I'm really into sofa back tables. Especially if your home has an open concept, meaning that multiple rooms are open to each other with no definite separation, I think a sofa back table is a must. It can accomplish three major things:
1. Creates a sense of separation.
2. Covers up the not so attractive back side of a sofa.
3. Can be used as another landing to style out with accessories and lamps.
I recently completed a job where the clients hired me to help them point their condo in the right direction with accent pieces and accessories. The layout of their condo was definitely an open concept and immediately I knew that a sofa back table would help separate their living and dining space. I had the idea to create a sofa back table out of the same materials that I used to build our industrial shelves.
Here are my supplies for the legs:
Everything was purchased at Lowes, but I'm sure these supplies can be found at any major hardware store.
You will need four (4) of each piece in order to build both sets of legs. (not show is the cap that was used to finish off the bottom of the leg)
You will need to adjust the length of the legs according to the height of your sofa. The sofa that I was working with was 29" high, so I wanted to sofa back table to measure 26" finished height. It is typical for a sofa back table to be about 2-3" shorter than the back of a sofa. Make sure to add in the thickness of your wood when you are figuring out the long to get your pipe for the legs.
The sofa was 9' in length, so I had bought a nice piece of redwood that measured 2" x 12" x 6' long. I sanded the wood with 120 sandpaper, then 220 sandpaper to finish it off. I didn't paint it with any color, stain or sealers. For this particular job I wanted to keep it raw.
I assembled the legs, screwed them to the bottom of the wood top, and painted them a flat black.
The trickiest part is making sure the legs are in a straight line and the same length.
Here it is installed in my clients living room. Pretty sweet if you ask me!