1x12 Coffee Table with Storage and Shelves

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Build your own storage coffee table with easy, free plans using only 1x12 boards!

This is a beginner DIY project that you can build with basic tools and materials.  Free plans from Ana-White.com


This coffee table is easy to build and adds tons of storage right to the middle of your living room.  We love it to store a home office, home school, toys, board games, gaming components and more!

Use it As A Home Gym Storage Center

Hide a home gym in the middle of your living room  This genius coffee table cleverly stores yoga mats, hand weights and other home gym accessories, and rolls out of the way to create a workout area.  T

home workout coffee table storage ideas

This beautiful solid wood coffee table is the solution!

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Hidden inside is your home GYM ...

Big, roomy space sized generously for an exercise or yoga mat, foam blocks, exercise bands, hand weights and more - right where you need it.

living room workout home gym area

On wheels, it's DESIGNED to roll out of the way to create floor space for working out.

home gym ideas coffee table storageThen roll right back and store the equipment.

It's a home gym hidden right where you need it - in the middle of your living room!

I Need This!  How Do I Get It?

This is an original design that you can't buy - you have to DIY with our free plans. You'll need four 1x12 boards, a drill and a saw to tackle this build. Here's a quick video of me building this project:



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Roll Away Home Gym Storage

home gym coffee table dimensions
Standard rectangle coffee table size, good for sofas and sectionals. Fits most yoga mats.


Shopping List
  • 4 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long *
  • 50 - 1-5/8" long self tapping wood screws with Star bit (SPAX or similar)
  • 1 - set of 3" butt hinges 
  • 4 - 3" caster wheels
  • 16 - 1/2" long screws for attaching caster wheels (make sure the screw head is big enough to not pass throuh the caster holes)

*IMPORTANT: Make sure all 1x12 boards are the same width

Cut List
  • 4 - 1x12 @ 47-1/2" - top and bottom pieces
  • 1 - 1x12 @ 8" - divider
  • 2 - 1x12 @ 46" - uprights
  • Measure and cut sides to fit in step 1 (about 22-1/2")
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Miter Saw
Power Sander


Step 1

Since 1x12 boards can vary slightly in overall width, I recommend cutting the side pieces of the coffee table to fit.

To do this, lay out two 1x12 @ 47-1/2" on a flat surface.  Place your hinge in the gap, with only the pin visible on the top. 

Then measure the width of the two 1x12s plus the gap for the hinges.

It should be about 22-1/2" - give or take 1/4".

Cut two 1x12s to match this measurement.  These will be your side pieces.

Step 2

Attach the two side pieces with screws (4 per joint) to the 1x12s @ 46" long.  

Step 3

Attach the divider with screws to the center of the open area.

Step 4

Attach bottom 1x12s to the bottom, all outside edges are flush.  Use the 1x12s to square up the coffee table.  Screw to all available edges.

Step 5

Optional dividers can be added to the hidden storage area.

Step 6

On the top, attach one of the 1x12s to the top with screws to all available edges.

Step 7

Attach the remaining 1x12 to the top 1x12 with the hinge.  Orientate so when closed, any board cupping is facing downward.

NOTE: Before attaching any hardware, it's a good time to paint or stain.

Step 8

Attach caster wheels to bottom with caster wheel screws.