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    You know those annoying people who do everything at once? Well, this coffee table has the same personality. It does it all. Coffee table, foot re… Read More
    You know those annoying people who do everything at once? Well, this coffee table has the same personality. It does it all. Coffee table, foot rest, glass holder, magazine rack, and storage unit. All the functions are separated. I don't like seeing stacks of magazines and books on the table so I provided a rack on the side. Rounded edges and a soft top offer a rest for weary feet, but since beverages and feet don't mix, I designed a protected shelf which wraps around the table and keeps your drinks out of harm's way. Finally, as a city apartment dweller I believe space is worth its weight in gold. This piece moonlights as a storage unit. Additional features include casters, to make cleaning easier, and two mirrored sides which serve both to reduce the piece's visual mass, and to entertain any babies who might be crawling around. Occasionally when those babies grow older they might dump the entire contents of the coffee table on the floor, climb into it and turn it into a race car, creating mayhem. This function should be discouraged. It is, after all, just a coffee table. Read Less
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Type A Coffee Table
Like all those over-achievers who do it all
You know those annoying people who do everything at once? Well, this coffee table has the same personality. It does it all. Coffee table, foot rest, glass holder, magazine rack, and storage unit. All the functions are separated. I don't like seeing stacks of magazines and books on the table so I provided a rack on the side. Rounded edges and a soft top offer a rest for weary feet, but since beverages and feet don't mix, I designed a protected shelf which wraps around the table and keeps your drinks out of harm's way. Finally, as a city apartment dweller I believe space is worth its weight in gold. This piece moonlights as a storage unit.

Additional features include casters, to make cleaning easier, and two mirrored sides which serve both to reduce the piece's visual mass, and to entertain any babies who might be crawling around. Occasionally when those babies grow older they might dump the entire contents of the coffee table on the floor, climb into it and turn it into a race car, creating mayhem. This function should be discouraged. It is, after all, just a coffee table.

Like most of my work, I designed this to be "open source." Anyone with a few tools and know-how can make it themselves (but please, personal use only!). View plans and building instructions here.

This design was featured in Philip Schmidt's book "PlyDesign, 73 Distinctive DYI Projects in Plywood" published by Storey Publishing in 2012.