DIY Home Decor

DIY: Behind The Sofa Table

September 26, 2013

When we bought this house, it came with a large room downstairs that we decided would be perfect to fill with a big couch and make a ‘movie room’ for cold, dark winter nights.

The only problem with such a big couch was where to put our beverages? We have two big dogs who love to cuddle with us, and we needed a place to put snacks, drinks, and tv remotes where they wouldn’t get spilled or lost between cushions.

So Pinterest to the rescue! We saw a cool behind the couch table, and decided to put our own spin on it.

IMG_3580Yay, we finished our second DIY project up here in Alaska! This time, we were building a table for behind our sofa.



We immediately sketched out what we wanted it to look like, and measured for boards.



After ensuring it was the correct fit, it was time for staining. We picked a rich walnut colour to blend with the couch a bit.

IMG_3566Once staining was done, Matt added some perfect touches to the table. He added holes to where we could loop in things that plug. This is great so we can add a lamp behind the table (the room gets pitch black), and also plug in our phones/laptops when we’re downstairs. He drilled 2.5″ holes, and bought cord covers that you use to manage the cables on your desk.

IMG_3570We also added felt bumpers to the part of the wood that would be next to the wall, to prevent marking up the walls.


Once the stain dried, it was time to position the tables behind the couch. We took apart the sofa, and did a deep clean on the floor before putting things in.

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Then we were able to pull the couch in. Overall, I think it looks awesome!

IMG_3579 IMG_3580We’ve now got a spot to add some lighting, keep the remotes, put down beverages, and show off some pictures!

Overall, the project was super easy. We used big flat pieces (2×6 boards) to prevent things from falling into cracks. (also, much more affordable).



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  • Reply Matt S. September 26, 2013 at 10:38

    You are trying to make me look bad, you made like 5 cuts and then went to play with the dogs…

  • Reply G-Mac September 26, 2013 at 11:20

    This is one of my favorite posts so far. DIY Stewart’s are my favorite to read about.

    As far as decorations for on top of the table, how about a fantasy football trophy?

  • Reply Nancy September 26, 2013 at 16:23

    That is a really cool table. I am very interested to see what you will put on your wall. Now that we have our theatre-seating unit, I need to work on the picture wall behind it.

  • Reply Jess September 27, 2013 at 05:14

    Ahh! This same project is on our list. We have a coffee table but let’s face it, we’re lazy and sometimes the table is just too far away. [Confession: this project has been on our list since we moved in (March) and we haven’t even bought the lumber yet…whoops.]

    I think either a huge piece of art or a gallery wall would look awesome on that wall!

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  • Reply hopie October 16, 2014 at 06:24

    I tried making this table but I’m having a problem wtih the base molding and the back of the couch not being completely straight. I can kind of see where you made a slight cut at the bottom of the wood that rests against the base molding in order for it to fit flush. Is this what you did? Any types on how to do this and keep the sofa table straight so its sturdy? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • Reply Emily Stewart January 26, 2015 at 08:24


      So what we did to make ours flush was a short cut the height and width of our baseboard. We used a simple handsaw for this part, but a dremel would have made it so much easier!


      Ours is kept sturdy because it is between the couch and the wall, and we custom built it for an exact fit. Another way to stabilize would be a cross-beam added to the back, from the left upper corner to the right lower. You can use something as thin as a 1×4 for a great cross beam!


  • Reply William Russell Howard January 25, 2015 at 18:31

    Hi… this has been added to my honey-do list. Nice idea… my question is what dimensional lumber did you use where ? looks like 2×4 for the leg, 1×6 for the top and end facia ? what did you use between 2×4’s.
    Thanks again, awesome site

    • Reply Emily Stewart January 26, 2015 at 08:20

      Hi Bill!

      We used 2×4 for the legs, yes. For the top and end, we based it on how big of a space we needed to fill. For example, our couch left us with 10″ of space on the sides, so we used one 1×6 on one side, and one 1×4 on the other side so we had no gaps. For the back side, we did a 1×6 since we weren’t limited on how far forward we wanted the couch to go.

      To stablize between the 2x4s, we did a base at the bottom. You can also add one crossing board from the Left Upper corner to the Right Lower corner for more stability. Since ours is supported between a wall and a couch, we didn’t need to utilize a cross-board.

      Hope this helps! And I’d love to see a photo when you’re finished!
      – Emily

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