Looking for a solution for a surface behind your sofa? Need a place to put drinks, remotes, a lamp or more? Using off-the-shelf lumber I built this simple sofa table and I’m sharing the free plans down below.
A DIY tutorial to build a simple sofa table. An easy solution for behind the sofa using off the shelf lumber and my free plans here.
Truth be told this sofa table lives between my sofa and the wall creating the perfect ledge to place all the things. But having it there does not make for pretty pictures so that’s why it’s out on the patio in all these photos. Maybe one day soon I try to get a good photo behind the sofa.
The long flat surface is a great spot for drinks, books, tissue box, lamps and more. It will work behind any sofa just be sure to take note of the height and adjust according to your sofa back height. And for more storage and displace space you could easily add a bottom shelf across the cross supports.
- perfect hard surface
- creates a ledge
- keep remotes, phones, books, etc safe
This sofa table stands at 33 1/2″ high which is just perfect for behind our sofa. Please be sure to measure the height of your sofa and adjust the legs 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 & pencil
- 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 on the bottom where no one will see. Also you may need a right angle drill for the bottom pocket 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. This clamp keeps the boards tight and snug while screwing in the screws. And it 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. Then 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.
Thanks for joining me for this sofa table project. Please leave any questions in the comments below and be sure to follow me on social media for sneak peeks, tools and project inspiration:
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