How to build an adjustable sawhorse desk coffee table

Adjustable Sawhorse Desk

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Using a coffee table as a work desk is extremely uncomfortable and, when done regularly for long periods of time, can cause chronic back pain that might plague you for the rest of your life!

Adjustable Sawhorse Desk

But we do understand that not everybody has the option to have a dedicated work space or desk. If you are one of those who often do work in their living area, on a coffee table, the solution for you may be this DIY furniture item!

It’s a coffee table with an adjustable desk height so that it can be used as a suitable laptop/work table. And the best part? This piece of furniture is suitable for anyone who wishes to use it since the height adjusting mechanism is made with all thread rods. No matter how tall or short a person is, he or she can always raise the desk height to one that is exactly comfortable for him or her!

And of course, let’s not forget that this multi-purpose furniture item is also a sawhorse. Aside from using it as an office table or craft table, you can definitely use it in your workshop, too!

What would you use this adjustable sawhorse desk coffee table for? :)


  • 2 pcs of 2″x4″x8′ Board
  • 1 pc of 2″x6″x6′ Board
  • 1 pc of 1″x4″8′ Board
  • 1 Tabletop (minimum of 24″x48″)
  • 4 pcs of 18″ long 5/8″ All Thread
  • 4 Floor Flanges (to match all thread)
  • Screws (no longer than 1-1/2″)
  • 8 Nuts (to match all thread)
  • 8 Washers (to match all thread)
  • 2″ Screws
  • 2-1/2″ Screws
  • 2-1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws


  • Measuring Tape
  • Speed Square
  • Kreg Jig
  • Cordless Drill
  • Miter Saw

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Thanks to Ana White for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here