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 Iโ€™d wanted for ages.


Weโ€™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 havenโ€™t decided what kind of coffee table Iโ€™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 Iโ€™d try building my own version.

The materials list for this project is really basic: a couple of 2×2 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 sawย and RYOBI drill-driver I got for my birthday.

My drill/driver!
My saw!

(Nerdy woodworking note: Remember how I once said 1×2 boards were my favourite and I was building everything out of them? Well, now Iโ€™m obsessed with 2x2s. They donโ€™t split like 1x2s are prone to do, theyโ€™re stronger and they have a nice chunkiness to them.)

I made up the โ€˜plansโ€™ as I went along, and there is almost no measuring required. I just cut down a 2×2 into eight short lengths (half approximately seven inches and half about nine inches) and screwed two โ€˜longsโ€™ and two โ€˜shortsโ€™ together to make two wooden squares.

Well, who knows if they were actually squares, but the edges lined up, so thatโ€™s all that matters …

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16 Comments on “Easy DIY sofa tables

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. I love these so beautiful! What is the measurement for the top board?

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  8. Ik ook.graag dat tafeltje laten maken door mijn kleinzoon .
    Is jammer nu op vakantie naar zee.
    Maar goedwat in het vat zit verzuurt niet zullen maar denken .
    Bedankt .

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