I've been having a bear of a time finding a set of side tables that fit next to my couch and don't look terrible. I also love a good DIY project — especially one that can be finished over a weekend — so I was pretty excited to see this cool set of DIY side tables made from IKEA cutting boards and plumbing pipes.
Finishing a home decor project over the weekend is an excellent way to start the next week feeling productive and accomplished, and this set of industrial-chic end tables put together by Eymeric Widling at IKEA Hackers fits the bill perfectly. They were made using just a pair of IKEA Aptitlig bamboo cutting boards and some pipe, and they look like they would go well with some DIY industrial pipe bookshelves.
In addition to the low price point and modern style, one of the best things about this project is that the table height can be customized to fit alongside any couch. Anyone who has ever had to deal with finding a table to fit next to a sofa of unusual size knows finding a table with specific dimensions can be difficult. Making your own tables starts to sound like a really good idea when the alternative is setting your coffee on the floor.
For more pictures and the full instructions, check out IKEA Hackers.