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IKEA Hack Coffee Table Using the Alseda Stool
credit: Sara Albers

This might just be the perfect IKEA hack for your outdoor living space. We turned an IKEA Alseda stool into a coffee table using a few tools and supplies — all found at the hardware store. The Alseda is a floor pad made from braided banana leaves and set onto a hollow metal frame. Once we saw this, we knew it would make for a darling coffee table — and this DIY looks similar to a higher end rattan-style table, don't you think? It's perfect for a patio or garden setting but would work just as well in a living room!

IKEA Hack coffee table with Alseda stool - Living Room
credit: Sara Albers

Things You'll Need

IKEA Hack coffee table with Alseda stool
credit: Sara Albers

Step 1

Measure the bottom of the Alseda stool (inside the frame on the bottom of stool).

IKEA Hack Coffee Table Using the Alseda Stool
credit: Sara Albers

Step 2

If using our measurement, draw a 13.25-inch circle onto the plywood.

IKEA Hack Coffee Table Using the Alseda Stool
credit: Sara Albers

Step 3

Using a jig saw, cut out the circle from the plywood.

IKEA Hack coffee table with Alseda stool
credit: Sara Albers

Step 4

Mark where you would like for the table legs to go into the plywood base. We drilled holes about half an inch from the edge of our circle.

IKEA Hack coffee table with Alseda stool
credit: Sara Albers

Step 5

Screw the table legs into the drilled holes and secure each with a washer and nut.

IKEA Hack coffee table with Alseda stool
credit: Sara Albers

Step 6

Secure the plywood table base onto the bottom of the stool using Liquid Nails.

IKEA Hack coffee table with Alseda stool
credit: Sara Albers

Step 7

Allow the table base to dry overnight. For better adhesion, place weights onto the bottom of base to help get the best, most secure adhesion.

IKEA Hack coffee table with Alseda stool
credit: Sara Albers

And you're done!

IKEA Hack Coffee Table Using the Alseda Stool
credit: Sara Albers

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Alice & Lois is a DIY and lifestyle blog where twin sisters Sara and Melissa share their inspiration, projects, connection and celebrate the good in life. They create inspiring posts centered around home, family, style and creativity, specializing in simple, yet sophisticated DIY projects. Sara and Melissa live in two very different places – Sara is in the heart of the midwest, Indianapolis and Melissa in the majestic ski town of Crested Butte, Colorado. Alice & Lois was named one of the Top 10 DIY and Decorating Blogs by the editors of Better Homes and Gardens in 2015 and 2016 and recently named one of the Top 30 DIY Blogs to Follow by Domino.