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Make a functional sofa shelf

We have an L-shaped sofa in our basement family room.  It’s great for lounging and watching movies, but I hate that there isn’t a place to set drinks, remotes, and other items when relaxing (we have an ottoman and a 1 year old, so using a coffee table isn’t an option).

A solution I came up with is making a basic shelf that runs along the back of the couch.  It works great, is easy to make, and was super cheap!  It’s just deep enough to hold glasses without making the couch stick out.  Here’s how to do it yourself!

You’ll need:

  • A board that is the length of your sofa.  I went to Home Depot and picked out the least expensive 1″ thick by 6″ deep board.  They sold it by the foot, so I had them cut the exact length of my sofa.  Too easy!
  • Stain, polyurethane, and 2 foam brushes
  • Mounting L-brackets
  • Screws

1. Lightly sand the board to get rid of rough edges and the sharp ends from being cut.  Wipe off the board with a dry rag.

2. Apply a coat of stain.  To apply stain use a foam brush to evenly coat the wood.  Take a dry rag and gently wipe off excess stain and rub the rag across the whole board for even coloring. Depending on how deep you want the color, you may need to apply more than one coat of stain.

3. Once that dries apply a layer of polyurethane with a foam brush and leave until it’s dry.

4. Mount your brackets.  The width of your sofa will determine how many brackets you should use…. mine are spaced 3 feet apart, so I used a total of 4 brackets.  You can buy these from the ‘closet/home storage’ section of a home remodeling store (I got them at Home Depot).

 

I pulled the sofa out a few feet, so you can see how the shelf is attached to the wall.  The height of the shelf just meets the top of the sofa.

One Comment

  1. great idea!!