DIY Slide Under Sofa Table Easy Space Saving Solution + Storage

How to make a space saving DIY slide-under sofa table with remote shelf and magazine rack. Easy step by step beginners guide with photo directions.

Slide under sofa table DIY

After moving our living room furniture around things weren’t fitting quite right. We finally settled on using bar stools as end tables, but after a few months of having to chase them around the house, we had enough.

So we decided to make a pair of slide under sofa tables DIY style. Ones that were thin for the high traffic area, but also functional with a remote shelf and magazine rack.

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Materials may change slightly depending on the size of your sofa. Measure accordingly. Always practice safety when using power tools. This is our own DIY experience- Always seek professional advice.

HOW TO MAKE A DIY SLIDE UNDER SOFA TABLE

Materials

  • 2- 2″x4″x8′
  • 1- 1″x10″x6′ board
  • 1- 1″x5″x6′ board
  • 1- 1″x4″x6′ board
  • 8- 2 inch #10 wood screws
  • Finishing nails
  • Wood glue
  • Stain

Tools

  • Circular saw
  • Table saw
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Sander/Sandpaper
  • Stain brush
  • Measuring tape
  • Square
  • Saw horses
  • Clamps
  • Safety glasses

With these materials we made two slide under sofa tables with a 25 inch clearance for the armrest of our couch. The top and bottom are both 10″ x 14″ to give us enough room for coffee but also to allow us to use our armrest comfortably.

Slide under sofa table dimensions.

MEASURE AND CUT YOUR BOARDS TO LENGTH

  • 4- 10″ x 14″ (top and bottom)
  • 4- 2″x4″x 24 ¼” (side support)
  • 6- 1″x5″x 14″ (magazine rack and back of shelf)
  • 2- 1″x4″x 14″ (top support for magazine rack)
  • 2- 1″x4″x 11″ (remote shelf) (measure and cut a hair big for a snug fit)
Measuring and cutting each board to size with a circular saw.

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MAKE THE FRAME

Start from the base up. Pre drill your holes for the screws and finishing nails throughout the project to prevent splitting. Taking care not to pre drill too small or too large.

For this project we only used screws on the bottom of each table.

Holding drill bit up to screw to find an appropriate drill bit size.

Attach base to 2×4 side supports, 3/4 inch from the front. (Room for the front of the magazine rack)

Attaching 2x4 supports to 10x14 base.

SPACE FOR MAGAZINE RACK

Secure the front and back of the magazine rack, with the 5″x14″ board, using wood glue and clamps. We want to secure the top of the table before we drive in the finishing nails for the magazine rack.

Gorilla glue in foreground with clamps holding the base of magazine rack in background.

ATTACH THE TOP OF THE TABLE

Keeping everything in uniform, measure ¾ inch in from the front to match the bottom. Pre drill your holes and attach the top with wood glue and finishing nails.

Secure the magazine rack with finishing nails.

Securing magazine rack with finishing nails.

HOW TO MAKE THE REMOTE SHELF

Using the 5″x14″ board, attach the back of the remote shelf with wood glue and finishing nails.

Place 4″x11″ remote shelf inside and tap into place. Secure with finishing nails.

Measure to desired height and attach 4″x14″ board for the top of the magazine rack with finishing nails.

Two finished DIY slide under sofa tables ready to be stained.

SAND AND TYPE OF STAIN

Sand down the entire project with a medium grit sandpaper. Wipe clean before applying stain. Apply stain according to the recommended directions.

Used for this project:

  • Varathane Poly+Stain in the color Jacobean
Sanding the table before applying stain.
Using a poly+stain in the color Jacobean.

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SLIDE UNDER SOFA TABLE DIY – FINISHED PROJECT

These tables were exactly what we needed! We’re still able to reach the recliner button on the sofa, and the 10 inch wide top is perfect for allowing us to use the armrest without interference.

Space saving slide under sofa table.
Space saving end table with magazine rack and remote shelf.

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6 thoughts on “DIY Slide Under Sofa Table Easy Space Saving Solution + Storage”

  1. It’s exactly what I need, & love the petiteness (is that a word..haha) of it. I am an old lady getting into woodworking crafts & very new at this!!!!! Thanks again

  2. I know this is an older post, but I have a question. I want to make as a side bed table but don’t need the off set of the top & bottom pieces. Can I just center the legs on those pieces & it will still stand w/o falling over?. Thank you.

    1. PorchLightReading

      I’m happy to hear that you like our DIY side tables. I will look into this for the future. Thank you for the suggestion.

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