Detailed DIY Pottery Barn Dining Table Plans

Published by Deanna Yates on

Back in September, my husband and I built our very first piece of furniture. It was a dining table modeled after the Pottery Barn Hyde line. It was much easier to put together than expected and since then I have received several requests for detailed plans on how we put it together. Well, the day has finally arrived!
Pottery Barn Dining Table DIY
These DIY Pottery Barn dining table plans were put together using Google SketchUp and while I tried my hardest to keep all of the measurements exact, sometimes the program just would not work with me. So please follow the measurements and do not rely solely on the photos.
These plans are modified from the Tryde Coffee Table plans posted on Ana-White.

71″ wide x 35″ wide x 30″ tall

Supplies List:

2 1/2″ Screws
2 – 4×4 posts 8′ length (we used the left overs for the bench)
3 – 1×4 8′ length boards
2 – 2×2 8′ length boards
1- 2×6 8′ length board
10 – 2×4 8′ length boards
Sandpaper (100, 150, and 220)
Wood putty (we left the screws exposed and they still look great)
Stain, varnish, paint or other finishing product
safety glasses
hearing protection (we love these headphones because you can plug in your phone or mp3 player)
miter saw (or have the hardware store cut your wood for you)
Cut List:
A) 4 – 4×4 Posts @ 28 1/2″ (Legs)
B) 2 – 1×4 @ 29 1/2″ (Leg Joiners)
C) 2 – 1×4 @ 57 1/2″ (Side Aprons)
D) 4 – 1×4 @ 2 1/2″ (End Apron Spacer)
E) 2 – 1×4 @ 24″ (End Aprons)
F) 4 – 2×2 @ 29 1/2″ (Tabletop Supports)
G) 2 – 2×6 @ 35″ (Breadboard Ends)
H) 10 – 2×4 @ approx. 60 3/4″ (Tabletop Pieces – Measure the table before cutting these boards)

Cut out all boards except H. To get the best fit, you will measure and precisely cut out each of the boards H to fit the table. Remember, use the 2 1/2″ screws unless otherwise noted and always predrill and countersink your screws. Use glue on all joints to keep the table from separating later.
Step 1: Screw the Leg Joiner (B) to the legs (A) as shown below. Do this on both sets of legs. Use the measurements below to guide you.

DIY Dining Table

Step 2: Screw the side aprons (C) into the ends of the leg joiners (B) as shown below.

Make your own dining table

Step 3: Screw the end apron spacers (D)  into the legs as shown below.

Make a Hyde Dining Table from scratch

Check for square. Measure from one end diagonally across the table. Then measure on the other diagonal. If the measurements are the same, your table is square. If not, evaluate where you are off and make the necessary corrections.
Step 4: Screw the end aprons (E) into the end apron spacers as shown below.

DIY Pottery Barn Table

Step 5: Screw in the tabletop supports (F) as shown below, spacing the supports approx. 9″ apart.

Build a Dining Table

Step 6: Now screw the breadboard ends into the tops of the legs as shown below. The edge of the breadboard is centered on the leg.

DIY Dining Table - Pottery Barn Knockoff

Step 7: Take a length measurement between the breadboard ends. Be very precise and cut your first tabletop board (H). Place the board with one edge centered on the table and screw in place from the bottom through the supports (F). (The board should not be centered as it appears to be in the image)

Build a Dining Table

Step 8: Continue to measure and cut the tabletop boards for the top of the table. Repeat step 7. This time, make sure the edges of the tabletop boards line up. Do not leave gap between the tabletop boards. Use clamps to keep boards together.

Build your own PotteryBarn Table

Step 9: Stand back and admire your beautiful table. Time to send out the dinner invitations!

DIY Dining Table - Pottery Barn Knockoff

Our table (pictured below) was stained using Minwax in Jacobean. There are three coats of stain and three coats of polyurethane. It makes me so proud every time someone new comes over and compliments it before they know we built it.

DIY Dining Table - Pottery Barn Knockoff

Update: The bench plans are now available! Check them out to build your own DIY Dining Table Bench.
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Marius · January 4, 2016 at 6:03 am

Very beautiful table and nice, clear, detailed instructions. Thank you very much!
I would try to make the connection between leg joiners B and side aprons C a bit stiffer, by adding metal angle brackets. This should add longitudinal stability.

Alaina · September 1, 2015 at 12:11 pm

i love this table! How can I make this for a seating of 8 instead of 6?

    Deanna · September 2, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Hmm. Well, I guess you could make the table longer. So instead of cutting the middle boards down to 60 3/4" you could keep them to around 84". This will give you an extra 24" on each side. You would need to add another support (F). The table will be long and thin so you might want to adjust the width as well depending on your space.

