Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Easy DIY sofa tables



After having the same beige couch for what felt like forever ...



... we splurged during a Boxing Day sale and bought the grey sectional I’d wanted for ages.



We’ve spent the last few months without a coffee table, since our old one no longer fit in the space, and it left us . . . well, really lacking a place to put down a drink.

Tutorial for the farmhouse coffee table here

I still haven’t decided what kind of coffee table I’ll make for our living room, but there was no question that we needed some kind of table close to the sectional. Inspired by a modern slide-under-the-couch table I saw on Pinterest, I thought I’d try building my own version.



The materials list for this project is really basic: a couple of 2x2 boards and a small piece of wood to serve as a small tabletop. Since I had some scrap wood on hand, I was able to build two of these tables for about $15.

For tools, I used the RYOBI 7.25-inch miter saw and RYOBI drill-driver I got for my birthday.

My drill/driver!
My saw!

(Nerdy woodworking note: Remember how I once said 1x2 boards were my favourite and I was building everything out of them? Well, now I’m obsessed with 2x2s. They don’t split like 1x2s are prone to do, they’re stronger and they have a nice chunkiness to them.)

I made up the ‘plans’ as I went along, and there is almost no measuring required. I just cut down a 2x2 into eight short lengths (half approximately seven inches and half about nine inches) and screwed two ‘longs’ and two ‘shorts’ together to make two wooden squares.


Well, who knows if they were actually squares, but the edges lined up, so that’s all that matters ...

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12 comments:

Roberta Hibbert said...

LOVE This! ..great color combo with the grey couch.

Heather Laura Clarke said...

Thanks, Roberta!

Anonymous said...

This is fabulous. Well done and thanks for sharing the instructions.

Jim Blake said...

Nice project, I think I will do this with my boys ;-). By the way, I met Bill Mills in Calgary when he came out west for a visit at the March for Jesus. I believe he was the mayor of Truro. Don't hear much about the place but it was neat to see Turo on your wall.

Heather Laura Clarke said...

Thanks, Jim! Yes, Bill Mills is still our mayor actually. Small world!

Anne Marie McLaughlin said...

This is gorgeous. I just got the grey sectional I've been wanting as well. If you would have any interest in building and shipping two more just like this, I would gladly buy!

aceinlondon said...

Your table is excellent and just what my husband needs. I just need to persuade him to make one!
By the way, did you know that there is a Truro in Great Britain? It is in Cornwall, which is in the South West of England. It is the town where I was born. It is called a city because it has a cathedral but it is a medium sized town by English standards.

Jeannette Gravett said...

Very nice - and clever! Thanks.

Victoria Walters said...

OMG THAT COUCH! what brand is it? has it held up? (no fraying or pilling?)

Rachel Meador said...

I love the couch too! What brand?

Heather Laura Clarke said...

Thanks, Rachel! The grey sectional is Decor-Rest. We bought it at Leon's.

Heather Laura Clarke said...

The couch is fairly new, Victoria -- bought in late December -- but it's perfect so far. Very comfortable and we got it scotch-guarded so it's held up to red wine spills, even! It's Decor-Rest from Leons.