I am so excited to share this DIY sofa table tutorial with you! A few months ago, we got three large pieces of this awesome, old, chippy wood from my grandma’s neighbor and ever since we brought it home, every time I saw it in the garage I had this vision of it being a table behind our sectional sofa…
So, Chris was kind enough to spend about two hours building it for me and I’ve decided it’s worth showing you all how to make it, because seriously, it was super easy and cost us $0 to build – that’s right, FREE! We were given the chippy wood and the rest of the materials were basics we had on hand. Who doesn’t love a free piece of furniture in just 2 hours?! And, even if you don’t have boards of old wood lying around, this table could likely be built for $40 or less. Now, get building and have fun!
DIY Sofa Table Tutorial
- Two 1x12x10′ common boards
- Four 1x3x10′ common boards
- Wood Glue
- Nail Gun and Nails
Start by measuring the height and width of the back of your sofa so you know the dimensions of your table.
Then, cut the top of top of your table out of one of the 1×12 boards at the same length as the width of your sofa. We chose to miter cut our ends because we didn’t want the cut end of the top or sides to show, but if you’re using new wood and staining or painting it, you could do a straight butt-joint and it would be much simpler. Our boards were too wide for our chop saw, so Chris set up a guide and cut each end with his skill saw.
Next, cut each of your sides at the same height as your sofa.
Once you have the top and sides cut, you’ll want to build your internal structure. This is a “skirt” design like most dining tables use and it’s comprised of a 1×3 rectangle with center supports that gives the table stability. Here’s a drawing of our table from below and the side with the black being the chippy wood and the red being the 1×3 structure:
Cut each long 1×3 board at the inner length of the top (likely length minus two side board thicknesses) and your 5 cross supports at the inner length for the support (likely your top depth minus the two skirt insets (ours were 1″ back), two skirt thicknesses and two support thicknesses).
To assemble, lay out your inner support rectangle with the three middle supports and nail them all together with your nail gun.
Next, set your top board on top of the support structure and nail it into it from the top.
Then, you’ll want to apply glue to the miter cuts and nail the sides on.
Lastly, cut your skirt pieces (to install on the sides to hide your support structure) and nail them into the support structure from the side.
That’s it! Your beautiful, custom built sofa table is ready to install and decorate (which is the best part, am I right?!) 😉
Here’s how ours looks in the family room:
I love that having this sofa table enables me to decorate behind the sectional. That wall seemed so bare before, and I also love having the lamps there instead of on the piano. There’s something fantastic about being able to see the entire window mirror grouping above the piano. 🙂
Well, there you have it, our newest piece of DIY furniture that cost $0 to build and adds TONS of style!
Let me know how your sofa tables turn out – ok? 🙂
Have a wonderful rest of the week and let me know if you have any questions!
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