The Danish Modern Coffee Table Plans

Build a Vintage Piece with a Modern Feel

Hey there! Have you heard of Danish Modern furniture? It’s super popular (think Ikea) and we’ve got a coffee table plan inspired by the 60s that we think you’ll love! It’s a simple build with clean lines that will fit perfectly into any decor. Plus, the best part is that it’s a quick build and can be completed in just one weekend! Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced builder, this plan is perfect for you. So why not give it a try and add a touch of Danish Modern style to your home?

Danish Modern coffee table plans-Copy


  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws (<–affiliate link!)
  • 1-1/4” brad nails
  • 2-1/2″ screws
  • Edge banding, optional (<– affiliate link!)
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)


  • 3 – 1×6 at 6′
  • 1 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 1 sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 21-1/4″ – Legs
  • 2 – 1×6 at 62″ – Sides
  • 3 – 1×6 at 21″ – Frame
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 25-1/2″ x 65″ – Top

Danish Modern coffee table plans

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the sides. Draw an arc at each end of each board, and cut out using a jigsaw. To do this, make a mark 5-1/2″ down one long edge of each board. I like to use a flexible metal yardstick positioned at each point then flexed to make the curve. It always works better if there is an extra set of hands nearby!

Danish Modern coffee table plans-Sides

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the frame. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes at each end of each piece. Secure the frame pieces to the sides as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Danish Modern coffee table plans-Frame

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the legs. Use a jigsaw or a tapering jig on the table saw to cut the tapers in the legs. Secure the legs to the inside corners of the frame using glue and countersunk 2-1/2″ screws. The top of the legs will be flush with the top of the frame.

Danish Modern coffee table plans-Legs 1

Danish Modern coffee table plans-Legs 2Step Four

Cut the piece for the top. If using edge banding, it will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood before securing the top to the frame. The top will overhang by 1-1/2″ on each side. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

Danish Modern coffee table plans-Top

Finish as desired.


All of the pieces, including the legs, can be cut from plywood in order to keep the wood species consistent. (See my tutorial on how to make furniture legs from plywood!) Have any questions about the Danish Modern coffee table plans? Let me know at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

Originally posted 2014-04-28 08:00:43.


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