How To Build A Simple Wood Sofa Table is a beginner level project that can be done in a weekend, and is easy on the budget too!
For a long time I have wanted a sofa table for our family room. Matthew and I searched so many places and could not find one that was the right size, or that fit in our budget.
Our sofa is actually parts of a leather sectional pieced together so it is a lot longer than a regular sofa and the room is longer than it is wide, kind of like a bowling alley. We didn’t have many options for where to put the sofa in a room like that. Our family room is pretty good size, but the placement of the fireplace, wet bar, windows and door opening make it really hard to decorate and we didn’t spend a lot of time in here because it felt cold and uninviting.
One day visiting a link party, I saw a post by the super talented Suzy at Worthing Court that made me stop in my tracks. She had linked up a tutorial on a sofa table she had made and once I saw it, I knew this was it. My sweet husband Matthew was on board right away. The sofa table was pretty easy to make, let me show you how we made ours.
Here’s the list of what we used to make it:
3 pine boards, 2 x 4 x 8 and had them cut down at the store into 6 boards that are 42 inch pieces.
2 pine boards, 2 x 4 x 8
1 oak board, 10 x 1 x 10 and had it cut down to 8 ft 7 inches long (to fit our couch)
4 steel plates, 8 inches wide
4 steel L-brackets
small pkg of 2 inch deck screws (Matthew had these already in his tool box)
24 3/4-inch wood screws (to attach the plates and L-brackets)
1 small tin of wood stain and sealer ( I used black walnut)
small bottle of wood glue
4 round rubber feet
Lay all of your boards out and stain them first. Let the stain dry completely. From these lovely photos you can see we did this in our less than attractive basement, so I let the stain dry for about 3 days.
Then take three of the 42 inch boards, line them up and glue them together, side to side. Repeat with the remaining three 42 inch boards. Use clamps to hold the boards together for about 24 hours, until the glue dries.
Here are the other stained boards drying. There should be another 2 x 4 x 8 in this picture.I have no idea what happened to it that day.
These are the steel plates and L-brackets that we used. I painted them black so the silver metal would not stand out as much against the stained wood, but you don’t have to do that.
Ok, once the stain and glue are dry, apply the plates. Screw one on each end of the 42 inch boards. I guarantee that these boards will never come apart after you do this. Use the 3/4 inch wood screws.
Now, for the tricky part. remember those 2 eight foot pine boards? These are used as braces for the top and the legs. To attach them, mark the center of the plate (see the little white mark in the center of the plate), line up the edge of the 8 foot board with it, and using the deck screws, attach the brace by screwing in from the outside. It’s easier if you have 2 people, one to hold the side up straight and one to screw in.
This is actually upside down. The first wood brace is attached to support the top of the table. When you turn this over, the 2 inch wide side of the brace board will be facing up. These photos were taken as we put the sofa table together on the family room floor. The table is so long that I thought that put together, it might not fit up the basement stairs!
Go ahead and use the L-brackets to attach the top of the sofa table to the legs. Once that is done, attach the second brace (or stretcher) board, with the 4 inch side facing up. Still upside down, it will look like this photo.
Before turning the table right side up, attach 4 rubber feet to the bottom of the side. This will keep it from moving and protect your floors.
I’ll do a full tour of this room soon, so you can see it all put together!
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