Looking for a solution for a surface behind your sofa? Using off-the-shelf lumber I built this simple sofa table and I’m sharing the free plans down below.
You may be wondering why this sofa table is on the patio and not actually behind a sofa. That’s because once I place it behind the sofa you won’t be able to see the full beauty and simplicity of this project so it’s only on the patio for photos and now lives behind our sofa.
The long flat surface is a great spot for drinks, books and lamps behind any sofa. And you could easily add a bottom shelf if you wanted increased surface area for storage.
This sofa table stands at 33 1/2″ high which is just perfect for behind our sofa. Be sure to measure the height of your sofa and adjust the leg accordingly.
I’m sharing the free plans down below, it’s only five simple steps to constructing this large sofa table. Be sure to read through my tips down below before you begin.
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- 4 – 2x2x6 select pine boards
- 2 – 2x2x8 select pine boards
- 1 – 2x8x12 fir board
- miter saw
- pocket hole jig
- measuring tape & pencile
- drill & drill bits
- pocket hole right angle clamp
- wood glue
- 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws
- 2 1/2″ wood screws
The trick to keeping the pocket holes hidden is to place them strategically on the side of the board that won’t be seen. When constructing the side panels keep the pocket holes on top which will be covered by the top boards and at bottom where no one will see. Also you may need a right angle drill for the bottom holes if that 10″ span is too tight for your regular drill.
If you’re like me and work alone I highly suggest investing in a pocket hole right angle clamp to act as your third hand in keeping the boards tight and snug while attaching. This allows you to securely attach the board using the second pocket hole.
To finish this piece I used DecoArt satin enamel in grey taupe on the base then sanded to distress. I applied Minwax early american stain on the top and the distressed portion of the base. Then sealed everything with Varathane triple thick semi-gloss polyurethane.
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