DIY Entry Table

My husband and I recently moved and I feel like I have this never-ending list of furniture to purchase for this house. Problem is, we are renting and don’t want to fork out a lot of money for furniture that may not fit or go in our next home. That’s why we have been busy building a lot of things that we want in this house for CHEAP. This DIY entry table takes care of our needs now and I don’t feel bad if it doesn’t belong in future houses.

I made this gallery wall in our entryway of pictures from our travels but the wall still looked so bare. I’m so glad I was able to make this table just the size needed to fill the space.

The dimensions for this table are 48″x12″x31″. We purchased the wood for this table for a whopping 17$! That includes 1 1×12 and 4 2x2s. So simple!

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48″ 1×12

4 30″ 2×2

4 44″ 2×2

4 8″ 2×2

Sanding block

3″ screws and drill

Wood glue


We didn’t have access to the table saw we used for our DIY Hexagon Shelves and Bookshelf Ledges but it wasn’t a problem! Home Depot made the cuts for us which made this project even simpler. They say they charge 1$ after two cuts but no one ever charged us so… it’s cheaper than buying a saw!

For this table, I used my favorite color, Kona, again and chose not to put a sealer on it for a more rustic look.


First sand all of your pieces. Next build the side rectangles by attaching 2 30″ pieces to 2 8″ pieces, twice. I apologize for the dark pictures, we started this late at night.

Then connect the rectangles with the 4 44″ pieces.

This is the frame of your table!

Next, secure the 48″ 1×12 to the top.

Sand all the pieces again to make all surfaces more even. Wipe down your table and stain.

I don’t think you’re going to find anything this size for 17$ at the store! This piece is very versatile and can be used in an entryway or behind the couch.

If you like this tutorial, check out my DIY End Table. Enjoy these free plans and share with me on Instagram!

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  • Reply Janine

    When did you use the wood glue? And where did you use the nails?

    August 2, 2019 at 8:01 PM
    • Reply Taylor Ann

      I used the wood glue when connecting two pieces of wood, and then screwed them together to make them extra secure.

      August 6, 2019 at 10:01 AM
      • Reply Angela

        What type of wood did you use for the project?

        September 5, 2019 at 9:07 PM
        • Reply Taylor Ann

          I used common board.

          September 17, 2019 at 7:29 AM
    • Reply Kelig

      The glue goes where parts stick together and so do the nails

      November 30, 2019 at 2:04 PM

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