DIY | Coffee table with hidden storage

Have you any old vintage suitcases gathering dust in the back of your closet? then look at this luggage DIY project.


  • Waddell straight top plate hardware (4)
  • Waddell 4? tapered table legs (4)
  • vintage suitcase
  • spray paint or stain for the legs
  • power drill
  • measuring tape


1. Turn the suitcase upside down, measure and mark out the four areas to place the hardware.

2. Get out your power drill and screw in the hardware.

3. Screw in the legs!


  • If you want to be SUPER green, keep your eyes peeled for a table with similar “screw-in” legs at a thrift shop or yard sale. Give them a little test and try to unscrew all of the legs before you get the table home (sometimes the screws are stripped, and then you’re, well . . . screwed). You can find the hardware and legs at a DIY store, but they are also available at a range of sites online.
  • This project works best with old suitcases that were constructed out of balsa/masonite or some other sort of thin wood. You want a case with a bit of thickness — something the screws can sink in to.
  • Use cheap black spray paint to go with the black tones in this suitcase; dark wood stains look really nice, as well.

My favorite part? The hidden storage.


This proyect is from the talented Ashley Poskin and revisited by Kate.  Thanks for sharing, Ashley and Kate!


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