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Simple and practical: the homemade coffee table for your living room

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Picture of a C shaped coffee table next to a sofa
Update your home with this coffee table
  • Difficulty
  • Costs
    100-200 £
  • Duration
    3-8 h


This space saving coffee table is perfect for keeping your favourite hot drink close by as well as storing all of your books and magazines. Create your own with our step by step guide.

What you need

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Additional items
  • face mask
  • protective goggles
  • screw clamps
  • Protective gloves
  • Pencil
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Material list
  • High-quality glued laminated plywood/worktop, at least 2 cm thick
  • Mounting angle (metal L-reinforcement bracket), 20 cm long
  • wood glue
  • 4 felt pads
  • 6 screws, 4 x 16 mm
  • 8 screws, 4 x 60 mm
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's start - step by step

1 8

Measure out the wooden panels

Cutting the wooden pannels to length using a nanoblade saw

What you need: jigsaw, Pencil, measuring tape, wood

Cut the wooden panels to the following sizes:

  • Tabletop and base plate: 30 cm x 30 cm each
  • Vertical panel: 30 cm wide, height depends on the sofa armrest; in this case, 90 cm
  • Magazine rack: board: 20 cm x 30 cm, slat: 30 cm x 5 cm

2 8

Sand down the wooden panels

Sanding the wooden pannels with a multi-sander to get smooth edges

Carefully sand the edges of the wooden panels with a multi-sander and then clean the work surface with a vacuum.

3 8


Picture showing a cordless drill/driver makign pre-drill holes in wood

Take the base plate and draw four markings close to the edge with a distance of 6cm between each marking. Then pre-drill the holes using a cordless drill/driver.

4 8

Fixing the base plate

Fixing the base plate to the vertical plate with a cordless drill/driver

What you need: Cordless drill/driver, screws

Put the base plate up and lay the vertical panel in front of it, so that they can be screwed together. Screw the plates together using a cordless drill/driver and four screws, 4 x 60 mm long.

5 8

Attach the mounting angle

Attaching the mounting angle with a cordless screwdriver

What you need: cordless screwdriver, screw clamps, screws

Next fixate the vertical panel on the opposite side using the G-clamp and put the mounting angle in position. Attach the mounting angle to the vertical panel with a cordless screwdriver and three short screws.

6 8

Now add the tabletop

Measuring our the position of the tabletop

What you need: cordless screwdriver, Pencil, screws

Afterwards, take the tabletop and mark the position of the mounting angle on the underside of the tabletop, 9cm from the edge. Then attach the tabletop to the vertical panel through the mounting angle by screwing in the other three short screws using a cordless screwdriver.

7 8

Building the magazine rack

Attaching the magazine rack to the coffee table with a cordless drill/driver

What you need: Cordless drill/driver, Pencil, screw clamps, Wood glue, wooden boards, screws

The next step is to build the magazine rack. To do so, first brush wood glue onto the 30cm long sides of the magazine rack's slat and board. Then attach the short slat to the board using the G-clamp. Once it is dry, turn the table into the upright position and mark the desired position of the magazine rack on the lower third of the table. Then attach the magazine rack in the marked position with a G-clamp. Next mark the position of the magazine rack on the other side using the approximate centre of the slat for guidence. Along this line, at a distance of 6cm, mark the four holes. Use a cordless drill/driver to pre-drill the four holes 4cm deep.

8 8

Attaching the magazine rack

Screwing the magazine holder to the coffee table using a cordless screwdriver

What you need: cordless screwdriver, screws

Attach the magazine rack to the panel using four screws (4 x 60 mm) using a cordless screwdriver. Then you can remove the G-clamp again. To protect the floor, attach felt pads to the underside of the coffee table.

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Acacia or walnut wood give the coffee table an elegant, sophisticated look. For the best protection and richest colour, we recommend that you treat the table with wood oil.

Legal notice

Bosch does not accept any responsibility for the instructions stored here. Bosch would also like to point out that you follow these instructions at your own risk. For your own safety, please take all the necessary precautions.