By far, our Herringbone laundry room table is one of my favorite things I have ever made! I’m so proud of how it turned out and it’s exactly how I envisioned it! Most importantly it is the one of most useful projects created in this newly renovated room. Here I am sharing this DIY tutorial so you can build your own farmhouse style laundry table!
Planning my Herringbone laundry room table
I figured out how wide and long I wanted my table to be and settled on two feet wide x 4 feet long. I chose this size for a number of reasons. First, this size is plenty of room to fold laundry on. Second, it’s the perfect amount of space for laundry baskets to go underneath. Third, and most importantly, I can still open my dryer and the basement door with no interference!
I’m pretty tall and wanted a good height to save my back while folding laundry therefore I went with 37 inches for the table height. These were all key things I took into consideration when designing my table so that it would be exactly what I wanted – and above all – what we needed.
Assembling the Herringbone table top
My next step was to cut a 2 ft x 4ft piece of 3/8 plywood using the table saw. Using a piece of plywood for the base of your herringbone table top is important because it adds strength and durability. It also gives you a solid structure under the pallet boards to build with.
Once it was cut, I started lining up pallet boards along the top but I ran into some difficulty keeping them square without being secured. Therefore, I decided to start nailing them even though they were not cut to size as of yet.
Each piece I nailed on using my new nailer that I had gotten for Christmas. I checked each one with a carpenter’s square before nailing them into place, just to make sure it was all lining up nicely. Once completed it looked like this.
I then nailed on a few smaller pieces to fill the gaps as you can see above. Next, I took the skill saw and cut all the edges flush with the sheet of plywood.
I added a skirting to the herringbone table top by using a few more pallet boards.
Time to make the laundry room table legs
Now it was time to flip it over so that I could start on the legs. Using 2×4’s I cut to length 4 pieces at 36 inches long, I attached them to my table top using screws.
I also cut two pieces to fit in between the legs at the top of the table and two more for the bottom. I attached the two bottom ones two inches above the the bottom of the 2×4 because this would be my bottom shelf. At this point I was at a stand still.
I realized I needed to rip a couple 2x4s into 2×2’s – not the easiest way to build a table, but I did it because I was being frugal – and that’s what I had on hand.
X marks the spot
Next I needed to come up with the angles for X’s. I had been dreaming of these beautiful X supports since I started the laundry table plan in my head.
I had to play with it a bit to get them perfectly lined up. The miter saw couldn’t get the right angle so I simply traced it on the 2×2 and cut with the circular saw.
The shorter pieces angles on the side were 45 degrees, which are pretty simple cuts on the miter saw. In this case the X’s were for decoration more than stability, so I just used the nailer to put them into place.
I added some 2×2’s at the Center mark of the X. I pre-drilled the wood so that it would not split, and used some extra long screws to hold them in place. These would be where my second shelf would go.
I should add I always try to remember to pre-drill when building for a couple of different reasons. First of all, it prevents splitting and cracking. Second of all, it makes it so much easier to screw together once its pre-drilled. Last, it helps make it look a bit more professional.
I also like to use our countersink drill bit because then I’m able to hide screw heads if I want to.
Repurposing to create rustic shelves
I had some scrap wood left over from a cubby cabinet I had ripped apart and we cut those to length width wise of the table to give it a planked look. Next I sanded them to get some of the paint off and create a rustic look. Then I put them aside.
Adding a few coats of fresh white paint
I gave the base of the table a quick sanding. Then I used two coats of flat white kitchen paint allowing a bit of the wood color to show through because I still wanted a farmhouse feel.
Completing the Herringbone laundry room table
Once it dried I flipped it over and grabbed the trusty nailer attaching all my plank boards to the 2×2’s. Honestly I was hesitant on how the shelves would look because it was yet another tone of rustic in this compact project. Absolutely no regrets with this decision!
Time to bring this rustic beauty inside
Once we brought our completed herringbone laundry room table inside I felt like the room was finally complete. Although I have to admit, there are still many more projects I want to make and add to this room.
The herringbone table top ties into the pallet wall so beautifully. I plan to add some pallet shutters to the wall behind it one of these days too. We get a lot of early morning sun on this window and as a result it can pretty heated in this room.
The white base gives it a nice crisp look while tying into the farmhouse feel of the white wood used in various elements of this room. I am 100% completely satisfied with our latest DIY project. I hope you love it too!
At this point in our renovation I’m pretty sure I could live in this laundry area for days. Check out my other DIY tutorials for more project ideas and inspiration for your own home!