Hidden Storage

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.

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  • 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

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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!