I am a picture person. I love personal photographs and use them to decorate every table, shelf, nook, cranny and crack. I overindulge in standing picture frames because I know there’s a photo lying around somewhere that I’ve been “meaning to frame”.
Now this wouldn’t be such a problem if I had more places to put them. My last home had built-ins everywhere, which offered tons of space for my plethora of photographs, but alas my new house offers none of these unique features.
For the past 3 months more than half of my framed photos have been tucked away in a closet, so this weekend I decided to remedy the problem once and for all by building this super simple table for behind my couch. Heck if I’m to be forced to have my couch up against a wall, I might as well make use of it.
What you need:
- (2) 2x8s
- (6) 3” construction screws
- Wood putty
Now this is just about as simple as you can get when it comes to building a table. I considered building a frame and using a brace, but since it’s sandwiched between a wall and a couch, it can be a little under-built and since most of the table is hidden, I didn’t need to make it pretty. So, I kept it simple.
My couch is 90 inches long and 35 inches high, so I wanted the table to be the exact height and about an inch longer of either side – 92x8x35 – the additional length comes from the legs being attached to the outside of the top.
- (1) 2×8 @ 90 inches
- (2) 2×8 @ 35 inches
Simply screw the legs into the top using (3) 3-inch screws on either side. Be sure to drill pilot holes, use a countersink bit, and always use wood glue.
Because this table is under-built, it’s even more important that the legs be level. Once I found level, I used bricks placed on either side of the leg to hold level while the wood glue dried.
Seal the holes using some wood putty and then sand the entire piece down before adding stain.
I used a Minwax ‘Weathered Oak’ stain – it’s my go-to fave for pretty much any raw wood project – and then let dry overnight.
And there you have it. 90×8 inches of pure photo magic!
I still have a small stack of frames that still need to find a home, but this is much, much, much BETTER!!