Narrow Console Table [Modern Farmhouse Collection]

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This gorgeous narrow console table fits anywhere! It's simple design works with most styles, and it's easy to build for about $30!  Uses all whitewood 1x boards, and nailed together.  No plywood, no pocket holes, no screws.  

This console table was inspired by this piece.

No matter how tight your situation, there's a project for that!

Our narrow console table is less than a foot deep, so can fit anywhere from behind the sofa to in a hall.  It's perfect in a tight entry, or just on a blank wall that could use a light piece of furniture.

We love it stained for a rustic look.

narrow console table stained wood rustic look

We love it painted for a modern farmhouse look.

narrow console table white farmhouse

We love it wide too.  You can easily make it four or five feet wide by simply using a 4 or 5 foot board for the top and bottom (purchase an 8 or 10 foot 1x10 and cut in half.

narrow console table

You can also go extra wide, for long halls or behind sectionals or to use in the dining room as a buffet or console.  Just add a center leg support -

narrow dining buffet

There's alot of ways that you can customize this piece perfect for your home.

Video Tutorial

We did a video of this console table build, to offer some tips and tricks while putting it together.  


Narrow Console Table Plans

narrow console table
Narrow Console Table dimensions shown above


Shopping List
  • 1 - 2x4 @ 10 feet long
  • 2 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long (you'll need to divide the cuts out equally between the two 1x4s to make it work)
  • 1 - 1x10 @ 6 feet long
  • 1-1/4" and 2" brad nails
  • wood glue
Cut List
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 9-1/4" or width of shelf board
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 23"
  • 8 - 2x4 @ 5-1/2" - long point to long point measurement, both ends cut at 45 degrees, ends NOT parallel
  • 2 - 1x10 @ 35-1/2"
  • 4 - 1x4 @ 9-1/4" or width of shelf board (cut two from each 1x4)
  • 4 - 1x4 @ 37" (cut two from each 1x4)
Cutting Instructions

Cut all boards with a compound miter saw.


Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Start by building the top portion of the leg.

Make sure the 45 degree joints meet up perfectly with the leg and the top 2x4 - if the angled piece ends up being a little long or a little short it won't matter.  What does matter is they are attached at 45 degrees to the leg.

Use the carpenter's square to make sure the top is at a right angle to the leg.

Use glue with all nailed joints.

Step 2

Attach the leg to one of the 1x10 boards, centers matching.  

Step 3

Add the angled supports, making sure the 45 degree joints are perfect (again, if the ends of the angled pieces are too long or too short and don't meet exactly with the edge of the 1x10, this is NOT a big deal).

You can use a level to make sure everything is attached plumb, or a carpenter's square to check that the leg is being attached to the top at a 90 degree angle.

Once the angled supports are attached, it will be difficult to adjust.

Step 4

Cut the 1x4 pieces to match the width of the 1x10.

Attach with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue.

Step 5

Cut the 1x4 boards for the front trim and nail on with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue.

Step 6

Flip the project over.

Nail 1x4 trim to the ends of the top 1x10 with glue and 1-1/4" brad nails.

Attach to the 2x4 top with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue

Step 7

Finish the front by adding the 1x4 with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
I sanded the project with 120 grit sandpaper.
I then vacuumed the project to remove sanding residue.
Finish Used
For stained finish, I used Rustoleum Briarsmoke. I did not fill my nail holes, but would recommend using a similar colored wood filler to fill nail holes after the stain.

For painted finish, I used Behr Marquee in Satin in off the shelf white. I filled nail holes with wood filler before painting, sanding off excess.



Wed, 02/05/2020 - 19:12

Do you think this would work as a end table? Would it tip easily? I would make it shorter, of course.