Mar 12, 2013

DIY Sofa Table

Tom & I wanted to get another project crossed off the list this past weekend, and we are still avoiding those kitchen cabinets. My new Easter deadline is approaching fast and I'll betcha a cookie we miss it.

So what to tackle that can be done in a weekend and make an impact? How about a console table for the sectional in the basement TV room?


I talked about this sofa when we bought it - it's a monster, but a comfy, cozy monster. We love that there is room for everyone, and then some.



But because of its size, when you're sitting in the middle there really isn't anywhere to put a plate or a glass that is easy to get to. We went back and forth on whether we had room for a sofa table as it would mean pulling the couch out further into the room, and it's not a very big room.

We estimated that we could go with an 8 inch wide table without encroaching too much on the necessary floor space. No one wants to have to squeeze past the couch to get into the room, right? An eight inch wide table isn't very much, but it's not like we're going to be putting big lamps or books on it - it's more for convenience than show.

We measured the length of the couch on each side  - 10 feet on one side, 8 on the other - wow! - and discussed how we wanted to support the table. We decided on two 2x2 legs at either end of a board plus one pair in the middle, for a total of 12 legs. Plus we added a length of 1x8 at each end for a nice finished look. The table is almost completely behind the couch so there was no need for shelves or fancy woodwork on the ends - no one is going to see it! Tom also decided to put 2x2 cross braces diagonally between each set of legs to keep them from bending in towards each other.


The build was pretty straight forward - each "arm" only took an hour or two.

Here is a tip to make lining up the cross pieces easier - use a piece of wood cut to the length you want, clamp it to the support leg, and use it as a jig so that your cross piece is at the exact same height on each leg.


While Tom built the second half, I started staining the first half. I tried out my cerusing skills again but I don't know, I'm still not getting the paint into the grooves made by the wire brush. I used Minwax stain in Jacobean, and a sample can of grey paint. I wonder if I'm watering it down too much. This time I scrubbed it really well with the steel wool after waxing it, and I can't believe how smooth it is! I love that I learn something new every time I refinish a piece.


Oh, and you see that piece of white plastic beside the paint cans? Yeah, I got in trouble for using it as a stir stick. Apparently the piece of what I thought was scrap plastic was actually a $5 piece of heat-shrink tubing. That you can only buy in $100 lots. And it was his last one. Sorry. (Said with a Canadian accent.)



Let's go back to admiring the table surface, shall we? Smoooovvvve.




Another thing that's always a pain in the butt with large couches is that electrical outlets end up behind the couch where you can't get to them easily. Tom came up with the idea to add an outlet to the table top, one on each side. They are just standard outlets like you'd have on your wall, built flush into the top of the table, with a cord to plug it into the wall outlet below. Clever, hunh? I swear I liked the idea so much it brought tears to my eyes. I like to use my laptop downstairs and I hate running the power cord across the room because I'm always afraid of the dogs tripping over it and yanking the laptop out of my hands. Now I can plug it in right behind me. And we can add a small lamp if we need to.

Update: I've posted a step-by-step tutorial here with instructions on building an outlet of your own.


The two ends of the table fit together in the corner with carriage bolts screwed in underneath. I forgot to take pictures of it, but you probably get the idea. A carriage bolt, a washer, and a wingnut walk into a bar, and the two parts are tight together. As you can see, I didn't worry about staining the whole piece because only the top and ends are visible.


Taking pictures of this thing in place isn't easy. And pay no mind to the staging, I just added some random objects so it wouldn't look so bare. We really like how it isn't obvious - the cushions are a little higher than the back of the couch so it's hidden - yet it's the perfect distance away for holding your drink.





All together it cost us less than $100 for wood, outlet parts, and screws/bolts - we already had the paint & stain - and about 6 hours work. Nice!

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68 comments:

Maddie Davis said...

Love this and the electrical outlet on Table top brillant!

Selene Galindo said...

You guys did an amazing job! I love the color and design of the table! Stopping by from reasons to skip the housework link party!
Selene @ restorationbeauty.com

Lauren said...

Really cool idea. So creative. I would love it if you would share this at my link party.

http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/tuesday-link-party-10.html

Linda Nortje said...

This is an excellent project! {I had to pin it- a plan is already forming in my head} And I must say those sofas do lot comfy :-) Thank you for linking this at the ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party!

Meredith @ unoriginalmom.com said...

Love this idea! The electrical outlet is genious! Pinning for someday when we have a finished basement...

Cathy C said...

Wow! So creative. LOVE it. Saw your post over @ Someday Crafts.

Christina @ PlayEatGrow.com said...

This is great! I'm always stacking stuff on the top of the couch and it slides down either the cushions or onto the floor. This is a great solution!

Karen said...

Linking up from Domesblissity. This is fabulous. I am impressed. It would take me more that 6 hours to make!!

Debbie said...

This is great. What a crafty partner you have there. I am going to show this to my husband in hopes of inspiration. Thanks for sharing..linking up from Boogie Board Cottage. You site is great. I am now a follower. You can follow me at my blog: One Day at a Time. http://lovinlife1dayatatime.blogspot.com. Thanks

Jessica @ The Junk Nest said...

This is a fabulous idea. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

Carrie said...

That's pretty awesome! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Nice to meet you! Thanks!

BarbSteadman said...

Well, I did have some help. Who knows how long it would take if I had to put it together myself! Thanks for stopping by!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks!

BarbSteadman said...

I've let Tom know that everyone loves his outlet idea! He's pretty proud.

