Unexpected Objects that Actually Became Awesome Tables

Unexpected Objects that Actually Became Awesome Tables

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Nancy Mitchell
Mar 16, 2017

When you think about it, the idea of a table is really very simple. It's a platform that you put things on. The only true requirement of a table is that it be a level surface that's elevated at least a little ways off the floor. You can make a table out of practically anything — which is exactly what these creative folks did.

Above, a large drum makes for a quirky coffee table in this interior from Chatelaine. (The glass top, I imagine, keeps the table from being noisier than you'd like.)

(Image credit: Rock Terrace)

Here's a similar idea using a more modern drum to form a petite side table. It was made by Rock Terrace, a company in Wales that makes furniture, clocks and lights from old drums.

(Image credit: The Flourishing Abode)

Speaking of musical things... this little side table, made from a plant stand and a record, looks super easy to re-create — although I wouldn't recommend putting anything too heavy on it. This version was made by April of the blog The Flourishing Abode and she shares a tutorial here.

(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)

Did you know you could make a table out of a turbine? That's what Maggie and Jose did for their Oakland home. It's more than able to stand up to the elements on their patio, and has a pleasingly rustic, almost sculptural quality.

(Image credit: Design*Sponge)

Usually magazines go on top of a coffee table, but this table from Design*Sponge is made out of magazines — perhaps a good option for the sort of person who can't bear to get rid of old issues, but is realistic enough to admit they will never, ever read them.

(Image credit: Poligom)

This table from Poligom is made from a vintage two-seater school desk, with a new custom-made base that brings it to coffee table height.

(Image credit: Christ Patey | MyDomaine)

An old sewing machine table, sans sewing machine, makes a great, well, table. This one is in actress Constance Zimmer's home toured by MyDomaine.

(Image credit: Hus & Hem)

This table pairs a sewing machine table base with a glass top, for a traditional-meets-modern look. Spotted on Hus & Hem.

(Image credit: Sweet Pea)

This quirky outdoor table is made from six vintage tennis rackets. Get the DIY at Sweet Pea.

(Image credit: Livet Hemma)

Can a stack of suitcases be a table? Well, why not? You can store things in them too, a definite bonus in small spaces. The editors of Livet Hemma, who featured this interior make a good point about old suitcases: "the leather just gets more beautiful with age and wear resistant for an eternity."

(Image credit: Paulina Arcklin)

If your living room is big enough, you could try making a table from a door. This dramatic one, in an interior from Paulina Arcklin, appears to include the frame as well.

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