Published on January 18th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Vacation Inspired Coffee Table

Materials: (2) x Billsta table tops, 1 pack of (4) 6″ Capita, 1 pack of (4) 8″ Capita
NON-IKEA – (4) 2″x 1/4″ sunken machine screws, nuts, and washers

On a vacation to Sweden (yes, the motherland of IKEA) I ran across a coffee table that I’d been looking for. Unfortunately, the price, not to mention shipping back to the US, was way more then I would ever spend.
Once back home, fruitless internet searches failed to find what I was looking for. So, I started looking online for parts. I ended up on the IKEA site and found several parts that would work.

Here’s what I did:

1. For the first table top, I flipped over and drew cross lines at 90° (dividing the table into 4 quarters).
**Tip: You can use the pre-drilled holes as a guide for the cross lines

2. At the outer end of each line, I measured in 2.5 cm from the edge of the table top and marked a line in pencil

3. I placed the plate of the capita leg (group of four holes towards the inside), the outer edge of the plate centered on the 2.5 cm mark and the inner edge centered on the cross line. Mark the holes.
**Tip: There are six (6) holes in the capita plate, use the inner four

4. Pre-drill the holes with an 1/8″ bit, making sure not to go through the table. (You are only wanting to make sure you don’t move off center when screwing in the screws)

5. Screw in the plate.
**Tip: Screw in the screws halfway and remove. Use the tip of the screwdriver to clean the hole as the material tends to rise and may make the level of the plate uneven.

6. Screw in 6″ legs, making sure to twist all the way down.

7. Repeat Steps 3 – 6 for the remaining three (3) legs

8. Place the second table top right side up. Set the first table top with legs on top.

***Measuring is IMPORTANT for the following steps****

9. Align the two tops. DON’T eyeball this, it will not come out right.
**Tip: We used a right angle for this.. and checked and double checked several times.

10. Once the tops are aligned, use a pencil to trace the base of the 6″ legs. Remove the first table and flip over with the legs on top.

11. Remove the flat base on the four legs. You can just pull them off. You will want the four plastic black pieces.

12. Pre-drill hole for 1/4″ machine screws in the center of the plastic pieces.

13. Place the black plastic bases on the traced circles on the second table.

14. Making sure the black plastic piece is centered, drill 1/4″ hole through the plastic piece and all the way through the table. Do this for all four bases.
**TIP: Use a large phillips head to enlarge the whole on the bottom side of the table. This will allow the machine screws to be flush with the top.

15. Place the screw through the base of the table, through the black plastic piece. Place washer and screw on nut.
**Tip: If you didn’t drill the hole completely center, use the traced circle to align the black plastic piece. You may also need to use a metal file to shave the washer on one side if it’s to big to fit in the plastic piece.

16. Place the first table onto the second aligning the legs into the plastic bases. If you measured and drilled right, they should go right in.

17. Repeat steps 1 – 7 for the remaining legs.
**Tip: I set the 8″ legs on opposite sides and made sure that the legs were aligned with the 6″ legs before drilling.

That’s basically it. It’s a little tricky with the measuring as it’s a circle so there is no corner or base to measure from. Just don’t get rushed on lazy on the measuring or it won’t align right.

~ Gennine, Houston, TX

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Jules Yap

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10 Responses to Vacation Inspired Coffee Table

  1. greentree says:

    i like your finished round table even more than the original oval one!! sooooo beautiful. has a more substantial appearance than the first.

  2. Gennine K. says:

    “it doesn’t seem you can purchase white billsta table tops separately”

    I was able to buy them separately at the store. I found the table online, but I know that IKEA normally sells things separately so I took the chance when I went to the store.

  3. Anonymous says:

    it doesn’t seem you can purchase white billsta table tops separately

  4. Cheryl says:

    Great job! Your table is gorgeous. Re: the previous comments mistakenly thinking the pic of your table was a pic of the table you copied – it is a testament to how professional your table (and photo) looks!


  5. Anonymous says:

    Looking really good, Gennie! Really stylish.

    Will give it the ultimate performance test by putting my feet up when we visit you guys in March.

    Now get going designing that dinner table too!


  6. Jules says:

    Oh my mistake, I thought the second picture was a reference to the coffee table from the store. Will remove my comment.

  7. Gennine K. says:

    This is the closest I could find to the coffee table I wanted. (This is oval, not round like the one I saw in the store but it is the same style). Look at the one with the round glass top (but imagine they were both white!)

  8. Gennine K. says:

    Anonymous – actually they are two picture of the table I made. I have the picture I took from the store, but I didn’t upload it at the time (hindsight says I should have). Ikeahackers iserted the “(pic right)” comment.

    AprilAries – It’s actually a little different then what I saw at the store. It’s a larger diameter and the legs aren’t tapered, but I like it. :)

  9. AprilAries says:

    I LOVE this! You can hardly tell a difference between yours and the original. Great job! One of the best I-Hacks I’ve seen!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Is there a picture of the finished product, instead of the item it was copied from?

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