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Reconfigurable/Multipurpose Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table



Coffee table by day, couch desk by night!

If you've ever tried to do paperwork or journaling on your couch you know how difficult it can be without a sturdy flat surface to work on. I wanted to design/build a reconfigurable coffee table, where parts of the table could be used as a "couch desk," for lack of better words. I also wanted a table that could store some of our favorite games, house our projector, reconfigure into the perfect floor-seating height table for board games and movie dinners, and also store our remotes out of sight within reach of our go-to couch spot. I also wanted the entire table to be made from 3/4" sanded plywood that is affordable and readily available at Home Depot, while giving an industrial/modern feel; this table ended up requiring just over 1 sheet of plywood at $36/sheet.

The pictures show:
-part of table removed and used as a side desk and also as a lap desk
-both top parts removed leaving a lower floor-seating table for board games and also for eating dinner while watching TV
-both top parts reconfigured into the middle for a multi-level style/feel
-the middle section housing a home theater projector
-the drawers large enough to store our favorite board games
-room behind the left drawer for our many remotes within reach of our favorite couch spot

Also the video clip shows how easy the top parts come apart and go back together: https://bit.ly/2BtJ1C3

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  • This is such a wonderful build! It has so many different uses! We love it!

    By RYOBI NATION, on August 21, 2018
    • Thank you so much! I tried my best to come up with something original and as multi-use/reconfigurable as possible. My wife and I usually eat in the living room when we order Chinese, so I think the lower configuration will really come in handy :). I was a little worried before I stained it that it wouldn't look good in our room and was planning on just giving it away, but we actually are very happy with it.
      By Branch_homedecor, on August 23, 2018

  • Very nicely done, I could see myself using this all of the time 
    By Ryouko89, on August 22, 2018
    • Thank you! Which part do you think you would use the most...the lower table for dinner/games or the removable pieces for "couch desks?" It's going to come in handy for us for game night tomorrow for sure. I can't wait to give it a spin!
      By Branch_homedecor, on August 23, 2018

  • Wow this looks really good!
    By NikkiBeldo, on August 29, 2018
    • Thank you :):)! Check out the stop motion on my instagram @branch_homedecor
      By Branch_homedecor, on August 31, 2018

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Reconfigurable/Multipurpose Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table

by Branch_homedecor
Aug 20, 2018
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Coffee table by day, couch desk by night! If you've ever tried to do paperwork or journaling on your couch you know how difficult it can be without a sturdy flat surface to work on. I wanted to design/build a reconfigurable coffee table, where parts of the table could be used as a "couch desk," for lack of better words. I also wanted a table that could store some of our favorite games, house our projector, reconfigure into the perfect floor-seating height table for board games and movie dinners, and also store our remotes out of sight within reach of our go-to couch spot. I also wanted the entire table to be made from 3/4" sanded plywood that is affordable and readily available at Home Depot, while giving an industrial/modern feel; this table ended up requiring just over 1 sheet of plywood at $36/sheet. The pictures show: -part of table removed and used as a side desk and also as a lap desk -both top parts removed leaving a lower floor-seating table for board games and also for eating dinner while watching TV -both top parts reconfigured into the middle for a multi-level style/feel -the middle section housing a home theater projector -the drawers large enough to store our favorite board games -room behind the left drawer for our many remotes within reach of our favorite couch spot Also the video clip shows how easy the top parts come apart and go back together: https://bit.ly/2BtJ1C3