I’m of the opinion that you can never have too many side tables. They can be put next to couches to hold flowers and coffee mugs, act as bedside tables or a nightstand, or even be used as plant stands to liven up a dull wall. We love incorporating copper pipe into projects here at the blog, and I thought it would be a fun challenge to come up with a side table DIY that would really show off the beautiful color of the pipes. Since I already figured out all the dimensions for you, all you have to do is grab an inexpensive pipe cutter and a ruler and get to cutting!
-20 feet of 1/2″ copper pipe
-1/2″ pipe strap (x4)
-1/2″ copper caps (x8)
–1/2″ copper tee fittings (x14)
-12″ wide wood board cut to 12″ x 11.25″ (x2)
-super glue or epoxy glue
If you haven’t used a pipe cutter before, it’s pretty simple, but you can check out this video for a step by step explanation. OK, so I basically made you a parts list of all the parts you’ll need. Letters A-E are all the pipe sizes (and the quantity of those sizes) that you’ll need, and F-H are the caps, tee fittings and pipe straps that you’ll need as well (they are also linked in the supply list). I would grab your pipe cutter and pipes and sit down in front of a movie or TV show to make the tedious cutting a little more enjoyable. It’s not hard, just a little boring. 😉
Now that you have all your pipes cut, you’ll want to assemble the bottom of your stand. Just follow along with the diagram above and remember that everything on the left side is the same on the right. So, if you see a B part indicated on the right, it will also be a B part in that same spot on the left as well.
Once you have the bottom together, build the top half of your plant stand in the same manner. The only part not listed in the parts list are four pieces of pipe that I ended up cutting to be 1″ long so I could attach the finishing caps (H) into the tops of the four corner (G) pieces. Without the pipe pieces, H and G don’t fit together since they are the exact same diameter. So the inch of pipe helps them connect.
Now, you can either use a dab of super glue to secure the pipe pieces together each time you connect them, or you can assemble it all first and then go back and glue them together once you know they all are the right length (that’s what I would suggest, just in case one of your cuts is off).
This is actually the first side table I’ve made/bought with two tiers and I really like the look of the double space. (It’s also nice for styling purposes since it holds more things.) I think it came out pretty professional looking if you ask me, and I love DIYs that people will be shocked to hear you actually made. Think you’ll give this one a try? xo. Laura
Credits// Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.