasses, pencil, Glued wood or worktop

To ensure your newspapers and coffee (or tea) are positioned as close to your sofa as possible in future, first saw the wood to the correct dimensions. Measure the following dimensions on the wooden slat using the metre rule and mark the position using a pencil:

  • Table and base plate: 30 x 30 cm (LxW)
  • Vertical panel: approx. 90 (depending on your sofa size) x 30 cm (LxW)
  • Magazine rack panel: 20 x 30 cm (LxW)
  • Magazine rack holder support: 30 x 5 cm (LxW)

Now you’re ready to start sawing. First, fix the wood with G-clamps to prevent it from slipping. Then take the saw and begin cutting straight through the wood. Always use protective goggles and work gloves.

Step 2 8

Sand the edges

Use the multi-sander to sand the wood.
Use the multi-sander to sand the wood.
Use a handheld vacuum cleaner to remove the sanding dust.
Use a handheld vacuum cleaner to remove the sanding dust.

You need: Multi-sander, Sanding sheet for multi-sander G120, work gloves, safety glasses

Nobody enjoys the pain of a splinter – sanding is essential. Simply guide the multi-sander over the edges and sand thoroughly. We recommend wearing protective goggles to prevent sanding dust from getting in your eyes. Use the handheld vacuum cleaner to quickly suck away the residue from sanding.

Step 3 8

Mark and pre-drill the holes

Now it’s time to pre-drill the holes for the screws.
Pre-drilling makes it easier for you to turn the screws into the wood.

You need: Cordless Drill, Cordless Drill, g-clamps, ruler, pencil, 1 wooden board: 30 x 30 cm (LxW)

Mark out the drill holes on the rectangular wooden board so that you know where to drill. Using a ruler, measure four points with a clearance of 6 cm, and mark them with a pencil. Then use the cordless drill/driver to drill the holes.


Pre-drilling makes it easier for you to turn the screws into the wood, resulting in fewer splinters.

Step 4 8

Screw the base plate and vertical panel together

Two boards are screwed together using a cordless drill.
Attaching the base plate to the vertical panel with screws

You need: Cordless Drill, Cordless screwdriver, pencil, ruler, 4 screws: 3 x 60 mm, 1 wooden board: approx. 90 (depending on your sofa size) x 30 cm (LxW)

Your homemade coffee table is slowly starting to take shape: The base plate is attached to the vertical panel. Use the cordless drill/driver or cordless screwdriver to screw the screws into the wood and join the two wooden panels.

In preparation for the next step, mark the position for the perforated bracket 9 cm from the edge.

Step 5 8

Attach the perforated bracket

A cordless screwdriver is used to attach the perforated bracket.
The perforated bracket is attached to the vertical wood.

You need: Cordless drill/driver, g-clamps, Perforated bracket, 6 screws: 3 x 16 mm

Now you’re ready to attach the metal rails that will later support the tabletop. Ideally, first fix the rails on the edge of the vertical wooden panel using G-clamps. Then use six short screws to fix into place.

Step 6 8

Glue the magazine rack together and mark the position

The positions for the drill holes are marked out using a pencil and angle measurer.
Using an angle measurer, mark out the drill holes.

You need: g-clamps, triangle, pencil, Rail: 30 x 5 cm (LxW), board: 20 x 30 cm (LxW), wood glue

Now it’s time for the new magazine holder for your coffee table. First, glue the board and the rail together. Simply apply glue along the long edge of the boards, press the boards together, and fix using G-clamps. This will hold them together while the glue dries.

Now mark the vertical panel in the position at which you want to attach the magazine rack in the lower third. Fix the rack at this position using G-clamps and on the other side of the board, use the pencil to mark out four drill holes 6 mm apart.

Step 7 8

Pre-drill holes for the magazine rack

The holes for the screws are pre-drilled with a cordless screwdriver.
Pre-drilling the holes allows the screws to be screwed into the wood more easily and cleanly.

You need: Cordless Drill, Wood drill bit: 3 mm with countersink, g-clamps

To ensure a good grip of the screws in the wood, pre-drill the holes. Simply insert the wood drill bit in the cordless drill/driver, and drill to a depth of 4 cm.

Step 8 8

Attach the magazine rack

The screws are screwed in using a cordless impact drill.
The magazine rack is screwed onto the coffee table.

You need: Cordless drill/driver, 1 board: 30 x 30 cm (LxW), 4 screws: 3 x 60 mm, 6 screws: 3 x 16 mm, 4 felt pads

Now you can attach the magazine rack to the vertical panel. Using the cordless screwdriver, drill the long screws through the wood into the rail.

All that’s missing is the tabletop. To attach this, lay the table on its side and hold the wooden panel on the upper part of the table. Place the tabletop in a slightly offset position so that it protrudes slightly more on one side than the other. Then take the short screws and attach the tabletop to the perforated bracket from the underside.

When all screws are in place, your homemade coffee table is ready to use in your living room! It’s just waiting for a coffee cup or wine glass to be placed on it.


To prevent unsightly scratches on the floor, attach four equally spaced felt pads to the bottom of your table. Treat the wood with wood oil now and then to keep your table looking smart.