Having a pipe table in your home decor is all the rage now. I have to admit: I’m in love with pipe tables! They are easy to make and they fit in most rustic, Southwest, Indonesian and Boho decor.
You can use scrap wood, an entire slice of a tree, a board or several boards for the top. The legs can be done with skinny pipes, thick pipes, crossed pipes and even copper pipes! You can spray paint the legs and have them ready to stand with a twist (pun intended)!
If you are following this blog you know I have been decorating my Mexican-inspired bar (here and photo below).
I had this area where I wanted to put some tables to make it look like a real bar: I pictured friends sitting in different tables and chatting in groups during parties. More importantly, it had to be cool. No dingy basement-looking-man- cave. Especially, inside the house!
The space was not that big and I wasn’t sure I could find something that would work in the space and still match the decor.
Pipe Tables Are Cheap to Make
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Price was a consideration when buying more than one table too. Then I thought maybe I can install a shelf instead. But then shelf seemed a little concerning because what if the wall wouldn’t hold the weight?
The wall was mainly drywall and even if I nailed the shelf to the studs there was still a possibility the shelf would eventually sag with people putting weight on it and such. Plus, I think a shelf would look a little “meh” for the space.
I had already made a pipe table using a patio umbrella stand I found in my backyard (the process: here and pic on the left). Making that table was very easy and It looked so cool!
It didn’t take long for me to realize that I could make another table like that. A custom made table would fit the space and certainly, it would match the decor.
If you don’t have the time or don’t think you can create one yourself, here are some of my picks you can buy for a decent price:
pipe table-the mission
The table would have the size I wanted, the color I wanted. The only consideration was that I needed to make the table stable enough since the legs would have to be made with 1-inch pipe and I didn’t want it to be wobbly. I opted for the one-inch pipe legs because thick legs would make the decor a little too heavy. We already had too much of that.
I decided to make a long table instead of two square ones (8ft). The table would be narrow enough not to clutter the space and also light enough that it could be pushed against the wall when not in use (20in).
How to get the right stuff for cheap
As usual, I went to the home improvement store and went straight to the rejected pile. I wanted the knots, the dings, the personality. These boards were cheap! $0.96 each!!!
Of course, the pipes were a little more money but if you go to the electrical section of the store you will find out that they are the same as the plumbing department but a LOT cheaper.
Of course, they are this ugly galvanized pipe color and they are covered in grease (YUK!). The first thing you will want to do is wash them with soap and water. Then rub vinegar afterward or the spray paint may not attach to the pipe.
Assembling is just like a Puzzle!
Once cleaned, I assembled the legs according to my measurements (height 43in, length 8ft, width 20in) to fit my space. Notice that I opted to add a crossbar at the bottom so the legs would be stable at the base.
The flanges would provide stability at the top. Instead of end caps you can use flanges too. It would be cool but they are soooo expensive! These were already 4 bucks each. Imagine using 8! With the price of the 4 flanges I didn’t buy I was able to buy most of the short pipes and “T’s”. Crazy, no?!
I spray-painted the legs to match the color of the other bar height table I made (here).
The wood top
Next, it was time to assemble the top.
Very easy: Line up the boards and screw three separate boards under the table to join them together. Then it was just a matter of screwing the flanges onto the top and voila! Make sure to use screws that are short enough not to go through the other side of the board.
After the table was assembled I just stained in the same color I used on the other table and let it dry (a mix of cherry and light oak color – let me know if you want the exact names).
After the stain was dried I added large nailheads I found on Amazon. I was so proud of myself.
Proud of Myself?
A friend of mine came to visit and commented that it was a nice table but he wished it was wider so our friends could play cards on it- “SSSSSSSS” (sound of a balloon deflating). According to him, people would be able to see each other’s cards if they sat around the narrow table. SIGH!
I didn’t have the space to make it wider. The solution? Wings!!!!
Adding wings would allow the table to remain narrow and not clutter the space but still be available when game night was on.
Heavy Duty Wings
The concern was that with a top that heavy how was I going to add more to it and still hold the weight of the wings when opened, and be stable?
After reviewing all options I opted for hinges and brackets under the table to hold a dowel on each end that would serve as support for the wings. It was simple and easy and didn’t require a lot of mechanics or expensive hardware (I saw hardware for as much as $25 dollars each- I would have needed four!). The whole table didn’t cost that much to make. So dowels it was!
Assembling the wings was the same as the table top. Line them up, screw boards under and done. Then I attached the hinges on each side of the table and the side of the wings.
I attached the brackets under the table but I had to smash the brackets a little so the dowels would not slide too easy and pinch someone in the process.
The Final Product
I think it looks good. My friend approved the design and my husband already used it several times for game night.
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