When your sofa is up against the wall, a narrow sofa table can add just the form and function you need to give your living room extra style. A narrow sofa table uses just enough space to take a blank wall or window and give it spice by adding lamps, candles, filled vases, plants and more!
If you live in a small space as I do, a narrow sofa table is perfect. It takes up very little space. However, the return on investment is huge when it comes to taking that little bit of space and adding a whole bunch of style. I made my easy narrow sofa table out of reclaimed fence boards. I’ve made other DIY projects using them like living wall planters and a rustic hat rack. However, you can use any type of boards to make your narrow sofa table.
The following step-by-step instructions include supplies to build a 66-inch x 5-inch x 29-inch narrow sofa table. You can adapt the measurements to fit the size and height of your sofa.
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- Reclaimed fence boards or boards of your choosing
- 2 x 4 board
- 1 1/2 inch wood screws
- Tack cloth
- Wood stain (optional)
- Polycrylic (optional)
- Measuring tape
- Palm sander or sanding sponge
- Drill with Phillips bit or screwdriver
- two boards 29 inches long and one board 66 inches long (or adjust to your dimensions)
- two pieces of the 2×4 board the same width as the above boards (see picture)
Wash & Dry
If you are using reclaimed fence boards or barn wood, wash it and allow it to completely dry.
Sand & Tack
Sand off any rough edges and then wipe off all of the dust with either a damp rack or tack cloth.
- On a flat surface, screw the top of one of the shorter boards to the 2×4 board using wood screws lining up evenly on the top and sides. Tip: to avoid splitting, you will want to pre-drill first
- Repeat with the other shorter board (these are going to be the “legs” of your narrow sofa table)
- Attach the longer board (the top of the narrow sofa table) to the legs placing your screws into the 2×4 board (not the leg board)
Stain & Seal
Because I whipped my narrow sofa table together quickly out of scrap boards, I skipped this step. If you sofa table is going to be seen from the sides in your room, or if you want a more finished look, add this step. Here is a picture of me sealing my living wall project.
- Apply stain according to the directions and allow it to completely dry
- Brush a coat of Polycrylic and allow it to completely dry
- Apply a second coat of Polycrylic
- Allow to completely dry
I want to let you know, this isn’t the sturdiest of sofa tables. If you have children, excited fur babies, or monkeys in your home you may want to opt for a sturdier tutorial. However, if you just need a little bit of a landing area behind your sofa is going to be smashing it up against the wall to help hold it there, then this narrow sofa table will do the trick!
Now that you’ve got the steps to build a narrow sofa table, what are you going to put on it to help add function and style to your living room? Also, I love connecting with you on Instagram. Snap a picture of your sofa table and tag me @urbancottageliving.
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