45+ DIY Coffee Table Ideas Built with Pipe and Fittings
When designing a living room or den, choosing a coffee table is often an afterthought. However, there’s something to be said about a coffee table’s ability to be the focal point of a room. Building your own with pipe and fittings give you the option to let your imagination run wild and repurpose some truly unique materials for the tabletop.
Kee Klamp fittings are ideal connectors for these sorts of projects thanks to their modular nature and screw set design, meaning they don’t require threaded pipe in order to build supports. The only tools you’ll need are an Allen wrench and a screwdriver to connect your tabletop to the frame.
In this article, we’ll take a look at over 45 different coffee tables you can build with Kee Klamp fittings and pipe. Many use fascinating repurposed materials for the top, such as industrial cable spools or old bowling alley lanes. With Kee Klamp fittings, there’s no limit to what you can build. So let’s get started:
The distressed chrome bottom shelves give these tables an eye-catching appeal. They also use Standard Railing Flange fittings to attach the tabletops, giving more of an industrial look to the dark wood.
To float the bottom shelves, use Single Socket Tee fittings to make an x-shaped support. Because these fittings use a set screw and not a threaded design, you can adjust the angle however you want.
Keren of Texas aged the metal accents and stained the dark oak tabletop using only a few common supplies, including vinegar, steel wool, and toilet bowl cleaner. The bottom shelf appears to float on top of the x-shaped supports but is actually fixed to the pipes using a Rail Support fitting, while the legs of the table use these casters.
- Length: 3' (Configurable)
- Depth: 3' (Configurable)
- Height: 19" (Configurable)
- Forty-five Minutes
- Allen Key
Upcycle an old, wobbly table by salvaging the top and attaching a new set of legs. This family chose to use decoupage to add a bit of color to a previously white IKEA table. The best part is that you don’t need any DIY experience to build the legs. Simply input the desired height, depth, and width of your table into this basic table frame kit and you’re good to go.
Leo of Michigan made this beautiful tabletop using reclaimed bowling alley lanes, which makes for a great conversation piece. Industrial fittings and pipe complement the style and draw more attention to the actual tabletop. Leo also loved that this frame was quick to build and high quality.
Donald wanted new den furniture with an industrial look, so he added legs on casters to a dark stained tabletop. The frame is similar to this basic kit but includes a fifth leg to provide more support to the middle of the table. To build a table with the same configuration, feel free to reach out to our team for free design assistance before getting started.
If you only have space for a small accent table, consider making it taller so that there’s room for additional shelves. This piece would be a breeze for even the most beginner DIYer.
To replicate it, you’ll need 16 Flange fittings, four long pieces of pipe, and four shorter pieces of pipe. Assembly is as easy as attaching the Flange fittings to the pipe using an Allen wrench, then screwing the fittings into the tabletop.
- Length: Configurable
- Depth: Configurable
- Height: 2.5' (Configurable)
- Thirty Minutes
- Allen Key
When you build a coffee table with industrial fittings and pipe, almost anything can be used as a tabletop. This incredibly unique piece was made using a cable spool pulled from a dumpster, while rope gives it a more rustic feel. To build the legs, you’ll need two Flange fittings and a length of pipe for each.
This industrial coffee table has rustic boards which appear to float next to the pipe. You can achieve the same illusion using the Single Tab Panel fitting. The table also features a second shelf underneath for additional storage.
This coffee table is another example of how almost anything can be used for the top. In this case, Bob and his family had a piece of slate for thirty years that they’d previously used under a wood stove. From start to finish, they were able to convert it into a table within two hours.
Industrial fittings and pipe help balance out traditional wood accents so that furnishings look less dated. Another modern feature of this table is that the wood appears to float independently of the pipes thanks to these Single Tab Panel fittings.
With their slim profile, Single Tab Panel fittings are a good option for supporting shelves if you don’t want to screw a large hole into the wood.
Opting to build your table with unfinished boards that match wood flooring is a good way to keep the room feeling airy and bright. This design attaches the tabletop on Single Tab Panel fittings so that there’s less of a need for additional cross supports.
The slightly slimmer, boxier frame of this table was built with Kee Lite fittings. Kee Lite fittings are just as durable as Kee Klamp fittings but are about half of the weight. They also have a sleeker, more modern look, which in this case pairs well with the light color palette of the room.
Building tables with Kee Klamp fittings makes outfitting your office quick and affordable, without compromising on style or durability. This particular table is in the Simplified Building office and has a custom-built concrete top. You can recreate the frame with this rugged table frame kit, then recess the top using Male Single Swivel Socket fittings.
