how to build a glass-top recessed coffee table

How to Build a Glass-Top Recessed Coffee Table

Building a glass-top recessed coffee table is a relatively easy DIY project that you can do in a few hours. The project can involve many different materials, so you can choose to create a table that is unique and customized to match your decor. When completed, glass-top recessed coffee tables are a stylish and useful addition to any room.


  • Lumber (or pre-made form)
  • Glass
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Wood sealer
  • Screws
  • Drill

Step One: Making the Table Form

The first step to building a glass-top recessed coffee table is to make the table form from lumber. You can buy lumber from a home center or you can use pre-made forms. Once you’ve cut the lumber to the desired size, you’ll want to sand the edges and sides with sandpaper. It’s also a good idea to apply a wood sealer to the form to make it easier for paint to adhere to the wood.

Step Two: Painting the Table

Once the form is complete, you’ll need to paint it. Choose a color that will match your decor. You can either use a brush or a spray paint. To ensure that the paint adheres to the wood, you can apply a wood sealer first. Let the paint dry before proceeding to the next step.

Step Three: Adding the Glass

Now that the form is complete and painted, you’ll need to add the glass top. To fit the glass onto the form, you’ll need to attach screw brackets to the sides of the form. Place the glass on the form and mark the screw holes. With the help of a drill, screw the brackets into the form and the glass.

Step Four: Finishing Touches

Finally, you’ll need to add finishing touches such as cushions or decorations for the table. Once you’ve completed these steps, you’ll have a beautiful and unique glass-top recessed coffee table that you can enjoy for years to come.

Congratulations! You’ve now completed your DIY project.

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