Rustic Coffee Tables

Redecorating with Rustic Coffee Tables

Moving into my new home, I sadly realized that a cottage by the greenbelt was going to look pretty strange with the sleek modern coffee table I had on my wishlist. In trying to stay true to the architecture I’ve got, I started shopping for some rustic coffee tables, especially those using renewable or recycled materials.

I like bamboo and other fast-growing building material. I’m reminded of my hometown in the Black Hills of South Dakota when I see beautiful pine and natural finishes. Then again, I could bring some of the ocean and Puget Sound home with driftwood or recycled materials. Maybe an industrial-themed table would work best to provide a sturdy surface with simple lines? Industrial made me think of pallets, which also led me to some artsier options.

I found so many really neat tables, that I’m still having trouble deciding. I even discovered some new techniques I hadn’t heard of before. Here are some of the highlights that I found.

Upcycled Material Coffee Tables

Upcycled Ocean Table

Upcycled Ocean Table
Made from reclaimed ocean plastic, these colors remind me of the sea too.
Designer Brodie Neill

Solidwool Coffee Table

Solidwool Coffee Table
That’s right, a table made out of wool. It’s like fiberglass, but the wool replaces the glass fibers to create a solid composite table.
Find it at Solidwool.com

Foaming Wood Table

Foaming Wood Table
As strange as it sounds, this table is made from a wood shaving and bio-resin based foam. This foam becomes a porridge-like consistency and is then molded into durable furniture shapes.

See the process on Vimeo
Image via Marjan Van Aubel

Reclaimed Country Table

Reclaimed Country Table
Reminiscent of whitewashed barns, this country table features reclaimed wood and hand-crafted plugs covering all the hardware.
Get it from DougAndCristy Designs on Etsy

Refinished Farmhouse Table

Refinished Farmhouse Table
This desk-like table is hand-finished with waxed drawers for easy opening. Get it from Antique2Chic on Etsy

Shadow Box Coffee Table

Shadow Box Coffee Table
Reclaimed windows shine as the tabletop for this distressed wood furniture.
Get it from SandJBargain Vault on Etsy

2×4 Colored Table

2x4 Colored Table
Simple 2x4s are repurposed with a splash of color for a natural finish table.
Get it from WoodzyShop on Etsy

Pallet Coffee Table

Pallet Coffee Table
Proof beyond Pinterest that pallets fit in anywhere, this pallet-inspired design also features handy storage for remotes and reading material.
Get it from Wayfair

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Crate Coffee Table

Crate Coffee Table
With the stamping still on the side, this re-purposed crate dates back to the early 1900s.
Get it from goseek on Etsy

Natural Wood Coffee Tables

Round Log Coffee Table

Round Log Coffee Table
This basic and simple cedar design creates a natural look in a smaller space. It reminds me of folk tales and stories I loved as a child.
Get it from Amazon

Flat-topped Cedar Log Coffee Table

Flat-topped Cedar Log Coffee Table
A larger take on that natural look, this table has a surface area that’s 42” long.
Get it from Amazon

Reclaimed Log Coffee Table

Reclaimed Log Coffee Table
Truly bringing the outdoors in, this table features rough cut logs and reclaimed red cedar planks. I could see this in a cabin in the woods.
Get it from WoodzyShop on Etsy

Driftwood Coffee Table

Driftwood Coffee Table
Created entirely with found wood, this driftwood coffee table presents a wide variety of color through the use of Dogwood, Sycamore, Oak, and Cedar. Add an ocean sound machine to kick the experience up a notch.
Get it from WoodzyShop on Etsy

Unfinished Wood Coffee Table

Unfinished Wood Coffee Table
The aged look of the wood is free of finish, but lightly sanded for easy use. I would set this up on the patio and copy the picture’s rock-based decor.
Get it from natureinspiredcrafts on Etsy

Stained Wood Rustic Coffee Table

Stained Wood Rustic Coffee Table
The reclaimed wood used to create this coffee table is hand-picked and stained. This one has a darker look but still avoids a stark black color scheme.
Get it from DadtheBuilder on Etsy

Burl Wood Coffee Table

Burl Wood Coffee Table
The smooth-topped table features the character and uniqueness of the original tree through its curved and rounded shape. I get kind of a Lord of the Rings vibe from this one.
Get it from GrabASeat on Etsy

