how to make coffee table with lift top

How to Make a Coffee Table With Lift Top

Making a coffee table with a lift top is a great way to give your living room a unique and useful piece of furniture. With some basic woodworking tools, you can create a coffee table with a hinged lid, which lifts up for extra storage and use.

What You’ll Need

  • Coffee table plan
  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Sandpaper
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Wood glue
  • Drill
  • Stencils or other decorative tools
  • Paint or stain, if desired


  • Create a plan or sketch of your coffee table with a lift top. Include measurements, materials and other details to follow.
  • Cut the wood to the desired lengths and widths, using the saw.
  • Using the drill, create the holes in the corners where the screws will go, using the measurements included in the plan.
  • Attach the side pieces of the table to the top and bottom pieces, using screws. Drill the screws into the pre-made holes.
  • Attach the hinged support for the lift top. Hammer in the nails for extra support.
  • Use wood glue to join any separate pieces. Allow to dry.
  • Sand the edges for a smoother feel and look.
  • Optional: Use stencils, paint or stain the wood to give the table an extra flare.
  • Enjoy your brand new coffee table!

Creating a coffee table with a lift top is not a difficult task to do. With some basic woodworking tools and a willingness to learn, you can make a unique and useful piece of furniture that is sure to be the envy of your friends and family.

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