2x4 Outdoor Coffee Table

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Super easy to make 2x4 outdoor table - no Kreg Jig required!  Free plans by Ana-White.com

My 2x4 outdoor sofa (plans here) and the one arm sectional piece (plans here) have been holding up well!  I did apply one coat of penetrating transulcent exterior siding and decking stain to it in a brown tone, and it really made the wood beautiful!  This is such a gorgeous and comfortable piece!

But I found as we were relaxing and using the sectional, we really needed somewhere to put drinks and snacks, somewhere to put our feet up.  We needed a coffee table to match.

So designed a coffee table to match the 2x4 sofa and sectional styling, again using all 2x4s. Again, only a drill and a saw needed - no Kreg Jig required.  Now I love my Kreg Jig to pieces.  It is an amazing tool and I believe everyone should have one.  But I like to do projects too that don't require a Kreg Jig for people just getting into woodworking, and not ready to invest in all the tools just yet.  If you have a Kreg Jig, you can certainly use it on this project to hide screws as well.

It took me about two hours, counting prestaining the previous day, to build this coffee table.

And under $20 in materials!  

It is all kinds of gorgeousness.  2x4 what?!?!

It is a very substantial coffee table, solid and heavy.  The wind isn't going to blow it away.  

So, you ready to build?   The plans are below.

Also, here's the plans for the matching sectional pieces:

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2X4 Outdoor Coffee Table

DIY 2X4 outdoor coffee table
Dimensions shown above


Shopping List
  • 7 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 80 – self-tapping exterior deck screws, 2-1/2" to 3" long
  • Measuring Tape, Pencil, Eye and Ear Protection, Circular Saw or Miter Saw, Drill with bit to match screw heads, Clamps, Clean level worksurface
Cut List
  • 4 – 2x4 @ 14-1/2” – Legs
  • 2 – 2x4 @ 23-1/2” – Breadboard Ends
  • 5 – 2x4 @ 20-1/2” – End aprons, Supports
  • 8 – 2x4 @ 47” – Side Aprons, Tabletop Boards


Step 1

Attach two legs to an apron, two deck screws per joint.  Repeat for second leg set.

Step 2

Screw a breadboard end to the top of the leg set built in previous step, attaching to both legs and apron with deck screws.  Repeat for second leg set.

Step 3

Build the table base with long aprons and remaining short aprons, attaching with deck screws.  Center the middle support on long aprons.

Step 4

Raise table support up off workbench on scrap 2x4 boards.  Attach legs to end aprons with deck screws.  Use at least six screws per side.

Step 5



Tue, 06/21/2016 - 10:27

I just love this! I'm planning to build all of this next week but I wondered if the back was comfortable with the back and arm rests being the same height. 


Tue, 04/30/2019 - 08:07

Which penetrating transulcent exterior siding and decking stain did you use? And what color?

I made the outdoor sectional sofa last summer and did not apply any stain...and it's weathered a Michigan winter just fine. But would like to finish it now so it looks more polished (and add some protection). 

About to make this  2x4 Coffee Table to complete the set!

Aaaaand.....thinking of making the outdoor farmhouse table with built in coolers. :)

Love all your content, designs, plans and videos. Keep being awesome!


Fri, 05/29/2020 - 20:58

Very easy to follow plan. Love the finished product. Plan to shrink the length and make a matching end table. Would share the brag photo but I’m seeing Access Denied.


Fri, 07/03/2020 - 16:47

Hi Ana, we built this table to go with the sectional and we love both. However, after we put the table together all the wood warped/twisted and now one leg sits 1.5 inch in the air.

Do you have any advise on how to fix this problem? One note, we used deck stain to seal it.


Mon, 05/03/2021 - 04:53

If the legs are 2" thick and the end aprons are 20-1/2", surely that makes the overall width of the table 24-1/2", not 23-1/2". Or have I missed something?


Fri, 05/07/2021 - 18:30

3/4” does not work so make sure you space your top boards before you attach.


Mon, 06/21/2021 - 12:53

Made this to match the Outdoor Sofa from the Modern Comfort Collection. I shortened the length a bit to better my space and used pocket holes/screws to hide the screws. Doing this allowed me to omit the extra box frame on the underside of the table. Turned out as expected... Excellent!