Our Famous $20 DIY Pallet Coffee Table With Wheels!

Making a gorgeous DIY pallet coffee table for next to nothing!

In our first New Zealand flat, we didn’t have a coffee table. We’d been trying to make do with as little as we could.

But when we moved into our second flat in New Zealand, it didn’t have any room for a dining table.

We had to get creative.

So we decided to make our own coffee table—and put wheels on it! That way we could

  1. easily move it out of the way if needed, and
  2. it could serve as our dining table. (Lots of cultures sit at lower tables!)


Where’d we source the pallet from?

Our landlord had a pallet from some construction work he was doing, so we asked him if we could have it.

(Wood in New Zealand is more expensive than wood in the U.S. So we’d already tried our hand at creating furniture from free pallets.)

Free and resourceful = the Kiwi way! We were just embracing our new culture.

Pallet coffee table in living room with shells in vases


Design + Build

As usual, I designed it and Matt built it.

Also as usual, when you’re married to Jess, the design got slightly more complicated as the wheels keeps spinning.

Turns out, you don’t just take a pallet and slap some castor wheels on it! It was more complex than that. (Especially as I decided I wanted storage below the coffee table, which required another pallet later on.)

Pallet coffee table DIY with shells in vases

It was after Matt finished this pallet coffee table DIY with the castors that I vowed impulsively,

“All of my coffee tables from now on shall have castors!”

They were that handy. I was carried away on a castor-wheel frenzy.

Corner of DIY pallet coffee table


3+ Bonus Features of Our Pallet Coffee Table!

#1: It was stable enough to put your feet up on…

White DIY Pallet coffee table with wheels

#2: …or to scoot closer if you needed to set a plate or drink down on it.

DIY Pallet coffee table with wheels

#3: Sometimes I’d wheel our pallet coffee table out of the way if I’d been working out and needed an area to stretch. Castors made the function even better.

DIY pallet coffee table with green plant

#4: To boot, our pallet coffee table was a huge conversation piece. We started noticing that, for some reason, most everyone who came over couldn’t seem to stop gushing over our coffee table.

Pallet coffee table DIY with wheels


“What was the cost for your wooden pallet coffee table?”

Function plus all of the above bonuses for $20? You can’t beat that!

(This was cost of castors only, as the pallet = free, and paint = free leftovers, as many of us have lying around!)

Wooden pallet coffee table with wheels

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  1. Darcy russak

    I need your help! I’m having to move again and into a smaller space. I just can’t emotional take having to figure things out again . My bday is this may and I would a bday present from you, just thought I’d ask. I’d I send you pics can you help me with figuring this place out so I feel good about coming home. I really need a life boost and some help . Thanks in advance. Btw I’ll be 58 and have lost a lot.

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