After four years in this house, Mr. Decor and I were still using our old, beat up, bar height dining set from our apartment days. We wanted a table that could seat six while still fitting comfortably in our little dining nook. We also didn’t want to spend a fortune, on the assumption that we may move in a few years to a home with a bigger dining space.
We had been window shopping and brainstorming solutions for quite a while when we stumbled across the Torsby table top from Ikea. It was the perfect size and we loved the glossy white finish since we already have competing wood tones in the room. We weren’t big fans of the matching base (too obviously Ikea-y looking) so I immediately thought of an industrial pipe DIY.
There are tons of great DIY pipe tables online, ranging from a worktable @ Cafe Cartolina to industrial farmhouse chic @ Storefront Life. I decided to tweak the design a bit to accommodate chairs on the end and give it an interesting shape.
Using the dimensions of our table top & chair height, here’s what I came up with:
I knew what the final dimensions should be, so some backwards math was needed to figure out the lengths of the individual pieces. Because I’m mathematically challenged, the best solution was to play around with the pieces at Home Depot. They sell the threaded pipes (properly called nipples, feel free to giggle about that with me) already cut to dozens of different lengths. I brought along my sketch and tape measure and just started screwing things together. Thirty minutes and a handful of side-eye glances later, I had it figured out.
Here is the exact parts list. All pipes and fittings are the 3/4″ diameter unless otherwise noted. (And for the sake of not giggling through this whole tutorial, I’ll be referring to them as pipes)
- 1 Ikea Torsby table top (53″ x 33.5″)
- 4 – 18″ pipes
- 4 – 10″ pipes
- 4 – 1.5″ pipes
- 16 – “close” pipes
- 1 – 1/2″ diameter pipe cut down to 42″ long
- 16 – 90 degree elbows
- 4 – flanges
- 4 – tees
- 2 – reducer tees which are 3/4″ on the ends and 1/2″ in the middle
- (if you can’t find these, you can purchase 2 more regular tees plus 2 bushings to act as the reducers)
- 1 pack of 1″ black rubber leg tips
- 1 – can of Rustoleum metallic spray paint in Soft Iron (optional)
- 4 small washers
- 8 little screws that came with the table top
To assemble just screw these parts together in this order: Flange, close pipe, elbow, close pipe, elbow, close pipe, tee. You should end up with something that looks like the photo below. Repeat 4 times.
Now take one of your reducer tees, and screw a 10″ pipe onto each end. Repeat for your remaining reducer tee, then attach each of these completed bars to 2 of the pieces you made in Step 1.
Now you should have 2 of these:
Attach your 1/2″ diameter 42″ long pipe onto one of the reducer tees. Repeat on the other side. Now you have the top part of the table base which looks like this:
At this stage I checked it against my table top to make sure I was happy with my measurements.
Assemble your legs. A very similar process to step 1: 1.5″ pipe, elbow, close pipe, elbow, 18″ pipe. Then add the rubber caps over the exposed ends of the 1.5″ pipe to protect your floors.
Next I screwed the legs on and dragged it all outside to spray paint it (in my parking spot! in the dark!). Rustoleum’s Soft Iron is a really good match to “pipe color” and this step just made things look more uniform and clean.
Attach the base to your table top. We used the screws that came with the table top to attach the flanges. I drilled shallow pilot holes and used washers to make these screws work with the holes in the flanges. I only attached 2 screws per flange and it felt secure, but if you want to do all 4 make sure to adjust the angle of your flanges. Some of mine were twisted so that I couldn’t access the holes under the elbows (like the second photo).
Now just flip it over and you’ve got a table! We paired ours with some faux Tolix chairs from Target* and we’re quite pleased with the results.
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