Happy DIY Friday! This week, design expert Paige Hemmis stopped by Hallmark Channel's hit daytime talk show Home & Family to demonstrate how to make a back-of-couch table — the perfect addition to your family room! Check out the instructions — inspired by an AlwaysNeverDone.com project — below.
4 Staircase Spindles
Chopsaw, handsaw, or jigsaw (optional)
Nail gun or drill
2” nails or 2” screws
Medium-grit and fine-grit sandpapers
Wood filler or Spackle
Paint / Stain (color of choice)
(H&F Photo Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media Family Networks/Photographer: Jeremy Lee)
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.
Fill 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!
Home & Family airs weekdays at 10 am ET/PT on Hallmark Channel.