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How to Make a Crate Coffee Table - Totally Green Crafts

How to Make a Crate Coffee Table

Interior designing is one of the most exciting and thrilling parts of having your own home. You can personally tailor everything inside to your tastes and needs. 

If you are anything like us, then coffee is a crucial part of your life. Having the perfect coffee table will be an important component in your home and would make a great focal point in the room!

We love unique focal points in our homes. Everyone enjoys having their own furniture that fits their style, space and brings them joy when they look at it. 

What is even better is home furnishings that you have made yourself. Not only are you creating an inventive piece of furniture, but also making memories along the way. 

Our favorite homemade furnishing lately is the crate coffee table. This is a stunning combination of function, fit and beautiful design that will look great in any home. 

Crates are a great way of storing our best items, so why not use them to display your favorite conversation starters! You can add books, ornaments, magazines, you name it! Whatever you want to display in your home you can do it with a crate coffee table.

The best thing about making a crate coffee table is that it is super easy and quick to do. Anyone can try their hand at making this beautiful living room staple. All you need is a few crates, screws, craster wheels and some plywood. 

It has never been simpler to make a classic, traditional looking furniture piece that you can enjoy your morning coffee with. What is even more exciting is that you can do all of this on a tight budget for just under $100!

Using pallets in your home furniture has taken over the home design sphere, but we want to take it a step further. Pallets can be heavy and take up a lot of space, and not everyone has the room for them. 

We have the answer! Here is our guide of how to make a crate coffee table. Put your feet up, and have a read of our easy step-by-step instructions to make your own crate style coffee table. 

How to Make a Crate Coffee Table

This is the easiest way to create an aesthetically pleasing coffee table out of cheap crates!

We have an easy nine step method that you can follow for a homemade table that is bound to impress your guests.

You will need:

  • 4 crates
  • Stain or paint
  • Plywood
  • Screws
  • Caster wheels
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Nails

Step One

You will need 4 crates for this method to work.

You can use any type of crate that best suits you, or you can treat it and paint it to match your room. We love the look of these distressed vintage crates that give a beautiful rustic or shabby-chic look to any home.

However, you can buy plain wooden crates that you can treat or paint in any way that suits your home decor. 

Step Two

We recommend that you grab 4 crates and start staining them.

This will bring out the natural markings and color of the wood for a more rustic look.

You must wait for your stain to dry before moving forward.

Step Three

Next, we recommend that you arrange your crates in a way so that you can gauge what the final look will be.

Place them all facing outwards so that they make a square shape with a gap in the middle.

Leave your crates in this position for now.

Step Four

Following this, you must secure the crates together.

You can do this with heavy-duty glue, but we prefer to nail or screw them together. This is easiest to do with an electric screwdriver.

You must secure the crates at all angles so that they fit together as one unit.

Step Five

Once you have screwed the crates together, place them onto the floor ready for the base. 

Step Six

The next step is to grab your piece of plywood. ⅜ plywood is perfect for this project.

It is thick and strong enough to withstand nails and the weight of your crates, whilst also being lightweight.

However, you need to cut it to fit your particular crates.

As your crates are left in their square shape, you can place your plywood on top and mark with a pencil where you need to cut it so that it will fit.

This will act as the base of your crate coffee table.

Step Seven

It may be best for you to add caster wheels to your crate coffee table to make it portable and easy to rearrange.

We love these ones: 

They make no noise, are great for the budget and are durable enough to withstand your table. Make sure that you space them in every corner equally so that your coffee table is perfectly balanced.

Step Eight

Following this, make sure that your wheels are all properly fitted, and then you must nail the base to the crates for extra stability.  

Step Nine

Start decorating your coffee table with ornaments, vases or books and enjoy your beautiful homemade crate coffee table!

You can add stones or a plant to the middle as a cute centerpiece. 

And that’s all folks! We hope you enjoy making your own stunning coffee table that will add some interest to your living space.

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