Build an End Table Using a Stair Tread

An Easy to Build Table Using an Uncommon Material

Stair treads are an excellent material choice for furniture projects. I’ve used one to build a cool bench, and another maker used them to build an awesome chair. In this project, I used one to build an end table and I love it! I used ONE tread, and added painted hairpin table legs underneath. This easy plan to build an end table with a stair tread is a super-cool project that can be finished in a few hours!

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  • 2″ brad nails
  • 18″ hairpin legs with screws (<– affiliate link!)
  • Wood Glue
  • Sandpaper (80, 120, 220 grits)
  • Finishing Supplies (Stain and sealer or paint)


  • 1  Bullnose stair tread (they are a standard size of 4′ x 11-1/2″)
  • 1 scrap piece of 1/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – stair tread at -16″ – Top and Bottom/
  • 2 – stair tread at 8-1/2″ – Sides
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 15-1/4″ x 7-3/4″ – Back

Notes About the Project:

  • Note that the treads are 11-1/2″ wide, so that would be the finished depth of the end table.
  • The cuts for the piece can be square, if desired. I used mitered cuts because of the bullnose edge on one long end.
  • The back piece is totally optional.
  • The hairpin legs can be swapped out for a different option – your choice!

build an end table with a stair tread

stair tread table

Step One

Thoroughly sand both sides of the stair tread prior to making any cuts. This makes the finishing a whole lot easier and avoids sanding in tight spaces!

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the top, bottom, and sides. Apply glue to the miters and assemble the box. I used corner clamps to keep the box square while I drove 2″ brad nails through the top and bottom.

build an end table with a stair tread_box

Step Three

Stain or paint as desired. I chose to add a sort of retro paint design on one side of the top and the end, and left the rest of the wood plain. I finished the table with a few coats of water-based polyurethane. A cool thing about this table is that it can be finished however you desire…

Step Four

Cut the piece for the back, and attach using brad nails.

build an end table with a stair tread_back

Step Five

Attach the legs to the bottom according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

build an end table with a stair tread_legs

Special thanks to my model, Morsel (one of the Parkour Champs) for appearing in the photos of the stair tread end table…

stair tread table_cat

I use small bins inside the table to organize my phone charger, a notebook, and other essentials. Have questions about how to build an end table with a stair tread? Leave a comment below!

Originally posted 2022-01-22 17:14:40.