Quilted Oak Coffee Table

Quilted Oak Coffee Table
The tabletop is made from polished quilted oak burl with a glass bottom. The legs are created from driftwood pine.
Get it from KindTreeCreations on Etsy

Artsy Coffee Tables

Bohemian Trunk and Table

Bohemian Trunk and Table
Reclaimed wood and paint tints round out this eclectic look. Don’t forget the hidden storage.
Get it from Wayfair

Arthouse Coffee Table

Arthouse Coffee Table
Actually made from printed suede over pine, this colorful fabric provides and aged and rustic feel to modern construction.
Get it from Wayfair

Treasure Trunk Coffee Table

Treasure Trunk Coffee Table
With all the charm of an antique trunk and the modern features of a designer coffee table, this piece provides both surface and storage with a twist.
Get it from Wayfair

Turquoise Display Coffee Table

Turquoise Display Coffee Table
The distinctive distressed turquoise finish combines with this glass top to create a rustic yet contemporary display piece.
Get it from natureinspiredcrafts on Etsy

Blue Jean Barnwood Table

Blue Jean Barnwood Table
The seller compares this color to β€œold blue jeans”. Featuring reclaimed wood from an old barn, the 3/16” thick glass lid opens a full 90 degrees.
Get it from natureinspiredcrafts on Etsy

Industrial and Urban Coffee Tables

Gallatin Coffee Table

Gallatin Coffee Table
This basic design from the Rustic & Cabin collection features heavily distressed oak and strong metal legs for a strong yet simple aesthetic.
Get it from Wayfair

Laguna Coffee Table

Laguna Coffee Table
Channeling your favorite urban loft, the crossed metal legs support a distressed, solid wood tabletop.
Get it from Wayfair

Swivel Wheel Coffee Table

Swivel Wheel Coffee Table
The brown wood of this ash-veneered coffee table is accented by rustic rivets and swiveling wheels for easy relocation.
Get it from Wayfair

Pine and Metal Coffee Table

Pine and Metal Coffee Table
A solid-wood pine top with a natural finish sits atop sturdy metal legs. The manufacturer doesn’t list a weight rating, but this almost looks like it could double as a bench.
Get it from Wayfair

Vintage Steel and Wood Table

Vintage Steel and Wood Table
Vintage steel hairpin legs combine with reclaimed barn wood to create and rough industrial look.
Get it from thezenartist on Etsy

Asia-Pacific Coffee Tables

Vietnamese Bamboo Coffee Table

Vietnamese Bamboo Coffee Table
Bamboo can grow 3-5 feet per year. This handmade home accessory helps create a natural feel using this highly renewable resource.
Get it from Amazon

Foldable Pole Bamboo Table-Bench

Foldable Pole Bamboo Table-Bench
This rough-cut bamboo work as both a bench and a table, and folds away for easy storage as a handy space saver.
Get it from Amazon

Dark Bamboo Pole Table

Dark Bamboo Pole Table
Bringing that oriental look with an aged and worn feeling, this weathered table adds an ancient leopard-spotted appeal to your garden or patio setting.
Get it from Amazon

South Sea Rattan Coffee Table

South Sea Rattan Coffee Table
Rattan harvesting and processing provide an alternative to timber cutting. The whitewashed look from this Bermuda table reflects the tropical airy feel from the South Pacific, where most rattan is harvested.
Get it from Amazon

Antique Asian Elm Table

Antique Asian Elm Table
Why buy new when you can get an awesome antique? Usable as a side table or small coffee table, this aged elm sports a lacquer finish.
Get it from UptownFound on Etsy

Chinese Lacquer Table

Chinese Lacquer Table
This 15-year-old table from China has been polished in a gray-blue lacquer that creates an almost mirror-pool style finish.
Get it from GoldenLotusAntiques on Etsy

Written by Kate Hagan

Kate is a new homeowner currently exploring many outdoor projects. As a child, she divided her time between the Black Hills of South Dakota and the Pacific Northwest. She later combined her love of online data and storytelling into an M.S. in Information Management from the University of Washington. Currently, she works as a writer and content manager in Seattle, WA.

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