This post is awesomely sponsored by Kreg! Woop!
Oh great, the movers totally destroyed my coffee table. What in the world would posses them to rip out the legs instead of unscrew them? Now I need a new coffee table…good thing I partner with Kreg each month to build my dream furniture. The great thing about building your own furniture, you get everything you want. I’m sharing my full build plans on BuildSomething.com, Kreg’s awesome user powered site.
It took a while for me to design this table, not because I didn’t know what functionality I desired, but I wasn’t sure what style I would go with. I finally settled for the really cool printer cabinet styled coffee table; it has all the chic style I desire, but with all the storage I could need.
This coffee table would be the one my family would spend the most quality time gathered around. It has to rock.
Okay let’s talk function, because as much as I want a beautiful coffee table, it needs to function like a dream.
Nothing is worst for a puzzle lover than to discover your family has accidentally but repeatedly bumped the puzzle you have been working on for weeks, and now you are missing a few pieces. Uh, and nothing is worst for a mom than having a puzzle (and discovering pieces) sitting on the floor for three weeks when all you want is a tidy room and a vacuumed floor. This bottom drawer has shallow sides that ensures no pieces are lost, and it is large enough to hold a variety of puzzles sizes. My daughter can do her puzzle right there on the pullout or she can pull the whole drawer out and move it to another space, but I also put a foam board inside (which is lighter than the drawer) that she can take out and work on her puzzle where she wants, then store it back in the puzzle drawer.
Okay, here’s the REAL reason I had to build my own coffee table…I’m a total board game geek. My idea of the perfect holiday is one spent back-to-back tabletop gaming and eating good food (in that order). Now, before you wonder “really Ursula, as in days upon days of playing monopoly”? Uh no, we’re talking about real games my friend, Eurogames at their finest! Hm, are you familiar with Settlers of Catan? That would be an example of a gateway version of the type of games I enjoy. This one pictured below is one of my favorite games, “Agricola” by Uwe Rosenberg, and it needs more room than the average coffee table can provide. The game below isn’t even set up yet…we just got started.
Many Eurogames take up a lot of space (even more than this one!), and although I designed this coffee to be a hefty 4ftx3ft tabletop, it still isn’t big enough for some of our games. Especially once all set up, cards all out, and pieces…these games need lots of room. These pullouts were designed to be individual gaming trays, with the option of a compartment drawer below for miscellaneous pieces, cards, or pieces that are suppose to be hidden in some games.
For the Gamers: A few important details to consider if you build your own
- Height: This coffee table is actually higher than the average coffee table. Measure for the perfect gaming height for those who want to be comfy from a couch, but shouldn’t strain their backs leaning down, only across.
- Flush Pullouts: It may be tempting to make the top pullout a drawer…don’t. In some games the players need to be able to easily see the full gameboard and all their opponents materials. If this isn’t that type of game, then use the second drawer down. It has small compartments for gamepieces, and a larger compartment for gameboards.
- Extras: Cup holders are a fun extra…my husband doesn’t allow drinks near our games…but you could add a cup holder to the second pullout, or even the third!
Sometimes the coffee table can get a little crowded, whether it is my decorative items, or maybe the hubs and I are playing a game that the kids would rather sit out and draw instead… either way, the pullouts can serve as extra space the kids can use for whatever project they are getting crafty with.
Then there are the big gatherings, whether it is over the holidays or just a social gathering with all our friends. Inevitably the TV trays have to be brought out from the basement because there are just too many people to seat in any one place. With this coffee table, who needs TV trays?
However you like to use your coffee table, whatever you need to store, this one has it all!
If you follow my plans and build your own, let me know what you use it for! And don’t forget to share your pictures with me on Facebook!
>FOR THE GAMERS<<
*This post was awesomely sponsored by Kreg. I received product and compensation for this post, however all the opinions, projects, and plans are my own.