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After scouring Craiglist for an entryway table and coming up short, I decided to make my own DIY Industrial Hallway Cart.

Many times when you find tables they are too wide and really cut off the hallway.  Making one yourself can allow you to get just the depth you want for your foyer.

This one is so simple to make and uses nothing but 2″ x 4″s which are cheap and obviously very durable.

While I did tweak the measurements a bit the original inspiration and full-tutorial is on Decor and a Dog.

This table measures 39″ wide, 14″ deep and 33 1/2″ tall.


Cut list for a 39″x 14″ wide cart:

  • 4 – 30 1/2″
  • 10 – 7″ or if you want to rip the 2 x 3 then do 4 – 7″ piece and 2 – 2″ x 3″
  • 6 – 28 7/8″
  • 6 – 35 7/8″

How to make the DIY Industrial Hallway Cart Step-by-Step

Step 1 –  Cut all your pieces with a miter saw.

I like to sand as I go so sanded all the pieces with 100 grit sandpaper before I drilled pocket holes.

Following Michelle’s tutorial, I a 2″ x 3″ for the side pieces and just ripped a 2″ x 4″ down to size.

However, I think using a 2″ x 4″ is just fine.

I don’t think the 1″ less added anything to the overall design.

Step 2 – Drill pocket holes with a Kreg Jig.

You have to think about where the pocket holes are going to go so that everything drills in nicely and doesn’t bump up against another screw.  Here is my placement of all my pocketholes on the shelves.

pockethole placement for entryway-cart

Clamps are your friend if you are building solo.  It is easy to get one of the boards higher than another if you don’t.

entryway table cart
building an entrway cart

Step 3 – Put it together

Once all the shelves are completed you can attach the sides to the shelves.

kreg jig cart
diy foyer cart

To make it look a little more rustic I used a hammer and nails and pounded the cart to give it some dings and knicks.

Once stained it darkens the dinged area.  I didn’t fill in my pocket holes.

The only ones that are kind of visible are those 4-7″ side pieces.

I just made sure to use a q-tip and stain inside the hole so it blended nicely.

entryway table cart
DIY entryway cart

Step 4 – Finishing

To finish with a stain make sure you use a pre-wood conditioner since pine is a soft wood.

I then followed that up with Minwax Dark Walnut.

DIY foyer furniture

Step 5 – Drying

I let it dry overnight and then put two coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly in Satin on it (sanding in between coats).

Step 6 – Last finishing touches

I used angle braces and nailhead tacks (from Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores) on the top of the shelf to give it an industrial look.

I sanded the braces to dull the finish.

DIY industrial cart

Step 7 – Put the casters on

I ordered these casters from Amazon because I wanted an all-metal wheel look.

They don’t swivel but honestly, they are just for looks and the slight moving of the cart when I want to clean under it, which as you can see by the pic below, isn’t often enough.

DIY foyer table

I am loving the Dark Walnut stain with the contrast of the metal accents and wheels.

foyer table cart

Paired with the wood shim mirror I made, it’s a pretty fabulous little nook of my house.

DIY foyer furniture

DIY Industrial Hallway Cart Styling Source list:

Sea Grass Baskets – Lowes.

Galvanized metal bins from Wal-Mart

Faux fur throws from Wal-Mart

Faux Succulent from IKEA

Lantern from Kirkland’s.

Reality check: peek left at the mess I call an office.

DIY foyer furniture

It houses several practical things like extra blankets, sunglasses (I always lose them so I buy a truckload at a time), some basic tools we use inside (the rest is in my workshop), our batteries, first aid kit, etc.

DIY industrial rustic cart
industrial metat bins

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  1. I have to tell you how impressed I am with your work. Also, how to you get it all done? You must work 24/7!! Seriously, I’m not anywhere close to your level of expertise, but you do give very good instructions and make it seem very doable. Thanks!

  2. I really appreciate the nice added details you give. Love your pocket hole placement guide. For someone who is less creative and a beginner, they really help! Same goes for the stain. Details really matter to some of us! Thank you.

  3. I love this. I’m actually in the middle of building it (it’s going to be a coffee cart in my dining room), and as I started to put it together I noticed I did not have enough 7″ pieces. There should be 10, not 6. 2 for each shelf and 2 for each side. Thankfully I messed a cut up earlier and had to buy extra wood then, so I had enough to just cut the extra 4. I hesitated to say anything, because I don’t want to be taken as rude (I’m so grateful for the plans to begin with), just wanted to point it out in case someone else comes across the same problem I had.

  4. Thank you so much, Tonya, for saying something. I definitely want to know if there is an error in my tutorial so I can fix it. Thanks again, and I am so glad you could use this tutorial!

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