how to make a coffee table display case

How to Make a Coffee Table Display Case

Doing a DIY project to make a display case for your coffee table is a great way to add an attractive accent to your living space while also displaying your favorite items. All you need to do is follow some easy steps and you’ll have a display case that will be cherished for years to come.

Step 1: Choose Your Case Design

When selecting a design for your case, it’s a good idea to go with a simplistic design. You don’t want to overcomplicate the project. Anything with straight lines is usually a good approach. Think of the case as essentially a box with a front door.

Step 2: Measure and Cut the Wood

Using your design plan as a guide, decide what type of wood you’ll be using and then get to work in cutting the pieces for the box and door. If you have a jigsaw, use it for curved lines, otherwise it’s best to stick to straight cuts with a handsaw or circular saw.

Step 3: Assemble the Case

Once you have all your pieces cut, it’s time to assemble the box and front door. Use wood glue and clamp the box together and let it dry overnight. Then attach the hinges for the door and drill pilot holes before attaching the handle.

Step 4: Stain and Seal the Case

Stain and seal the case with a finish of your choosing. This can make or break the look of your case so be sure to spend time on this step. To make it easier, use a pre-made stain and sealant to give the case an even finish.

Step 5: Add Finishing Touches

Now you’re ready to put the finishing touches on your case. This step is fun and you can get as creative as you like. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Add trim or molding – Trim or molding along the door or sides can give the case an elegant look.
  • Add Interior Shelves – If you’re displaying items, you’ll want shelves to create compartments.
  • Add Lights – Add lighting around the edges of the case to make whatever you’re displaying more visible.
  • Add Glass Panes – Use stained glass for a unique look, or opt for clear glass to keep things simple.


Creating a custom coffee table display case is easy if you follow the steps outlined above. The best part is that it’s completely customizable so you can create the perfect look for your living space. So go ahead, get creative and have fun with your project!

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