How to Make a Coffee Table from Magazine Holders

Three Methods:Hunt for MaterialsAssemble the Coffee TablePut Your Table to Use

Looking for that perfect finishing touch to your living room but want to avoid adding a run-of-the-mill coffee table? For the "ultimate" coffee table that provides plenty of storage and character, create your own using magazine holders and a rotating stool.

Method 1
Hunt for Materials

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    Obtain the perfect rotating stool. This will be your base for your coffee table so you want something not only reliable and sturdy but one with legs that compliment your style.
    • Head for the junkyard and try to find something you can recycle.
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    • Consider a stool that either provides you with a sturdy, hard base or one that allows you to mount a piece of plywood or a shelf insert on top.
    • Examine the stool top to ensure you have enough room to place the magazine holders (all four) on top in a rotating, surrounding fashion.
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    Purchase four KNUFF magazine holders. If you cannot find this brand look for four magazine holders that will fit together around the stool seat and have a flat base and sides.
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    Pick up liquid nails or enough small screws (along with an electric screwdriver) to attach the magazine holders to the stool base. This is not the kind of coffee table you will want your kids or niece and nephew rough-housing around and could easily break if only secured with liquid nails. However, if you have a rambunctious German Shepherd or a spouse that insists on putting his or her feet on the table, you may want to secure the top with both screws and liquid nails to re-enforce its strength.

Method 2
Assemble the Coffee Table

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    Remove the stool seat and prepare it for magazine holder mounting. Unless you can easily get underneath the stool and still work while it's mounted on the base your best bet will be to remove the top.
    • Add the shelf insert or pre-cut plywood to the top of your stool. If there is any way to remove stool seat padding to create a flat, hard surface you'll have better table.
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    Arrange magazine holders around the top of the stool seat so that the backs of each holder is butting up to one another. You should have a circular, rounded table with the magazine holder openings facing out (for storage).
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    Apply liquid nails to the back of the magazine holders once you are confident you like the way they fit together on top of the stool. Lay the magazine holder down on top of the stool and press firmly. Give each holder time to dry before adding the next holder to ensure the holders don't slide.
    • First apply liquid nails and allow it to dry before attaching the stool seat to the plywood/shelf insert with screws.
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    • Glue all four magazine holders until you complete your shape.
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    Re-attach the pre-cut plywood to the stool base
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    Add some strong adhesive.
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    Place all the magazine holders that have fully dried on top of the stool.
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    Voila, you now have your new coffee table.
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    It's up to you if you want to color it (photoshop rendition).

Method 3
Put Your Table to Use

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    Stock magazines, remote controllers or other items inside the magazine holder bin areas. You could even color code the inside of each holder to designate where certain items are placed (or even add a quirky picture)
    • Put your favorite books.
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    Consider how you can use the center hole for storing pens, scissors or other slender items. You could also drop a small bud vase in the middle to hold flowers.

Tips

  • If you don't want to use a rotating stool, consider something stationary but low (rotating stools can typically wind down lower to the ground than others).
  • Consider painting the stool to match other colors in the room if the natural wood look isn't for you.

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