Tuesday, September 17, 2013

DIY Industrial Sofa Back Table

 
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!
 




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22 comments:

  1. I would love to make something like this for my entryway! Can you give me an idea of how much this cost to make?

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    1. It's actually pretty easy and I loved the way it turned out! I think this cost about $70, which allowed me to purchase a really thick, nice piece of redwood, which costs a little more. Good luck!

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    2. Where did you get the thick redwood from?

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    3. Bryan,

      I purchased the redwood at Lowes. Happy DIYing!

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  2. Love this! How did you paint the metal? Did you have to prime it? Did you spray paint it or brush it on?

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    1. Thanks! We primed and painted it with spray primer and paint. I used Rustoleum primer and a flat black paint. I think the matte look is better than a glossy paint. Hope that helps!

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  3. Were you able to buy pre-threaded pipe or did you thread it yourself? This is such a great look!

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    1. Hi!

      The pipes I purchased were already threaded. But, I did put together an industrial shelving unit that I had to have the pipes cut and threaded (they offer that as a free service in the piping department at Home Depot and Lowes). Hope this helps!

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  4. Great project! What was the finished height of the table? Also, I love the stools you placed with the table. Where did you find those?

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    1. Hi Katie!

      The sofa that I was working with was 29" high, and the sofa back table measured at 26" finished height. Here is the link to the x-ottoman:
      http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008GGZJJC/ref=twister_B00J8XXP4I

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  5. Thanks for posting this. Do you have any suggestions of where to find wood like that?

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  6. Where did you get the caps for the bottom of the legs? are they also metal?

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    1. Hi Ganyonglee

      The cap can also be purchased in the plumbing section of any big box home improvement store (Lowes, Home Depot). And yes, they are also metal.

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  7. Hello!

    I was just wondering how sturdy this was? Could a flat screen tv be placed on it?

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    1. Weight-wise, yes. The sturdiness factor depends on the circumstances in your home. Is the floor even, Do you have kids/animals, that sort of thing. This table can certainly be built to (for the most part) prevent tipping. A wider base will help, as will a lower center of gravity (shorter table). Hope this helps!

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  8. What kind of screws did you use to fasten the pipes to the wood? Doing it this weekend, looks great

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    1. Hi Ezequiel,

      I believe we used 2" wood screws that you can purchase at any Home Depot/Lowes. I don't know the exact brand since it was a while ago that I did this project. Hope this helps! Good luck!

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  9. I see this was a year ago since you did this so hopefully your still looking in. After you painted the pipes did you finish it with any type of polyurethane. What keeps the paint from scratching off the pipes?

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  12. Great job on the sofa table!! I was actually wondering where you got those cushion chairs!! Thank you!!

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