Easy DIY End Table – West Elm Inspired

This DIY end table inspired by West Elm is a great beginner project. Build your own with easy to follow step-by-step detailed plans and tutorial!

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Chunky Tiered end table next to couch

This DIY end table looks really great right?!

But what you are really going to be amazed at is how easy it is to build!

Let’s get into that in just a little bit.

First I should probably tell you about my living room. Sadly, I have been ignoring it and hoping everything will fall into place slowly. It even went through a virtual makeover to give me ideas on what to do with the space!

I decided to start building and adding furniture and started with this little DIY end table.Side view of DIY tiered end table

Well, it isn’t really little.

It is quite chunky.

I have been digging that chunky looking furniture lately, especially, since I built the West Elm inspired Emerson Buffet in collaboration with Jen Woodhouse.

So I went ahead and built a West Elm inspired end table using a similar concept. Close up view of DIY tiered end table with metallic accents

The best part is that not only does it look great, but it is also super easy to make too! No special woodworking skills needed. You can totally make this in half a day!

Plus, if you are like me and have a huge stockpile of scrap wood, you can build it out of that! The only lumber  I had to buy was half a sheet of plywood and a couple of 1×3 boards.

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Materials Needed for the DIY End Table

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DIY End Table

Here is an overview video of how to build this end table.






How to Build the DIY End Table

The table is basically built like a skeleton on the inside. The interiors are hollow and that makes the table a lot less heavy than it looks and planks are nailed on top of the skeleton.Inside of the DIY end table

I shared the detailed step by step tutorial with pictures on how to build this over on Jen Woodhouse’s blog  a few months ago. You can refer to that for all the details.

Or you can download the detailed printable plans with schematics for this DIY end table here

Finishing the DIY End Table

To give the end table a semi-modern/industrial look, I decided to stain it Carbon Grey.

I cut up strips of  Stainless steel contact paper and attached it to the spacers to add the metallic for the industrial look.

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I am so pleased with how it turned out and it fits right in with my decor!

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  1. Oh my gosh, this table…..fabulous! I love the design and the tiers, it adds so much interest and isn’t your standard end table. I can’t wait to see what you do with the rest of your living room!

  2. Outstanding job, and I love it! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Tracy King says:

    Very nice and different as well. Thanks so much for these plans. I truly appreciate the time and effort it takes.

    1. Thank you Tracy!

  4. Lexie Harvey says:

    Nice modern design, but as a practical person, i see it as high maintenance. My home has 2 dogs and i live in a dry (and dusty) area (southern california). The deeply recessed “metallic” interior with the front forward wood trim leaves a deep catch all area for dust and dog hairs. The deep recess looks like it will be tough to vacuum.
    However with a few modifications i think it could make a great looking outdoor planter.

    1. Hi Lexie! I understand your concerns. I live in Southern California too and we have had this end table for over 6 months. The recess isn’t very deep and a duster easily goes through and picks up any dust. I have also used the stick attachment for a vacuum to clean it up. But a planter like this sounds amazing too!!

  5. Love it, really jealous of all your handiness! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling sunday as always!

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