Prars · October 30, 2014 at 10:45 am

This is exactly the table that I have been looking for!!! Even better is the part that I can make it myself! Thankyou for instructions and plans.
How do I recalculate the dimensions if I want to change the width from 35″ to 40″?
Your help is appreciated.

Deb · October 4, 2014 at 6:48 am

This looks so fabulous! About to build our first dining table and just searching around to find the easiest and best instructions for us to get started. Just curious…what type of poly did you use? I like how your has a shiny finish….I want it to resemble the PB one with the shiny finish..Im assuming gloss.
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Harry · November 25, 2013 at 5:30 am

what is the average cost of these supplies. I know it may vary, but could you give me a guestimate?

Meghan · October 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm

I am trying to build this table longer and and 1″ shorter. I am trying to figure out my cut lengths and am confused about the C piece if your table is 71″ long you have the C pieces at 57 1/2″ long which is making your table apron 5 1/2 ” shorter than the top do you think this would apply as a good guide to any size table? Also since B is only leaving a 3/4″ gap where C goes does C overhang by 1/4″ on the legs? Sorry if these seem silly questions this will be my first building project and I am using wood already purchased, trying to adjust to wood size.

Kim · October 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Love this! How long did it take to create?

Courtney Naif · October 9, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Hi, I love your table, I am making it this weekend!!! I have a concern, though. I see the (g) 2×6 are 35″. But you have 10 2×4’s laid across which equals 45″. Is this correct? I’m confused, wondering if the 10 2×4’s will match up to the (g) breadboard lengths of 35″. I was also wondering, if possible, could I use 5- 2×8’s instead of the 10- 2×4. Thanks so much!!! 🙂

John Freeman · July 31, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Should D not be 2-3/4 in. to fill the gap?

    Deanna · August 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Good catch. Yes, based on the measurements, D should be 2 3/4\”. I\’ll make the adjustment.

      John Freeman · August 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      I just finish my bench like the one above,and just ruined it by using jacobean(minax) Way too dark. Be careful picking your stain

        Deanna · August 26, 2013 at 11:21 am

        Sorry you thought the jacobean stain was too dark. We wanted a really dark stain so it was perfect for us.

      Bryon Terry · November 4, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      Should D be 2 3/4, can you send me a updated plan for the table, please. Plus I see 5 boards for f in the pic but you say only 4. ???

Josh · July 31, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Did you use a wood conditioner prior to the stain?

    Deanna · August 1, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Yes. We used a wood conditioner to help keep the stain more even across the different woods.

Amanda · March 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm

I LOVE this table! I had been looking @ similar ones online and in local stores and they were wanting $250+ and I am not willing to pay that much for something I know my toddler will destroy. Thank you!

    Deanna · March 17, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Thank you! I can't wait to hear/see how it turns out.

    Leah Marie · January 11, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Can you tell me how much it cost for you to make the table and benches?
    Thank you.

      Deanna · February 13, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      I think the total for both pieces would be around $100 for the materials. That includes the wood, screws, wood glue, sand paper, wood conditioner, stain and polyurethane. Of course you need to have some tools to complete the project so there will be an initial cost to get started, but you could always rent the tools or see if the lumber yard can cut the pieces for you.

Allison · January 5, 2013 at 6:59 pm

My boyfriend and I are starting to make this table. We would love the dimensions for the bench, too, if you have them.

    Allison · January 5, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Also, did you stain before our after assembly?

      Deanna · February 21, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Sorry for the delay. The plans for the bench are finally available! Check them out here:…. To answer your question about the stain, we waited until we assembled the table and bench before staining. If it was a piece we wanted to put outside, I would stain and seal all pieces before assembly.

Aimee · November 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Wow! What a beautiful piece, and I love the can-do attitude of this project and everything on your blog! I will live through you vicariously until we’ve settled down into a place where we’re not going to pick up and move any month. Totally inspiring 🙂

EmmaJ · October 17, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I would love bench dimensions too please!! Just finished sanding tonight and I can’t wait to stain! Thank you for the great plans!

Paul · October 15, 2012 at 11:52 am

Hi Deanna,
I made my table this weekend and it turned out really well, joints are very strong and it looks great! I’m starting to read up on finishes now and was hoping to bug you a bit more.
Which color of minwax finish did you use on your table? It looks really good.
Did you sand in between each coat of polyurethane? Did you need all 3 coats of polyurethane to get your nice glossy look?

    Deanna · October 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    So happy to hear your table turned out well!
    We used Minwax stain in Jacobean. It looks really dark when it goes on, but the wood shows through nicely when you wipe it off. Yes, we did use three coats of polyurethane and sanded with fine sandpaper in between coats. I think we used 220 grit.

