How to Build a DIY Farmhouse Entryway Console Table

DIY farmhouse entryway table

If you have a bare wall in your entryway, a console table could be exactly what you are searching for. When visiting my sister in Iowa, she had a similar situation where her entryway had no furniture with a bare wall. After staying there for a few days, I’ve built her a DIY farmhouse entryway console table for her newly built house.

You also might be interested in a DIY shoe bench rack and DIY entryway mirror frame that I’ve built earlier.

What Is A Console Table?

A console table is like a very tall, narrow coffee table, to give you a decent picture in your mind. They are usually around the height of a desk. Not to be confused with an end table they are much taller than end tables. End tables usually sit beside a couch or a chair. Whereas a console table will be against a wall in most cases and sometimes put behind a couch.

Some console tables will not have the traditional four legs like a normal table will. They sometimes only have decorative corbels or brackets like the way a shelf would be supported against a wall. Ones built this way; they will lean up against a wall for support as they are not designed to be free-standing.

A four-legged console table will be a stand-alone piece, long and narrow that will be up against a wall. A console usually has pictures and other small decorations on it with photos, a mirror, or other wall art hanging above it. Console tables are a great decorative piece to add to your home.

What Is The Purpose Of A Console Table?

Like many pieces of furniture in your home, it has the purpose of adding character to your home but is still somewhat functional. Console tables come in any style you can think of out there, that you can find one to add to your house. It is also getting extremely popular to even make one of your own which will give the table, even more, meaning, and with any DIY project, you get it the exact size you want. This can be crucial if space is an issue or even if you are having trouble finding the one that you like.

Console tables make great focal points in any room. Holding a few precious pictures or keepsakes that you would love to show off or see often. They have the same type of purpose as a hutch or cupboard would have but take up far less space.

Where Should A Console Table Go?

Even though console tables are about as versatile as one piece of furniture could be, they typically would be put somewhere near your front door to be seen as someone walks in. They could be put in a dining room also with a few Knick knacks to decorate them or maybe even a few decorative dishes. They do not take up a ton of space but are great as a space filler.

If you have a very bare wall a console table could be exactly what you are searching for. Since they are very narrow in-depth, they can be put in many places without the worry of taking the walking space away. If you have a wall in your bedroom that could use a little something extra, a console table would be the perfect fit. Add a few pictures and candles and you will find yourself with a comforting piece in your home.

You can also put a console table behind a couch acting as a sofa table. It just needs to be about an inch below the height of the couch. They are very versatile, can be painted, stained, and premade console tables come in many colors.

As much as you might love your table in one spot the great thing about console tables is extremely versatile. They can fit in any room of the house; with any style, you would like just by changing what is used to decorate them. As your taste changes over time a nicely made console table can change with you.

DIY farmhouse entryway table

Time to Complete

5 hours

Total Cost

$40

Skill Level

Intermediate


Farmhouse Entryway Console Table PDF

$7.00

This PDF download includes Cut Diagrams, a List of Supplies, and 3D illustrations with detailed steps to build the project. Measurements are in imperial and not metric. Does NOT include SketchUp/CAD files.

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Farmhouse Entryway Console Table

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Dimensions

DIY farmhouse entryway table dimensions

Step 1 – Cut Tabletop Boards 

Take 2×4 and cut four pieces to 48″ in length using a miter saw. Then drill pocket holes in three of the 2x4s as shown in the picture. When drilling pocket holes the Kreg Jig should be set up for 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws, since we’re using 2x4s. These 48″ long boards will be used for the tabletop.

cutting boards for DIY farmhouse entryway table
using a miter saw to cut wood
drilling pocket holes for the table top

Step 2 – Attach Tabletop Boards

To prevent the boards from shifting when screwing in the pocket hole screws, use pipe clamps to hold the boards together. First, apply wood glue between the boards and then clamp them. Use 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws to attach the boards.  

tabletop for DIY farmhouse entryway table
gluing boards together for tabletop
attaching tabletop boards with pocket hole screws

Step 3 – Cut Legs for the Entryway Table

Next, take 2×4 and cut four pieces to 36″ in length. These boards will be used for entryway table legs. Then drill two pocket holes on one end of each leg. The pocket holes should be drilled for 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws. 

legs for a DIY farmhouse entryway table
drilling pocket hole in the 2x4

Step 4 – Connect the Legs to the Tabletop

The legs need to be attached 1″ away from the edge of the tabletop. So on the bottom of the tabletop measure and mark 1″ from all four edges. Attach the legs to the tabletop on four corners at 1″ mark using 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. Make sure that the legs are perfectly squared to the tabletop. This will make the leg support installation easier. 

attaching legs to the tabletop
pulling a measurement for the legs on the tabletop

Step 5 – Cut Leg Supports for the Farmhouse Entryway Table

Take 2×4 and cut two pieces to 39″ in length and two pieces to 9″ in length using a miter saw. Then with a table saw rip these boards in half, so you’ll end up with four 39″ long pieces and four 9″ long pieces. If you do not have a table saw, you could use 2×2 boards instead. Drill two pocket holes at each end of the board. These leg support boards will be used to connect the legs together. 

cutting leg supports for entryway table
ripping 2x4 on the table saw

Step 6 – Connect the Upper Leg Supports

Place the 39″ boards and 9″ boards between the legs as shown in the picture. Secure these boards to the legs using 2 1/2″ pocket holes screws. You could also use a few screws to attach these leg supports directly to the tabletop.

installing leg supports for DIY farmhouse entryway table
using pocket hole screws to attaching leg supports

