DIY Skinny Sofa Table

DIY Skinny Sofa Table

See the updated look of this table here: DIY Skinny Sofa Table Redo

 

I've never been the type to like the look of a coffee table in a living room. So often they end up with clutter, or they turn into a footrest. After we adopted Sam Witwicky, we were no longer able to leave cups on the ground by the sofa. He's a curious guy and some times his waggy tail would accidentally knock over a glass. Sam isn't the only reason we decided to build this DIY Skinny Sofa Table though. We installed engineered hardwood floors and every time someone sat on the sofa, it would scoot back a bit from being on the smooth floor. This Skinny Sofa Table also allowed me put out a few of the owls I started collecting. Wink

DIY Skinny Sofa Table
This DIY Skinny Sofa Table allows just enough room for a cup or the remote for the TV. I plan on decking it out for the holidays as well! More space for me to (tastefully) decorate! 

During the construction of this DIY Skinny Sofa Table, we took some pictures to walk you through how to make it. Because everyone's sofa is a different size, I'm not going to be giving measurements. You can make this as tall or wide as need be. It's not really meant to hold a lot of weight though, so keep that in mind. You do not need advanced carpenty skills to make this DIY Skinny Sofa Table. Just a tape measure, nail gun or hammer and nails, wood glus, an angle clamp if you have one, a plexi-glass cutter if you decide to go with the plexi-glass top, and paint. 

DIY Skinny Sofa Table

We used pine boards which ended up only being fairly inexpensive even though we used the quality grade lumber. This handy angle clamp sure makes it easy to align the 90 degree angles. My husband simply glued the pieces together, then used a nail gun to attach. 

 

DIY Skinny Sofa Table

He made a "box" first, then added the supports in the middle. We decided to have a plexiglass inlay because I eventally want to add a light feature from underneath. I considered having the top plain wood, but went with the plexiglass instead. He added some supports to just slightly below the top of the side pieces to support the plexiglass. The image above, on the right side, is looking at it upside down. 

DIY Skinny Sofa Table

Be sure to fill your nail holes with wood filler, and then sand down to give the table a nice finished look. The image above on the right is the finished piece before I painted it. As you can see, we didn't bother with angle supports because the table is going to be smooshed between the wall and couch. So not only is it not going anywhere, but I don't plan on putting anything heavy on it. 

I decided to paint our Skinny Sofa Table with black chalkboard paint and spray the plexi-glass with a frost spray paint. I don't plan on using chalk on it, but I really like the matte look of chalkboard paint. 

DIY Skinny Sofa Table

Here is our Skinny Sofa Table after it was painted. I wasn't happy with it though. It almost looked too modern for me. I rememebered seeing some great swirly scrapbook stickers at Hobby Lobby so for an extra $4, I added the stickers, and I am much happier with it now! 

DIY Skinny Sofa Table

The entire table ended up costing less than $30 which makes it super affordable for something I know we will get lots of use out of. Eventually I plan on adding a light feature by attaching some rope light to the underside. I'll wait until the LED ones go on sale though! 

 
1.0   Ann
11/6/2013 10:17:07 PM
I am honestly loving all of your DIY posts! I do not have a creative bone in my body, but you make it look easy enough to do. Thanks for taking the time to do these posts. They really are inspirational!
2.0   Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
11/10/2013 8:46:51 PM
Oh my goodness. You did a fabulous job. I love the black and white decor and the owls are ADORABLE. Thanks so much for sharing and linking up to Thrifty Thursday.
3.0   Tabitha
11/15/2013 11:05:53 AM
YES! I totally need one of these--thanks for sharing!
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