Paul · October 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Thanks for your answer 🙂 Just one more question – you say to glue the joints – did you put glue on pieces B and C and let it dry before putting in the screws? Thanks!

Paul · October 11, 2012 at 10:58 am

Hi, I’m curious about the strength of the joints for the leg joiners (B) and side aprons (C). I’m wondering if its better to use dowel pins instead of screws to join the legs together.
Is your table very sturdy with those screw joints? If you put a lot of weight or sit on the table does it feel completely stable?

    Deanna · October 12, 2012 at 5:35 am

    I am sure wood dowels would be the more correct way to make the joints, but as this was the first piece of wood furniture we ever made, we wanted to keep it easy. That said, the table is definitely sturdy (and heavy). We have not sat on it, but I have put heavy things on it and never questioned if it would hold.

      Deanna · October 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Not sure where your comment disappeared to, but you asked if we glued the pieces together and then waited for them to dry before screwing them together. The answer is no. We put glue on the pieces and then screwed them together while wet. This made it so we did not need clamps, which was helpful on our first project. Hope that helps. Good luck and I\’d love to hear how your piece turns out!

Monica · October 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I will be following these instructions EXACTLY this weekend. I’m pretty excited. I just have a couple of questions:
1. you said “Remember, use the 2 3/4″ screws unless otherwise noted…” but youve listed 2 1/2″ screws in the supplies list. Did you mean 2 1/2″?
I was also wondering how many qts of stain did you end up using for 3 coats? And last but not least do you by any chance have instructions on your bench as well. I live in a cottage type house in the mountains and think my space would lend itself beautifully to two bench seats.
I absolutely LOVE this table. I’d be happy if I did half as good a job as you and your husband did!!!!

    Deanna · October 12, 2012 at 5:31 am

    Thank you for the nice compliments! Yes, I did mean the 2 1/2\” screws. I\’ll have to fix that. As for the stain I think I only used one quart, but at the most it would have been 2. I\’m sorry I do not have plans for the benches yet. I\’d like to post them soon, but have not found the time. It was made the same way as the table so maybe I can at least send you the final measurements. Good luck and I cannot wait to hear how it turns out!

      John · February 12, 2013 at 8:11 am

      Would love the dimensions for the bench also, we have a familyof six and sometimes seven. Do you feel there is roomon the ends for chairs or should I go longer on length?

    Deanna · February 21, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    The plans for the bench are finally available! Check them out here:

Beth · September 23, 2012 at 10:25 am

I’m in the process of building a table based on this design but with extensions that will go in the ends to make it bigger for company. I have completed assembling it but now we are on to sanding, probably forever and ever it seems. 🙂
Thanks so much for sharing your plans! I was really looking for a table that didn’t use pocket screws. This was perfect! And easier to make than it was to install our laminate flooring!

    Damian · November 16, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Hello – if you made the extensions and it all worked out – would you mind sharing how you did it?

EmmaJ · August 31, 2012 at 9:13 am

This is stunning! What type of wood did you use?

    Deanna · September 3, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    The table was made with standard 2x4s, 2x6s and 4×4 posts from Home Depot. I think it was all pine, but as our first DIY piece we were not very selective and went with the less expensive pieces. Sorry I do not have a straight answer. Hope that helps. Cheers!

      Jamie G · October 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      I have been looking around for types of wood to use for this project. I see you used pine – does your table mark easily? I’ve been advised against pine because of that reason from lowes and another lumber company. They of course are suggesting Oak or some other equally expensive wood. I want this table to last a while though. Thanks!

        Bob W. · January 11, 2013 at 6:01 am

        Jamie. Consider that using pine will cost less and that even if you have scrapes and some dents over time, it is easy to work with and refinish the top. Or you could even just make a new top. After you have made one table you will be an expert and it will be much easier. With that said, you can find some really beautiful hard woods to use, but even they will show wear over time. With the additional cost of the wood you might get a more pleasant looking piece, but it lasts a long time and can also be reworked if you can’t stand the imperfections of normal wear. You could always just cover the marred area with a placemat….

Amber · June 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm

BEAUTIFUL table!!!

Misti · June 14, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Love it! We're planning to make a table soon, too! I'm going to pin it so I can look over your plans when we're ready!
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Jenny · June 14, 2012 at 2:36 am

What a beautiful table! Very impressive that you built it yourselves- and that it was your first project! Well done. I'm always amazed at people who have the time and talent to complete beautiful projects like this. Sadly, I have neither but I love seeing what others can do. Thanks for stopping by on my SITS day. xx

MeganSweeney · June 11, 2012 at 9:20 am

Looooove this table and loved eating at it too:)

keblon19 · June 11, 2012 at 8:48 am

WOw this nice, thanks for the instruction you post in here I will try this at home..
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