Paige’s DIY Back-of-Couch Table
- 4 Staircase Spindles
- 1 1x8
- 1 2x4
- Chopsaw, handsaw, or jigsaw (optional)
- Nail gun or drill
- 2” nails or 2” screws
- Wood glue
- Medium-grit and fine-grit sandpapers
- Wood filler or Spackle
- Paint / Stain (color of choice)
- You’ll need 4 staircase spindles for the legs, one 1x8 and one 2x4 for the tabletop.
- We want to make the table thin enough to not take up too much room behind the couch. Traditional table legs would be too thick. Also, regular table legs are about $25 each whereas the staircase spindles are $4 each. With the 1x8 being $4 and the 2x4 being $3, we’re looking at a DIY table for the low price of $15.
- Repurpose old spindles or buy them at hardware stores. You can find all of the wood at hardware stores, too.
- Use whatever wood you like; I suggest furniture pine. Furniture pine is sturdy, affordable, lightweight and easy to work with.
- Measurements of the wood depend on the height and length of your couch. Cut the wood with whatever wood cutting tool you are comfortable using. That could be a table saw, jigsaw, handsaw; you can even have the hardware store cut the wood to your specifications for you.
- Cut your 1x8 to the length of your couch. Cut your 2x4 4-inches shorter than your 1x8.
- Your 2x4 beam will be centered on your 1x8. Mark approximately 2-inches in from the edge and all the way around the 1x8. This will give you’re your placement for your 2x4 support beam.
- Run a bead of wood glue along the length of the 2x4 and following your guide marks, place the 2x4 glue-side down, centered on the 1x8.
- Secure the 2x4 to the 1x8 with nails or screws.
- You want the top of your table to be flush with the top of the couch, so you may have to adjust the height of the spindles. Attach a spindle to your 1x8 against the outside edge of the 2x4 with glue. Again, secure with nails or screws. Repeat for all four legs.
- 1Fill the holes in with wood filler or Spackle and sand down the table with medium grit sandpaper to get rid of any rough edges. Then use a fine-grain grit to finish it. Then you can paint it or stain it any color you like to match your décor.
- Place the table behind the couch and enjoy for years to come!
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