It’s no secret that coffee tables can burn a very deep hole in your pocket. Buying a new one can cost several hundred dollars at the minimum. If you’re looking to buy a new one, either because of a defect in your current one or out of a desire to change how your room looks and feels, we have the perfect solution. In this article, we’ll teach you how to make fancy coffee tables out of wine crates. This can save you a ton of money, while also allowing you to have some fun while doing it. Armed with your personal touch, the homemade coffee table is bound to feel right at home in whichever room you choose to place it in. So find out more about amazing DIY wine crate side tables!
Gathering the Equipment
Making a coffee table out of wine crates is way simpler than it sounds.
The first thing you’ll need to do to get started is source four wine crates. If you don’t have any at home, you can always ask your local restaurant or winery for some. In the event that this doesn’t work, purchasing some online is also a very economical option. The one listed on Michaels will serve the purpose well, and one crate only costs approximately $10 without a discount coupon.
Here’s what else you’ll need:
- Paint or stainer for wood (optional)
- Four casters
- Caster bolts
- A plywood board
Making Coffee Tables from Wine Crates
- Step 1: Stain the crates with a color of your choice.
To do this, get an oil-based or water-based paint depending on your usage preference. The latter dries faster, but the former is easier to work with. Also, oil-based paints smell much stronger than its alternative.
Shake your can generously, and test the paint before using your brush. If the coat isn’t uniform, you’ll need to add a wood conditioner to your can. Leave the painted crates to dry overnight, and if you find that the color isn’t dark enough, add an additional coat before moving to the next step. Paint the crates a little darker than you’d like them, since the shade will lighten as the color gets absorbed into the wood. Lastly, don’t forget to use a finish once the paint dries. Finishes come with varying degrees of shine, so pick wisely. Step 1 is entirely optional, but it might be necessary if your crates are covered with too many logos or designs.
- Step 2: Screw the wheels onto the corners of the plywood board.
You’ll need to measure the size of your crates and buy a board that will fit four crates perfectly.
- Step 3: Now, arrange the four crates in the shape of two opposite L’s.
Pack them together as tightly as you can and screw them together, and to the plywood. You’ll notice that there is an empty rectangular space left in the middle. You can use this for a variety of purposes. If you have some spare wood, you could craft a tray that’s deep enough to store whatever you intend it to. Be it game console remotes, books, decorations, or confectionaries, you could use it for anything.
And that’s it! With just three steps, you can make your very own coffee table at home. If you’re worried that it won’t support too much weight, don’t be, the plywood will take of it. As for further customization, you can always add stickers, or mix and match colors to jazz up the table. The entire set up should not cost you more than $100, and if you do all the steps right, you could have the table ready with 12-15 hours of work, and a few days’ time.