IKEA RODEBY DIY: Make Your Own Coffee Table in 5 Steps

Craving a chic wooden slat coffee table without emptying your wallet? Say hello to our IKEA RÖDEBY hack! Whip up your own gorgeous table in just five steps.

This DIY is a total win-win – it’s easy on the pocket and fun to create. Plus, you get to add your personal flair to your living space. Let’s get started!

Wooden accents in home decor are all the rage these days, from wall panels to kitchen fronts. Furniture pieces with slats, especially when paired with natural stone, are gaining popularity.

With a variety of choices from light oak to walnut, you can customize your coffee table to match your style.

Our IKEA RÖDEBY hack allows you to create a unique coffee table for less than 50 euros ($55 USD).

Materials Needed

The star of this DIY project is IKEA’s RÖDEBY, a versatile tray that fits over your sofa’s armrest, keeping your coffee or wine within easy reach. But with our hack, you’ll see how it can be transformed into a stylish coffee table. Here’s what you’ll need:

For this project, I used a marble tabletop that I had previously purchased on sale. The base wasn’t to my liking, but the top was perfect for this project.

You can also find a suitable tabletop at a thrift store or use IKEA’s SNUDDA turning plate.


This DIY project also incorporates two recycled plastic flower pots from IKEA’s NYPON line. These pots come in various sizes and dimensions, so you can choose what best fits your tabletop. My tabletop has a diameter of 60 centimeters, but you can opt for a larger pot if you prefer.

The Five-Step Coffee Table

Step 1: Prepare and Level
If you’re gluing two pots together, ensure they fit properly by carefully trimming the edge at the bottom of the pot. Always cut away from yourself to prevent injury.

Step 2: Paint and/or Stain
Spray paint one half of the pot in a color of your choice. I chose a color that matched my sofa’s legs. You can also stain the RÖDEBY in a different color if you wish.

Step 3: Glue the Base
Glue the pots together, apply enough glue, and weigh down the top pot. Allow it to dry for 24 hours.

Step 4: Glue RÖDEBY
Apply glue to the back of the bamboo mat and wrap it around the pot. Secure it with bungee cords or glue clamps and let it dry.

Step 5: Weigh Down and Glue the Sheet
Fill the top pot with sand (or stones or leftover concrete) to create a sturdy leg for your coffee table.

Apply glue to the edges of the flower pot and place the tabletop on it.

Weigh it down for proper adhesion and let it dry for at least 24 hours before moving or using the table.

With this IKEA RÖDEBY hack, you can create a stylish and functional coffee table that adds a personal touch to your living space.

Remember, when moving the table, lift it by the base to prevent the top from detaching.

I hope this IKEA RÖDEBY hack inspires you to create your own unique pieces and transform your space into a reflection of your personal style.

Remember, the beauty of DIY is that you can always add your own twist to make it truly yours.

For more DIY projects and home decor inspiration, visit my website at sevencouches.nl. I look forward to sharing more creative ideas with you.

Until next time, keep creating!

Mardou van Kuilenburg