To build the top level of this coffee table, use Side Outlet Elbow fittings to attach four pieces of pipe that are slightly longer than the width and length of your tabletop. Don’t forget to add the Single Tab Panel fittings so that you can float the recessed shelves.
Build the bottom level by using 90° Side Outlet Tee fittings to attach four more pieces of pipe, then bring it all together by screwing the fittings into the legs.
Use a glass top to draw more attention to a table’s unique frame. If you like the functionality of Kee Klamp fittings but you don’t like the look of metallic pipes, you can always choose to paint them a different color. Our powder coating service offers over 150 different color options in both flat and glossy styles.
- Length: 28" (Configurable)
- Depth: 28" (Configurable)
- Height: 2' (Configurable)
- One Hour
- Allen Key
For people who like to keep their homes looking effortlessly clean and tidy, minimalist design is the answer. To recreate this frame, you’ll only need four Side Outlet Elbow fittings and two Single Socket Tee fittings from the Kee Lite line, which is half the weight but just as durable as regular Kee Klamp fittings.
Convert a stationary table to mobile in a matter of seconds by using bored out Flange fittings for the feet, then inserting casters into them whenever you’re ready to make the switch. Kee Klamp fittings are also corrosion resistant, so you can use your table outside without worrying about damage.
If you want a new tabletop with blonde colored wood and an affordable price tag, check out the GERTON tabletop from IKEA. This particular tabletop is popular with Kee Klamp customers for its timeless style and ease of use with Kee Klamp fittings.
Simply input the top’s dimensions and the desired height of your coffee table into this rugged table frame kit, and you’ll have a new focal point of your den in no time.
It would only take an afternoon to transform a few spare pieces of lumber and pipe into this unique accent table. Kee Klamp fittings are made in a variety of sizes, so even if you only have smaller pipe on hand, there’s likely a fitting that matches the size. Kee Klamp’s set screw design also makes it possible to use any unthreaded pipe.
This beautiful table could not be easier to build. This adjustable height table frame kit would make it possible to transform it from a large coffee table to a dining room table in just a few minutes, making this a good solution for someone with a small space that still wants to occasionally host dinner.
This desk could easily convert into a coffee table just by shortening the legs and altering the height of the bottom shelf. To alter the height, you would only need to loosen the set screws on the Kee Klamp fittings with an Allen wrench, make the necessary adjustments, then retighten the screw.
Here’s another example of using decoupage to give new life to the top of a coffee table. An old map makes a great conversation piece and is relatively easy to glue and seal onto a piece of wood. For more information about how to upgrade a coffee table using Kee Klamp fittings and decoupage, check out this article.
A large, low coffee table balances out an L-shaped sofa. This particular design uses Single Socket Tee fittings at the corners, then finishes them with a Malleable Plug. Use Flange fittings with a bit of non-skid material on the bottom for the feet.
This small table is another example of using bored out Flange fittings with casters. Using both parts on the feet makes it possible to transform the table from mobile to stationary in just a few minutes.
Furniture built with pipe and Kee Klamp fittings can often be designed to serve dual purposes. When pushed against a wall, this coffee table doubles as a small bench. Kee Klamp fittings provide the strength needed to stand up to just about any task.
Because Kee Klamp fittings don’t need threaded pipe in order to make connections, you could theoretically use wood or other materials as the supports for your table. In this case, the wood helps complement the piece of slate tile used for the top.
The unusual configuration of this frame helps draw the eye to the reclaimed wood. To build one yourself, attach supports to the legs with a Three Socket Tee fitting. A small piece of pipe and a 90° Elbow fitting complete the support. Using a small Flange fitting would give the second shelf added stability.
The edging on this table would be a good idea for households with small children or anyone who wants a little extra protection from things rolling or falling off the top. The builder spray painted the frame black, but you could just as easily order the fittings and pipes in glossy black using our powder coating service.
The polished metal studs of this piece add an interesting element to plain wood boards. To build a second shelf with the same two-panel design as this one, you’ll need to attach three cross supports using Three Socket Tee fittings. The panels then attach to the supports using a Single Tab Panel with Slot fitting.
Even if you don’t have any DIY experience, you can still convert just about anything into a coffee table within minutes. Add oversized casters to a pallet, a few handles to help you move it, and you’re finished. You could even stencil family initials on it for a personalized touch. To make the handles, all you’ll need are a few 90° Elbow fittings, Flange fittings, and some pipe.
