Build your own DIY console tables with these beginner-friendly ideas and woodworking plans. From entryways to the living room, you will find one you love!
Console tables are one of my favorite types of tables! Its no wonder I have built 3 of them and they are some of my favorite and popular projects!
A console table is a very hard working, attention-demanding versatile piece of furniture.
They can fit any style and can range from a simple minimal design to eye-catching pieces of art.
Features of a console table
- With a typical width of 16-22″, it is perfect for narrow hallways and entryways.
- The typical height of a console table is 20-24” – about counter height which makes the top easily accessible while standing.
- It can be a simple table with a top and 4 legs or can have a variety of features including drawers or shelves.
Uses of a console table
- In the entryway – as a place to set down keys and other items. It can also have covered storage for shoes etc.
- In a hallway – adds additional storage in a space with no storage at all.
- In the living room – they work really well as a sofa table.
- In the kitchen/dining room – Some console tables even have wine organizers!
- As a room divider – its slender design can help create a visual divider in a room.
- Purely decorative – why not?! Some console tables are just works of art and can be used to add a decor element in a room.
My favorite place for a console table is the entryway. It gives you a chance to display your personality at the entrance of your home.
All of that said, it is really quite easy to build a console table.
I have collected 21 DIY console table ideas which include woodworking plans to guide you step by step.
DIY Console Table Ideas
1. Ballard Design Inspired DIY Console Table from Anika’s DIY Life
This console table is based on a Ballard Designs design which retails for over $750! I made this with about $35 in lumber.
It might look complicated with all the angled cuts but I promise you it is super simple to build! I have the woodworking plans available for you.
2. DIY Rustic X-Leg Console Table from Anika’s DIY Life
If you are leaning towards a more farmhouse style, this X-leg console table with work perfectly! It has shelves to coral items and the beautiful legs make it eye-catching!
3. DIY Mirrored Console Table from Anika’s DIY Life
This one right here is an absolute show stopper if I may say so myself. It still sits in my entryway and I would have it no other way!
The design is based on a $1500 version (no longer available) and used only about $120 of material. The build itself was originally inspired by Ana White and I decided to cut all those mirrors and attach them to create a very unique piece of furniture.
4. Entryway Console Table from PMQ for Two
If mid-century modern is your vibe, this console table from PMQ for 2 is for you!
This slender console table is cleverly designed to camouflage the unsightly heater.
5. Small Console Table from Houseful of Handmade
This small distressed farmhouse style console table will easily fit anywhere you in your home. The angled legs add a unique touch. Plus it has drawers!
6. DIY Coastal Console Table from Charleston Crafted
This is a really simple console table to build! The blend of simple and coastal makes this the perfect console table for any space.
7. DIY X-Base Console Table from Woodshop Diaries
Another X-leg console table which with work in the living room or bedroom, storage for blankets, pillows, baskets, or books,
8. Double X Console Table from Her Toolbelt
Can you believe this rustic console table uses only $38 in lumber?! It is the perfect beginner build and looks like a million dollars!
9. Console Table with Scroll Legs from Her Toolbelt
To make a console table fancy, all you need to do is switch up the legs! Get the look of an RH piece at a fraction of the cost. And surprisingly easy to make too!
10. Grand Island Console Table from Her Toolbelt
Bring island style into your home with this console table with faux drawers. It’s the perfect size for any entryway.
11. 2×4 Console Table from Her Toolbelt
This unique console table design is made up of 2x4s and will blow everyone’s minds! It is a beginner build – I am not kidding!
12. DIY Dining Room Sideboard from Jaime Costiglio
This pretty blue console table makes a great dining room sideboard. It’s easy to make and doesn’t use any drawer slides.
13. Apothecary Console Table from Lazy Guy DIY
Apothecary tables are very trendy and this one has working drawers! It reminds me of a card catalog at the library, back when they had them that is.
14. Rustic X Console Table from Ana White
A rustic console table with lots of storage made from 2x4s. Yes, you read that right! It’s a popular build and really easy to do.
15. Farmhouse V Console Table from Handmade Haven
A Kreg Jig pocket hole system, pocket hole screws and wood glue are all you need to build this simple farmhouse V console table.
16. Industrial Console Cart from Handmade Haven
A DIY console table will fit in anywhere. It is perfect from small homes and I think it will work perfectly in a kitchen too!
17. DIY Slim Truss Console Table from The Inspired Workshop
This Urban Farmhouse Designs knockoff is super skinny and extra long. Perfect for your entryway and a great for storage.
18. Simple Sofa Table from Jaime Costiglio
Looking for a solution for a surface behind your sofa? Need a place to put drinks or a lamp? This easy DIY console table will get the job done.
19. Fretwork Console Table from The Created Home
Get your miter saw ready! This DIY console table has a lot of cuts to be made, but when you’re done you will have the most gorgeous table! Check out how The Created Home built this and the plans are available from the amazing Jen Woodhouse!
20. $40 Farmhouse Console Table from Shanty 2 Chic
This is the most basic beginner-friendly build! You can build this console table with just 8 2×6 boards!
21. X Brace Console Table from Rogue Engineer
The X design support for this DIY console table is the perfect accent for this one and you can build it for just $40 in lumber!
And there you have it.
Lots of DIY console table inspiration for you to make your own.
Which one will you build?