But the sofa isn't what this post is all about. No, it's about the behind the sofa table Brian and I made and we're in love with it. It's nothing special, and they're all over Pinterest, but the function it provides is so far unrivaled.
We put everything on that thing. Our wifi router is there, we hide the controllers back there for less clutter and if Cooper is playing, we'll put our drinks back there to save the coffee table. Here's how we did it:
First of all, we had to gather supplies, here's what we grabbed (some of these things we already had):
- 1 - 2x6x10
- 1 - 2x6x8
- 1 pack of small L-Brackets (like these)
- 1 pint of stain (color: Kona)
- 1 pint lacquer (satin)
- Kreg-Jig and associated screws
- Sand paper (we used a hand sander)
- Tack Cloth
- Saw (hand saw or circular saw)
We knew our new sofa was approximately 114-inches long, so we used a circular saw and cut the 10-foot board to 114-inches. Next, we thought that the height of the back of the couch would be around 38-inches (it wasn't delivered yet) and we guessed wrong. Regardless, we cut the 8-foot board into two 36-inch pieces. Two inches less than what we thought we wanted to account for the thickness of the table top (the 10-foot board).
Next, we took time to sand down each board, ends, tops, bottoms, and sides. This is a very important step. This is the time when you'll sand off any stamps that are on the boards and make sure that you won't get splinters if you touch the darn thing. The final step of sanding is to wipe down the board with tack cloth to get the excess sawdust off the board (this stuff freaks me out, it just feels gross).
My favorite tool of all time is the kreg-jig. If you're wondering what it does, here's a good video from Shanty 2 Chic. The next step is to use the Kreg-Jig and bore out the holes to connect the two boards.
At this point, it was getting dark and I was tired, so Brian took over staining and then varnishing the wood. Always use a rag to stain wood. It alleviates the chance of seeing brush strokes and gives the wood a more vintage look.
Unfortunately, I wasn't around to take pictures of the assembly or the installation, but essentially, Brian used the appropriate Kreg-Jig screws to assemble the table and then mounted it to the wall with the L-Brackets. Mounting the table to the wall isn't 100% necessary, but since we live in SoCal, the land of frequent shaking, if we can mount it to the wall, we do.