how to build a fish tank coffee table

How to build a Fish Tank Coffee Table

Do you want to make your living space look eye-catching and unique? Building your own fish tank coffee table is the perfect way to go about it. It is not as complicated as it looks, and there are lots of kit versions you can buy for relatively cheap.

What You’ll Need

  • Coffee Table Plans
  • Fish Tank or Glass Tank
  • Wood
  • Roofing Felt
  • Plywood
  • Struts and Casters
  • Wood Glue

Step:1 Cut the Plywood for the Tank Sides

It is important to obtain the correct measurements for your plywood before cutting. Mark the wood with a pencil, including the necessary measurements and angles. Cut to the marked measurement and check that they fit the gap around the tank- use a pencil to mark corrections if needed.

Step:2 Attach the Sides to the Plywood Deck

Generally, you should fit the side panels to the plywood deck. To keep the sides in place, use a liberal amount of glue. Once the sides are securely in place, insert the struts in to the gaps between the sides and the deck. This will reinforce the structure and make it strong enough to hold the tank.

Step:3 Glue the Roofing Felt To the Sides and Deck

To prevent any water from seeping out, you must attach roofing felt to the sides of the table and to the deck. This is also vital for preventing any condensation from forming on the inside of the tank. Attach the felt with wood glue and allow it to dry.

Step:4 Place the Tank in the Hole and Secure

Before placing the tank in your hole, make sure the hole is level. Secure the tank firmly with glue and screws. Put some weight on the tank to ensure it is securely in place. Finally, use some casters to make your fish tank coffee table easy to move around.


With the right measurements and some persistence, you’ll have a stylish, unique fish tank coffee table in no time!

Happy building!

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