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks, Linda!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Tom says thanks! :-)

Barb said...

Oh, wow! That is awesome! I just did a faux sofa table but just used a board and L brackets, lol! I love that you have an outlet right there.

Barb said...

Well that's just genius! It looks great, I never would have thought of something so skinny but I really like it!

Tania

Barb said...

You clever woman. For me the most ingenious part was that you thought to add the outlet. Thanks for sharing

Barb said...

Very nice, nice to be able to put a lamp behind on a long couch. Nice work andi

Barb said...

gorgeous table! Love the color you stained it :) Thanks for sharing at the weekly creative.


Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

Barb said...

Hey! I've featured you today on Make Something Mondays! Come by and check it out...and thank you for linking up!

~ Sarah

http://sarahndipities.indiemade.com/blog/make-something-monday-link-party-75

Barb said...

That looks great and the pics of the dogs are really cute!!

Thanks for sharing!

Stacey of Embracing Change

Barb said...

such a great use of space! Putting the plug on the top was genius!!! I host a Tuesday link party that I would love for you to join! www.nap-timecreations.com

Barb said...

I love this idea!!! I never would have thought of putting a table behind the couch like this...and the built-in electrical outlet makes it even better. Thanks for sharing.
Maria from Krafty Cards etc

Barb said...

Gidday Barb. I love this idea. I could do with a few of these made myself. I'm featuring this at tomorrow's Thriving on Thursdays. Thanks so much for linking up. xx

Barb said...

Very nice! I love it! I wish I had a place for one! Thanks for linking up last week on Made in a Day!

Kim

Barb said...

Love this Barb! I saw a shelf that another blogger used behind her sofa and I really wanted one! I showed the image to Frank and he didn't budge, Oh well, someday.

Barb said...

Great idea! Thank you for sharing at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

Barb said...

LOVE...LOVE...LOVE. Genius idea with the outlets too! (holly at 504 Main)

Barb said...

This is a great idea! I love that you put the outlet in the table. You are today's Dare to Share Feature of the Day.

http://www.pamspartyandpracticaltips.com/2013/03/diy-sofa-table-feature-of-day.html

Barb said...

That is such a great idea, wow! I wish my husband were more handy, I'd have him building me one tomorrow!

Bobbie S said...

So stinking cute and functional! Love it! Thanks for linking up the Check Me Out Saturday! I loved yours sofa table and featured it on Check ME Out Saturday Craft Link Party Highlights! http://iamonly1woman.blogspot.com/2013/03/check-me-out-saturday-craft-link.html

Barb said...

That is an absolutely genius idea! I love that you put an outlet on the table too. So, so smart! Thanks for linking up to our Pinteresting Link Party!

Barb said...

Just wondering if anyone has used this and had it last for a yr. or even
a few yr? Usually when u use latex paint over oil-based it won't stick
well enough to last very long. Hoping that's not the case with this product---that would be awesome!!

Barb said...

Thank you! I love that Tom thought of it - we've used it so many times already.

Barb said...

You could totally build it! I am lucky that Tom understands electrical so well though.

Barb said...

Thanks, Pam!

Barb said...

Thank you!

Barb said...

Thanks!

Barb said...

Aww, tell Frank it's easy! Is he worried about how much space it'll take up?

Barb said...

Thank you!

Barb said...

Thanks, Anne!

Barb said...

Thanks, Maria!

Barb said...

Thanks, Emily!

Barb said...

Thank you!

Barb said...

Thanks, Sarah!

Barb said...

Thank you!

Barb said...

Thanks!

Barb said...

Thank you!

Barb said...

I can't take the credit for that, but I'm definitely enjoying having it! Thanks for stopping by!

Barb said...

This microfiber couch is extremely comfortable. This is my first (nicer) couch so I was careful in my selection. It comes in 3-4 big boxes and assembly takes about 30-40 minutes, and is very easy. I've only used the couch by myself (150lbs), so I can't say how larger people or multiple people would feel on it. So far though it's very comfortable sectional sofa

Barb said...

Thanks so much, Meredith!

Barb said...

I absolutely Love this couch, I have a small apartment and it fit perfectly in my space. The quality was better than what I expected. The Pillows were very trendy even though I did not use them, I keep them in storage to switch them up. The ottoman is so useful. My daughter and I cuddle up every night and watch cartoons. It absolutely makes my apartment look so Chic. I couldn't have asked for a better couch for this price.! The Shipping process was a little fiasco but it was worth it. I definitely Recommend this small sofa

Barb said...

Absolutely love this! I'm curious how you converted the wall outlets into plugins?

Barb said...

My husband did that - I'll get some details from him and write back.

Jocelyn said...

fantastic and looks wonderful!

Barb said...

Thank you!

Barb said...

I LOVE this. Hoping when we have a finished basement (someday!) that my hubby will make this for us. I've featured it on my blog, check it out! http://www.unoriginalmom.com/original-fridays-1/

Barb said...

I would love to know how you did the outlets as well!! I must do this!!

Barb said...

Very lovely DIY Sofa Table. I love to see your all sofa. these all are really amazing

electric couch

Barb @ Turtles and Tails said...

DIY Sofa Table is looking so beautiful. http://www.leathersofaland.com

Barb @ Turtles and Tails said...

The electrical outlet as shown is not grounded. The idea is fine, however the cord and plug should be one with a ground cable. Standard romex wire with a three-prong plug, instead of the two, would be preferred.

Barb @ Turtles and Tails said...

This is the most amazing thing ever. I cannot get over how brilliant an idea this is.

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