Creating a simple aquarium coffee table can be a good idea to try. It gains unique interior furniture with its additional decorative purpose. You will get amazing interior design on your living room with the nature nuance on its appearance. Of course, it brings different room situation on there.
Imagine the fresh look in your living room when this DIY coffee table is placed there. Before you start, you need to prepare several items as the preparation. It’s easy to get and you can prepare it immediately. The items that you need to prepare are including:
- Black Foam Board
- 24-inches Fluorescent Fixture (2)
- 20 Gallon Long Tank
- Light Timer
- Power Strip
- 1-inch Chair End Caps (4 pack) (2)
- 100W Heater
- 36-inches x 14-inches Wire Shelving Unit
- 20G Internal Filter
- 2 Prong, 3 Way Power Splitter
- Glass Table Top
- Glass Vase Marbles / Beads – 12 Oz (10)
- Bolt Cutter
- Zip Ties
Step 1: Start assembling the bottom part of aquarium
The first step that you can do is by making wire-shelving unit at the bottom of the aquarium. You need to get 36” x 14” wire shelving unit as the bracket for the bottom part of aquarium. Measure the proper height for the base of this wire shelving. The height of this base should compact enough that you can put the lighting fixtures and power strip on there.
Step 2: Get the lighting fixture and power strip
The next step is about adding the lighting fixture and power strip under the wire-shelving unit. The 24-inches fluorescent fixture is a proper size for previous wire shelving unit size. Put two pieces of this fluorescent fixture by following its width. Put the power strip next to this fixture. Connect the power splitter to this fluorescent fixture and plug power socket to power strip. It’s easy to be done.
Step 3: Put the aquarium inside
It’s time to get the aquarium. You can add the aquarium with proper size based on wire-shelving unit dimension. Make sure it fits properly on there. This step is actually easy. One of good aquarium size recommendations is a 20-gallon long tank. It fits perfectly on this wire-shelving design.
Step 4: Stabilize your shelving design
After you put the aquarium inside the wire-shelving unit, now you can remove the internal shelf area of this shelving unit. It helps to make a good stabilization of the aquarium unit. Removing this part is easier by using bolt cutter.
Step 5: Decorate the aquarium
This is the fun step that you can do. Now you can start decorating your aquarium. You can fill the tank by using the proper capacity (10-gallon is recommended). Before you start decorating the aquarium, make sure you have put this aquarium coffee table in a good position. It will little bit harder to move after you fill 10-gallon water inside the aquarium. Test the lighting fixtures and water filter for electricity support. Now you can start making aquarium scape on there. Don’t forget the put the space between aquarium and top-shelving for airflow.
Step 6: Finish it by adding the top glass
The last step is by adding the top glass for your aquarium unit. Adding some rubber cap will be a good choice for the glass fixation. You can easily remove this glass unit whenever you want to clean the aquarium.