DIY Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table

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For a while now I’ve been swooning over all the beautiful mid century furniture that’s been showing up all over the place. Unfortunately it’s all pretty pricey. And we all know what I do when I don’t want to pay for something…I make it myself. 
Mid-Century Modern style is so clean and simple which made this coffee table super easy to make. I mean you really can’t get any easier then this! 
You will need:
STEP 1: Start by sanding all of your wood pieces.
STEP 2: Using one of your foam brushes, stain all the wood pieces (We did 2 coats on the panel and only one coat on the legs)
STEP 3: Once your stain is completely dry, use your other foam brush to coat the pieces with polyurethane. Once dry add another coat. 
STEP 4: Set the board on a flat surface with the bottom facing up. Measure in 6″ from the end and 2.5″ from the side. This is where the middle of the bracket will be positioned. Do this 3 more times on each corner. Then screw on each bracket.
STEP 5: Screw on all the legs and turn the table over.
STEP 6: Sit on your couch and prop your feet up on your new coffee table. 
Jamie BartlettDIY Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table


  1. Jen   Reply

    Wow! I am so overwhelmed with how awesome this is – I am totally psyched to do this now. Great instructions and links!! Do you have any comments on the stability of the legs or weight limit? Not like I'll be doing any dancing on it, but still just curious on your thoughts. Thanks! 🙂

    1. apairofpears   Reply

      Great question Jen. It's pretty sturdy. I guess I probably wouldn't sit on it though. But it's perfect for holding books and drinks. Other than that it's a prefect size for our little apartment size living room.

  2.   Reply

    I'm buying my first house two weeks from today and I love all things midcentury. But you're so right, they are pretty pricey, even at thrift stores nowadays. I am completely in love with this table and I'm going to Lowe's Sunday afternoon to buy everything I need! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!

  3. Morgan Owens   Reply

    This coffee table will surely fit our Mid-Century themed house. I like how the carpet, sofa and the table were being put together; with the help of my husband we’ll surely follow your steps and I hope it will be a success!

  4. Oliver Bates   Reply

    What I find striking about this table is the color. I'm not really fond of lacquered (or near-lacquered) furniture, but this one gives me a different feel. I guess it's because of the gold accents on the legs. Is it even lacquered, by the way?

  5. Dr. Cakerton   Reply

    Thanks for the awesome plans. I expanded slightly on the original design by placing two 20in 1x2s across the short side and putting a second pine panel on top. The design is a little more substantial and allows a few small cubbies to place magazines or remotes. I may build a tray to go in the middle hole. For those interested I spaced the 1x2s (with the long size vertical) 12inches in from the board (so the outer cubbies are 12in and the inner cubby is 24in wide).

    Thanks again for the create plans and design!

  6. flynn   Reply

    This is really great! My husband and I are looking into a few options for doing a coffee table much like this, but are worried about the cost. Do you remember how much your materials came to when you were finished?


  7. Davis   Reply

    I just love this DIY mid century modern coffee table pretty much. I think it's a brilliant design and for home decoration such furniture is enormous. Just surprised to see how creative work can anyone produce through DIY.

  8. Thelma   Reply

    This an amazing review of DIY mid century modern coffee table. I'm a great fan of unique designed tables and glad to find some furniture line from my favorite. These furniture's are decorative as well for home or office decoration. Thanks.