Good sofa table plans can provide you with the inspiration, and more importantly the directions, you need for creating a unique, functional piece of furniture that will add a touch of style to any living room.
A sofa table is the perfect complement to any open floor plan where the back of the sofa is away from the wall. This type of table is usually placed directly behind the sofa, providing an ideal display area for pictures, a table lamp or other decorative keepsakes. If you have the time and the tools, you can build a rustic sofa table from start to finish that will allow you to display your keepsakes, pictures, and more behind the sofa.
Tools and Materials
Before you buy the lumber for your sofa table plans, you should first determine what size table you're going to need to suit your sofa. For the purpose of this article, the table's top is going to be 16" x 48", so the lumber listed below is appropriate for this particular job.
- Drill with drill bits
- #10 Nails, 3"
- Circular saw
- Table saw
- Miter saw
- Measuring tape
- (2) 1x8 boards, 48"
- (2) 1x4 boards, 44"
- (3) 1x4 boards, 10 ½"
- (4) 2x4 boards, 29"
- Paint or stain
How to Build a Sofa Table
Building the Frame
Since the table's top is going to be 16" x 48", the frame should be two inches smaller all the way around. Lay the two 1x8 boards side by side on a flat surface. The side facing you will be the underneath side of the tabletop.
Take the two 44" lengths of 1x4 board and place them along the sides of the tabletop, two inches in from the edge. Next, take the three 10 ½" lengths of 1x4 board and place one at each end between the two 44" lengths and the third piece in the middle of the frame.
Use the drill and a thin drill bit to pre-drill holes in the lumber so it doesn't crack when you nail the frame together. Pre-drill two holes through the lumber at each joint and then hammer two nails through the holes to secure the frame.
Securing the Tabletop to the Frame
Remove the two 48" boards that make up the tabletop and set the frame on the flat working surface. Place the tabletop boards on top of the frame and check to make sure the frame is equidistant from the tabletop's edge all the way around.
Measure two and a half inches in from the edge of the tabletop and pre-drill your nail holes. Once done, drive nails through the tabletop and into the frame to secure the pieces together.
Adding the Table Legs
Flip the tabletop over so the frame is once again facing upward. Place one 2x4 board vertically on the inside of one of the frame corners and pre-drill your nail holes. Hammer in your nails to secure the table leg in place. Do this for the remaining three table legs.
Finishing the Sofa Table
Stand the table up on its legs and check that it sits level. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure that it doesn't rock and that all four legs are solidly on the ground. Your sofa table is now ready to be finished. Because this type of sofa table plan is for more of a rustic-looking table, you may want to add some character to it by scuffing up the surface of the wood. This will give it the appearance of an older family heirloom.
To accomplish this look, you can use anything you want to add dings, dents, scratches and nicks to the wood. You can hit it with a hammer, scratch it with a knife or scrape it with a tool from the garden shed. On the plus side, besides giving your table a very chic look, marring the table will help get out some of your pent-up aggression if you have any!
All that's left to do now is paint or stain your sofa table to your liking, wait for it to dry and then add it to your living room's décor.
Additional Resources for Sofa Table Plans
- PlansNow.com - PlansNow.com is a website hosted by Woodsmith and ShopNotes magazines. Membership benefits include an e-newsletter, up to 20 plans at a discount price, and a choice of books from Woodsmith magazine.
- TableIt.com - This informative website provides a wide variety of table plans that are easy to understand and simple to build. Their furniture plans come with step-by-step instructions and detailed drawings.
- Fine Woodworking Magazine - Fine Woodworking is one of the industry's finest publications, and their site includes a plethora of ideas, tips, designs, tool guides, material resources, a gallery, and a community page. With membership you can access many sofa table plans, including a gorgeous Arts and Crafts design that includes a steel stretcher system, quarter-sawn legs, and breadboard ends. The plan includes step-by-step explanation of the building process and detailed project plans, as well as information on how to find the steel stretchers.