DIY Space-Saving Collapsible Side Table

If you are faced with the dreaded small space syndrome in your home, this collapsible side table is a great solution. It's modern, sleek and fully functional — and it can easily be stored whenever you need some extra space.

Space-Saving Collapsible Side Table

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Things You\’ll Need

  • 1/2-inch MDF board

  • 3/4-inch plywood

  • Tape measure

  • Pencil

  • Jigsaw (bandsaw optional)

  • Circular saw

  • Drill with 1-inch spade or Forstner bit

  • Double-sided tape

  • Router with 1-inch flush trim router bit

  • Sandpaper

  • Satin polyurethane

Step 1: Create a Template

Measure and trace your table dimensions onto the MDF board, referring to the diagram below for the proper dimensions. A template made from MDF board allows you to create markings and holes without compromising the final piece.

template for collapsible side table

Step 2: Cut out Your Template

Using the bandsaw, cut out the template you traced on the MDF board. To cut the center piece out, simply drill a hole into the middle of the board, following with the jigsaw.

cutting the template out on MDF board drilling a hole in the MDF board

Step 3: Adhere the Template to the Plywood

Using double-sided tape, secure the templates onto the plywood with at least 1/2 inch clearance on all sides.

adhering tape to MDF template sticking the MDF template to the plywood

Step 4: Cut out the Plywood Pieces

Using the router, follow the secured template with the bearing of the flush trim router bit.

cutting out the plywood table pieces

Step 5: Cut out Notches and Angles in the Legs

In the center of both leg pieces, cut out notches and angles, referring to the diagram below for the proper dimensions.

diagram for table legs table legs with notches cut out

Step 6: Sand and Finish

Using a fine sanding block, sand all the edges and faces of your three table parts. Wipe clean using a damp cloth, and then brush on satin water-based polyurethane on all three parts. Allow to dry. Repeat until you achieve your desired finish.

staining the table legs

Step 7: Assemble the Table

Once the finish is completely dry, slide the notches in the table legs together so the legs stand upright on their own. Place the tabletop piece on top of the legs, fitting it within the notches so that it rests snugly on top of the legs.

putting the table legs together placing the tabletop on the table legs

This table is versatile and can easily be used in any room in the home. Its minimal design works for all decor types. When you need that extra space, simply collapse it and store it for future use.

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