How to Make a Suitcase End Table

I love a project that seems simple in thought, and truly is in execution. I mean, that doesn’t seem to happen very often.

And yet it wasn’t that difficult to make this…


from this…


I had been wanting to do this for a long time. We had 3 suitcases stacked on either side of our guest bed before. Which looked cool, but was not at all practical. Half of them were slanted and so I had to try to keep them level by shoving towels or books in between them.


I wanted them to be much more functional and much less bulky.

So I ordered these Waddell round taper legs from Home Depot after measuring and determining the 16″ ones would be best.


I used the flat suitcases and made sure they were level (ish).


The legs came unfinished so I started by staining them.


I taped off the feet and applied Wood Conditioner followed by Dark Walnut stain.

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I did not let the stain sit long at all- I wiped it on and then off on each one.

After they dried overnight I wiped them with Polyurethane.

Then I set out to attach them to the suitcases.


I measured and marked where I wanted them on the bottom of the suitcases. I used our drill to make holes that were big enough for the bolt on the top of the leg.

After “screwing in” the legs, I held each in place with a nut.

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And that was it.


Ta da! Stinkin’ adorable.

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I am in love with it! It’s so cute and actually very sturdy.

I attempted to do the same with another one but it did not turn out. Too wobbly. So my next post will be on how I still make a table out of it, but in an even more simple way!

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What do you think of my suitcase end table? Feel free to Pin this to your DIY board! I know I can’t wait to make more! Maybe now you will think twice about passing up vintage suitcases!

Linked up to Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Feature Friday


3 thoughts on “How to Make a Suitcase End Table

  1. This is adorable! I would love this beside my bed. You did a great job. My daughter and I just finished a chest of drawers to look like a stack of suitcases so this would be right at home!

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