Balustrade Coffee Table

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DIY balustrade coffee table inspired by Restoration Hardware coffee table.  Save hundreds by building yourself!  Free step by step plans with diagrams, shopping and cut list from

balustrade coffee table
balustrade coffee table
balustrade coffee table
balustrade coffee table
balustrade coffee table

Photo by JHavinga

My good friend Jen from House of Wood asked me to team up with her to build her parents a new coffee table.  She loved the look of Restoration Hardware's Balustrade Coffee Table, and wanted to use a similar style leg.


The folks at Osborne Wood were kind enough to create a custom leg (now available for sale) and worked with us to make the leg as affordable as possible. 

Just add a top and bottom ...

And you've got yourself a beautiful custom coffee table!

Here's from Jen: "It was an easy build… took about 6 hours to build and then 3 days to finish. It turned out really well! Total cost was $95 for lumber and supplies, plus $28/leg. Not a bad project for a couple hundred bucks! Especially when RH sells theirs for $1700."

Jen is sharing her building post here, so please, take a second and stop over and check out lots more photos and tips!


Balustrade Coffee Table Plans

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Balustrade Coffee Table

balustrade coffee table dimensions
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Shopping List
  • 5 - 1x6 @ 6 feet long
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - 1x4 @ 15” long
  • 4 - 2x6 @ 8 feet or stud length
  • 4 - turned pillars (Jen used these from Osborne Wood)
  • 1-1/4” and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws
  • 2” or longer wood screws nails for nailing on feet
Cut List
  • 10 - 1x6 @ 33” long
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 33” long
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 48” long (may need to be cut to fit)
  • 4 - 1x4 @ 3-1/2” long
  • 8 - 2x6 @ 5-1/2” long
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 20” long
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 42” (may need to be cut to fit)
  • 2 - 2x6 @ 33” long 6 - 2x6 @ 44” long
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Start by building the bottom shelf with pocket holes. TIP: I like to cut all my shelf boards a tad long, then join the boards and trim down the tabletop with a circular saw.

After building it, take a second to measure the size of the shelf (1x6 boards can vary in width) - so you may need to adjust some of your cuts or cut as you go.

NOTE: You may wish to attach legs (step 5) before moving on to hide screw holes underneath.

Step 2

Frame up the bottom supports and attach to bottom shelf.

Step 3

Nail and glue the feet on at the bottom shelf corners. You can use 1-1/4" - 2" long nails.

Step 4

Attach the 2x6 blocks to the tops and bottoms of the legs.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach legs together with pocket holes placed on top.

Step 7

Build the tabletop first, then attach to top of coffee table through the boards added in step 6 and legs.

Step 8

For finishing details and building photos, please visit Jen at House of Wood.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Sun, 06/07/2015 - 06:00

This is a beautiful table and a customer recently approached me about building it. My first question is did you use the "Knotty Pine" leg or another one? Secondly my local Home Depot and Lowes doesn't have the best "premium" 2x4's and I was thinking about using the 1x6 Select Pine boards for the top and putting a 2x4 apron around the under side for the look of the desired thickness. Has anyone done this? The 1x6 Select Pine is just a much nice piece of wood vs the premium 2x4's. Thanks again for all your great pieces!


Sun, 11/22/2015 - 18:06

I don't have any furniture building experience and I'm wondering, in Step 1, how many screws do I need on each board?  How far apart should they be from each other, and how close to the edges?


Fri, 01/22/2021 - 16:20

How exactly do you put the bottom shelf (step1) and top together? I've never built anything before, but am tired of the quality of whats available for my budget. I want sturdy real wood furniture that's going to stand up to the beating my family is going to give it but that's also not going to break the bank. No need to spend $1000s on a coffee table that's going to fit my sofa/couch and room.