This table is a scaled-down version of one of the tables a few spots above. The smaller second shelf on this accent table gives it a more whimsical feel. The sanded edges and uniform stain lend to its polished look, and by using Kee Klamp fittings, you would be able to adjust the height of the bottom shelf in seconds.
The distressed paint on the frame of this table complements the reclaimed wood top and metal edging. To replicate the look, you could salvage planks from an old pallet, add some stain, and then use metal corner trim. Give the paint and edging an aged appearance by using a coarse sandpaper with 40- to 60-grit.
This beautiful coffee table strikes the perfect balance between a statement-making top and a unique frame. The key is using pipe and fittings in a smaller size, such as size five or four. To make the frame, start by attaching the legs and cross supports with Three Socket Tee fittings. To mount the frame to the top, attach with Flange fittings.
This sleek outdoor seating area is easy to build and customize with Kee Lite fittings. Kee Lite fittings are made of corrosion resistant anodized aluminum, so you don’t have to worry about exposing them to the elements. If you want to make a set like this but aren’t sure how, our team offers free design assistance to get you started.
Building your own coffee table with Kee Klamp fittings is a great opportunity to finally find a use for all the spare pieces of wood and pipe that might be lying around.
You don’t have to worry about whether or not the pipe is threaded because Kee Klamp fittings tighten with a set screw. They provide the same strength as welding, but you only need an Allen wrench to get the job done.
This table could have been built with a reclaimed door. If you don’t have an old door on hand, a few pieces of lumber stained in contrasting colors work just as well. Connect them with a metal plate from your local hardware store to complete the look. Small sized Flange fittings and pipe provide support without drawing attention away from the top.
This table would look at home in a room with barnhouse chic style. The flat black pipe and fittings of this table help the reclaimed wood stand out.
While the top is likely supported by Flange fittings, the bottom shelf could rest on a cross support attached to the legs with Three Socket Tee fittings. Meanwhile, the gap between the bottom boards is filled with another cross support.
The round edges of this polished wood table are complemented by the 90° Elbow fittings. To get the same elevation for the top, consider mounting it with these Fixing Pads. Upcycle a piece of wire mesh panel to create additional shelving, then use oversized casters to add a whimsical touch to the legs.
Here’s another variation on the reclaimed wood table listed a few spots above. In this instance, the pipe and fittings are even more understated to draw attention to the natural beauty of the rough, unfinished wood. A quick pass with some steel wool or sandpaper over the painted pipes would be an easy way to give a more aged appearance to the metal.
Using Kee Klamp fittings to build the legs really allow your imagination to go wild. Their modular but sturdy design makes it possible to bring almost any idea to life.
This particular table is able to draw attention to the legs without detracting from the solid wood top. The legs are easy to make with Flange fittings, 90° Elbow fittings, and Three Socket Tee fittings, while the plug can consist of a collar and Malleable Plug.
Many of the coffee tables in this list feature unique tops or reclaimed materials, but this design stands out for its unusual legs. A smaller version of this could even work as a breakfast in bed tray for lazy weekend mornings. To make your own, all you’ll need are these 90° Elbow fittings and Three Socket Tee fittings. Be sure to order a smaller pipe size to achieve the same style.
Give reclaimed wood a more polished look by adding an edge stained a shade darker. The deep, warm tones of this table would instantly make any room feel cozier. The pipe and fittings are likely painted flat black, which is easily done with a powder coating service. For the fittings, use Three Socket Tee fittings and Flange fittings.
The first and only round table in this list looks minimalist while still feeling cozy thanks to its dark stained top. To build the same x-shaped support for your own table, start with this Two Socket Cross fitting. If you want to be able to change the angle of the x-shaped support, take a look at the Adjustable Two Socket Cross fitting.
Just because you use pipe as your building material doesn’t mean that the style has to look industrial. To achieve more of a farmhouse style, experiment with using Three Socket Tee fittings where you might otherwise use Single Socket tee fittings. Paint the pipe and fittings in flat black, then distress them with steel wool or sandpaper to make it look more weathered.
Here’s another variation on the same leaning leg design, but with a thinner board. If you started making your table legs with a thicker wood top but then later changed your mind, Kee Klamp fittings allow you to quickly and easily make the adjustment.
Simply reset the position of the Three Socket Tee fittings and tighten the set screw. With Kee Klamp fittings, you can change things up without wearing out threading or compromising on strength.
Just because coffee tables are some of the most understated and overlooked pieces of furniture in your living room collection doesn’t mean yours should be.
This reclaimed industrial wood spool makes for an eye-catching conversation piece. Use Flange fittings and pipe painted black with our powder coating service to give the spool a polished look. Hide casters underneath for additional functionality.
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