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Have I ever mentioned how much I hate the word ‘sofa’? I also hate the words ‘swag’ and ‘sneakers’ in case you are wondering (Apparently, I hate words that start with an ‘s’).

Anyway, the point is there are tables which go behind couches and they are often called ‘sofa tables’, but since I just can’t call them that, I’m going with ‘behind-the-couch table.’ Just go with it.

My living room is long and skinny which makes arranging it interesting. I’ve found that a table behind the couch not only “shortens” the distance between the couch and the rest of the room, but it also gives me a place to display cool stuff. The one I found I wanted was from IKEA and it cost $170 (It is now discontinued). So since I couldn’t afford it at the time I created my very own behind-the-couch table!

I used empty tubs and boxes to create the “table” and then covered it in fabric.

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It was like this for almost a year before I gave it a makeover by adding another layer of tub lids to make it sturdier. I also changed the fabric to a clean white sheet.
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This version lasted another one and a half years. It was always on my to-do list to build or buy something more permanent, but the temporary version worked so nicely it wasn’t a major priority.

But the temp solution definitely wasn’t flawless. Of course, it all comes back to Bob. As you know, Bob sucks. He regularly sits on this “table” meaning it was starting to buckle under his weight. Last week, when he got particularly riled up about a cat/squirrel/mail person he knocked over one of my plants. Thankfully he didn’t break the planter but it looked like this:

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If this were a solid surface I could easily wipe off the dirt, but since it’s a sheet it requires removing all of the things, washing the sheet, and then putting back all of the things. And I’m super lazy. I’m so lazy that I would rather build a table than just wash the sheet. I guess maybe that doesn’t make me lazy, just weird.

So I just did it. I followed a few tutorials (this one and this one). Here is what I bought to make a 75″ long behind-the-couch table to fit behind an IKEA Karlstad couch:

2 – 23″ tall 12″ x 2″ boards

1- 75″ long 12″ x 2″ board

4 – corner braces, size 4″

1 – 15 quantity box of 1.5″ wood screws

4 – 3″ wood screws (I had these on hand)

Honestly the most difficult part of this whole thing was buying and having the lumber cut. It was stressful because I’ve never done it before. Also, loading and unloading the lumber to and from my car and then into my house was a little sweaty.

I connected the “legs” to the main board by using the corner braces. I pre-drilled the holes which made it really simple and fast.

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When I stood the table up (quite a bit more difficult than you would think) it was a bit wobbly. I decided I’d rather lose the smooth top surface for sturdiness, so I drilled four (two on each side) 3″ screws to further stabilize it. Since this step was unplanned, I just used what I had on hand. I was lucky enough to find 4 – 3″ screws but they unfortunately didn’t have a flat profile. Ah well, it wasn’t worth a trip to the store so I have no regrets.

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Next came my least favorite part, painting. I can’t seem to go a weekend without painting something. If I believed in purgatory, I’d venture to say it involved an endless painting project.

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As you can see, I’m so lazy, I didn’t even bother to paint the underside. Future Jasmin may be annoyed at this decision, but present Jasmin is very pleased with the choice.

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I am not the best at being patient so I should have sanded more, should have put on a second coat of primer, should have bought a clear sealer, should have should have should have blah blah blah. You should do all of those things. Do as I say, not as I do.

I tried my hardest to wait a full 48 hours so it would cure, but I only made it about 30 hours. Again, do as I say, not as I do. Seriously.

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A power strip and router are hiding under the table.

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Not bad if I do say so myself!! And the best part is it only cost me $41 and one afternoon. If you are nervous about building a simple piece of furniture like this here’s my public endorsement: You can do it!*

*As long as you have a power drill and a vehicle big enough to transport the wood. Oh, and $41.

Living Room Photographs

October 22, 2013 — 4 Comments

This is my living room as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Life is funny sometimes. I had a whole post written about my long term plan for my living room. I even taped out things so I could better show you how it would look and then, bam! Another piece of the puzzle came into place.

What I was going to tell you is that I want a second couch. I’ve been wanting one since the day I bought my first couch but at $599 I couldn’t afford two. So I’ve been waiting until I could save up enough money to get a second one.

Here is what I taped out to show you what it would look like:

I’ve been pretty vocal about my self imposed craigslist ban but I broke it on Friday. I did a quick search and found that someone was selling my exact couch in great condition for $300. Yep, that’s literally half the price of a new one! I emailed them right away and scheduled to pick it up on Sunday. So back to Friday, I had just found the couch I’ve wanted for a year for half the price and I didn’t have to make a 3 hour round trip drive to IKEA when I remembered the chair. Remember the red chair?
It may not be the most fashionable of chairs but dang it if it isn’t the most comfortable thing ever. My old roommate and I would fight over who got to sit in it!
But sadly, to make room for bigger and better things she had to go. I listed her on craigslist and sold it within 15 minutes! My fastest craigslist sell ever.
Fast forward to Sunday here is my new living room minus the red chair, plus my thrift shop ottoman, and plus a new-to-me couch:
I’m so happy! I just fell in love with my little house all over again. The best part is I saved $300 (not including what I made from selling the red chair and white glass coffee table which also sold really fast).
Now I can comfortably seat six people (two on each couch and two in the wing backs or eight if people want to get comfortable). And if I have a major rager more people can sit on the ottoman or bring in dining room chairs (I think I need to make more friends before that is going to be necessary). Also, not hating the ottoman fabric as much any more. Or maybe I’m just really starting to freak out about reupholstering it. I took the broken wheels off and so it now sits evenly and in pictures at least it looks good (in person it shows a lot of wear).
It was a busy busy craigslist weekend for me, but I’m very happy with the result!