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Overview

A sofa arm table is a great addition if you're short on space or don't have a coffee table in your living area. It's easy to make and because it's not too big, you can easily pack it away at the end of the day.

Steps

1Measure the width and length of your sofa arm

Measure the width of the arm of your sofa so you can transfer that measurement to your timber. It needs to be snug, but not too tight, you don't want to damage your sofa. Next, measure the length, you can make it as long as you like.

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2Cut the timber to length

To make sure your piece of timber is square, dock the end using a drop saw. Then, using a combination square and tape measure, measure and mark your timber. Cut the 3 pieces to length, ours were 350mm long. Don't forget to wear your safety gear when using the drop saw.

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3Measure and mark for the lip

We want the table to have a lip at the top. So take the two side pieces, measure and mark a horizontal line 20mm down each side.

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4Assemble the first side and the tabletop

Apply a thin strip of glue along the long edge of the top piece and position it against a side piece. Clamp the side piece against your top piece of timber. Make sure it's parallel to the 20mm line. Using your combination square, pencil a small indicator line for nailing across the end of the side piece. Use a nail gun to fix the two pieces together using 3–4 nails. If the nail doesn't go all the way into the wood, use a hammer to tap it in.

DIY Step Image - D.I.Y. wooden sofa arm table . Blob storage upload.

5Attach the second side

Repeat the previous step to attach the second side. Wipe away any excess glue.

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6Putty and sand

Fill in the nail gun holes with putty. Let it dry and then sand it with the orbital sander.

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7Paint the sofa arm table

You can leave your sofa arm table natural but we spray painted ours, wiping off some of the paint so you can still see the texture of the wood. You can wipe away as much or as little as you like. Then let the paint dry.

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8Enjoy your new sofa arm table

Once the paint is dry, you can put your table in place. Then it's time to sit back and enjoy a cuppa on your homemade sofa arm table.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.