Step 7 – Attach the Lower Leg Supports

The lower leg supports need to be installed 1 1/2″ from the floor. You could always adjust this measurement higher or lower to your preference. Measure and mark 1 1/2″ from the bottom of each leg. Then attach the 39″ boards and 9″ board to the legs using 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.   

installing leg supports for DIY farmhouse entryway table
measuring 1.5 from the bottom of the legs
using pocket hole screws to attach board

Step 8 – Cut Boards for the Bottom Shelf

For the bottom shelf, take 1×8 board and cut seven pieces to 12″ in length. The two pieces on the left and right side of the table will have a notch to wrap around the legs, see picture. Using a table saw cut out 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ notch on both sides of the board. Next, the middle board will need to be trimmed to 2 1/2″ in width. Your measurement might be slightly different, so make sure to measure the space between the boards before making the cut. 

shelf boards for the entryway table
using table saw to cut out notch

Step 9 – Nail Shelf Boards to Lower Leg Supports

Now place 1×8 boards on the lower leg support boards inside the table and attach them with nail gun using 1 1/4″ brad nails. 

DIY farmhouse entryway table
installing 1x8 board for the shelf of the table

Step 10 – Make the Cross on Ends of the Table

To make a cross at the ends of the table, take 2×4 and cut two pieces to 33″ in length. These boards will be cut shorter later on. Then with a table saw, rip both of the boards in half, so you’ll have four 33″ long pieces. 

Take one of the boards and hold it against the side of the table diagonally at the location where it will be installed. Then on the backside of the board draw a line on top and bottom marking where to cut it. The total length of the board should be around 31 5/8″ with 13-degree miter cuts on both ends. The second board for the cross should be an exact mirror of the first one. 

Once both boards are cut to the right length, insert the boards at its correct location and draw the lines on the backside for the lap joint. Use a miter saw with a blade stopper that will cut a notch 7/8″ deep. The blade stopper allows you to stop at a certain height. Rotate the blade to match the angle of the lap joint. Slide the blade thru the notch area and make multiple cuts. Use a wood chisel to remove wood pieces from the notch. Repeat the process for the second cross. 

cross for the entryway table
cutting lap joint notch for the cross
cutting lap joint for the cross

Step 11 – Join and Install the Cross on Both Sides of the Table

Apply wood glue inside the lap joint and join the board together creating a cross. Insert the cross inside the table between the legs and attach it to the legs using a nail gun with 2″ brad nails. 

DIY farmhouse entryway table
DIY farmhouse entryway table

Step 12 – Sand and Stain the Table

Before staining the table use a random orbital sander with 220 sand disk and sand the entire table. Also, sand the edges of the table to make the corners slightly rounded. 

When applying stain, make sure to apply pre-stain first to prevent blotching, especially if you’re using pinewood. Then apply stain and wipe it off with a clean cloth. After the stain dries, apply a coat of matte polyurethane. You’re done with a DIY farmhouse entryway console table.

sanding DIY farmhouse entryway table
mixing stain with a stick
staining DIY farmhouse entryway table
DIY farmhouse entryway table

7 thoughts on “How to Build a DIY Farmhouse Entryway Console Table”

  1. Hi Viktor, first off thank you so much for the details on this plan. I am a novice and I am excited to attempt to tackle this project.

    I have cut all of the wood and I am going to prepare to assemble the table. I purchased a Kreg Jig to drill the pocket holes, my question is, what size step drill bit did you use and at what depth did you lock the collar? The kit I bought came with a 3/8 (6″ length) however, it looks like I need a 7″ due to the thickness of the wood (1.5″). It also looks to call for a stop collar position of 4-3/4″.

    Can you confirm or correct this for me? I am sorry for the silly question but I do want to attempt to make this perfect!

    Thanks Viktor!

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  2. Dear Viktor,
    Thank you for sharing your experience and terrific ideas with us. I will be DIYing, well, really repairing, a clothes drying rack soon, which will look quite similar to your table, and I had planned 3 legs connecting the top and the drip pan support near the floor, but no cross supports at the ends. The original rack, all aluminum, had 27 aluminum rods staggered at various heights, spanning the original aluminum legs by thirds, hence my 3 legs now. I intend to turn my 2 x 4 legs sideways, the opposite of your table and attaching the rods by drilling holes in the legs. The rods are 48″ long. Does skipping any cross supports at the ends sound reasonable?

    Also, could I please make two comments about your console table? First, your plan to place the bottom shelf just 1½” from the floor might be a problem for some people. The head of my vacuum cleaner would not fit under your table, and I would feel reluctant to raise the shelf, not knowing how that would affect the measurements, especially those darn degrees on the cross supports.

    Second, my sense of aesthetics was drawn to the ends of the table. Something bothered me and I had to read your blog post twice before I found it. Your 2 x 4 legs are 1 ½” wide. Ripping the last 2 x 4s gave you 3 ½÷2, or 1 ¾” width for the cross supports. My eye caught the visual difference but couldn’t define it in words until I’d read the words twice and translated them back into actual numbers and pictures in my head. If I were making your console table, I would simply opt for 2 x 2s. (Which are really 1 ½”. We have our ditzy governmental departments from 1964 to thank for that idiocy. President Jimmy Carter should have made the country call lumber by its metric names first and re-measure the interstate system second. If he would have had the labor and construction unions behind him, it would have been done in 6 months flat.)

    Despite that bit, I love your console table and I subscribed to your blog. I can’t wait to read the rest of your DIY projects! You inspire me. 🙂

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    • Hi Shugan,
      Thanks for the comment. Yes, you could use a 2×2 board instead of ripping the 2×4. From what I remember, I made this table for my sister and those are the boards she had available at that time so that’s what I used. You could modify these plans to whatever shape or length you need.

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