How to Build a Sofa Table:  The Easy Way

How to Build a Sofa Table: The Easy Way




Did you wonder what I found on the 400 mile yard sale?

It wasn’t deer antlers.


I was hoping find some and paint them orange.

Maybe next time.

But I found something I wasn’t even looking for.

A sofa table.

Well… wasn’t a sofa table at first.


It started life… this.

A wobbly, scratched up, neglected coffee table.

And some cast-off legs.

Purchase for a grand total of……$14.03.

Around mile 398.


Here’s the after.

I adore it.


It’s a little Brady Bunch sprinkled with a teaspoon of Downton Abbey.

Want to make your own?

Here’s a little step-by-step.


How to Build a Sofa Table

(the easy way)

3M TEKK Protection Safety Glasses


a coffee table

a pair of table legs from another table


3M TEKK Protection Safety Glasses

miter saw


gray paint


Step 1:  Remove coffee table legs

This was really easy to do with this coffee table

All we had to do was unscrew the board the legs were attached to.


Each board was attached to the edge of the table with two screws.

We simply unscrewed these from the edge and detattched the legs.

Then we unscrewed the legs from the board.


Step 2:  Deconstruct the extra set of table legs

We started by unscrewing the board from the top.


Then we sawed off the leg from the top.

We… in this handsome carpenter.

Doesn’t he look so cute.


I made him pose wearing his safety glasses.

And winked at him after I took the picture.


Here’s a close-up to show you where we removed the legs.

The goal was to have the center column to add to the coffee table.


Step 3:  Remove feet from the leg

We knocked off the feet from the bottom of the table leg.

They were attached by mini dowels and really easy to remove.


Step 4:  Attach center column of the extra leg set 

There was a screw already where we had removed the coffee table leg from the table top.

We simply used a drill bit to drill a hole in the center column and attach the two pieces together.


Step 5:  Re-attach the legs to the table top

Here’s what the leg looks like when you are finished.



And it will look even better…..

… the gate house with a pair of orange spray-painted deer antlers hanging above it. 🙂

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  1. Ingenious!!!!!

  2. I am still scrolling back up to recheck the price. I mean, this is def drool worthy… at that price??? I am living in the wrong part of the country for sure!
    I am suffering from a bad case of sofa table envy right now KariAnne … pouting here. Not a pretty picture :-/
    Hugs, Gee

  3. You are amazing! What a dreamy piece of furniture!!

  4. Having a handsome carpenter is a great perk!!
    Table came out awesome!

  5. That’s beautiful!!!

  6. LOVE it!!!

  7. Orange antlers!!! I I can not wait to see that gatehouse!

    🙂 Linda

  8. karianne, that table is just awesome…I have a a handsome carpenter too !!!! well, he isn’t a carpenter by trade…but he really is handsome 🙂 and if I need him to do carpenter stuff he so sweetly does..maybe I should say he is my “handyman” for the last 33 yrs…..I have to tell you as much as I love that table…It is your photography that is blowing me away lately…You really have a talent for it, along with sooooo many other great talents…..BTW if we were neighbors I would have told you if your roast was done 🙂 I can’t take pictures very well, but I sure can cook, maybe we could work out a barter help me decorate and I would cook for you…although I have a feeling you do just fine in the kitchen….”of couse she (you) does” see I really do read ALL of your blogs…(((hugs)))..amy…….. I am switching to lowercase letters for my name 🙂

  9. This is, simply, FANTASTIC! And I desperately need a sofa table. Seriously. I’m hosting Father’s Day in my slow-to-be-furnished lower level, and I was seriously considering dragging my husband’s antique radio (read: large and on legs), out of the storage area, putting it behind the sofa and throwing a blanket over it.

  10. cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute table. did you really go all 400 miles?

  11. I am so jealous…in a good way!
    Oh how I would love to find something amazing like that!
    You Rock!

  12. This is one of the best ideas I’ve seen in awhile, Karianne! And you still have the coffee table legs for another project…I’ll be on the lookout for pieces like these! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Gorgeous, I love the color and great tutorial!


  14. Great job..Looks wonderful..

  15. it looks like it was always meant to be that way, which in my books means job done right! 🙂

  16. Not that there was ever any doubt that you were brilliant but if there had been…this would take care of it. I’m on the hunt for cool legs and a table top that needs a bit of love.

  17. I have been waiting to see some of your yards sale finds!!! I sure do love this!! I think I need a sofa table now!

  18. Love! Great tutorial too and the color is fabulous! x

  19. Love this!

  20. Love the table and how you put it together.
    Also love the idea of a 400mile garage sale.
    I remember hearing something similar about 700 mile on HGTV

  21. I do the same thing – I come up with furniture maekover odeas and then get my hubby to do all the power tool stuff 🙂 I know I’ll chop a finger off if i try to do it!

    Love how you you re-purposed the coffee table & legs to make a whole new sofa table. Great colour too. Looks great!

  22. Cute carpenter! Does he hire out in TX?
    This is a great project and you two did an outstanding job. Were you looking for a sofa table and just happened to see this and thought, “oh, that’s what I’ll do.” Or did you go looking for pieces to make a sofa table. Just curious how your mind thinks. I’m not one to think out the box, so I admire your vision. ‘-)

  23. $14.03?!!! Are you kidding me!! SCORE!!! This is totally awesome…….just like you!!

    Have a great day, girlie!!~~Ang

  24. I bow to your really cute carpenter. You are a dynamic duo! Do the two of you have signed glossies?

  25. How sweet is that!

  26. Dang Karianne,

    This is just the bomb. You have surpassed even your own self! I love this table.


  27. Fantastic table! And yeah, super cute Mr. Freshy! Cute and soooooo handy! Lucky girl you are.

  28. Love it! Love the color!

  29. You are so creative, KariAnne! Love how it came out!

  30. Love this Kari! Is that the same sample can of gray paint you’ve been using forever!? That sucker is like the Energizer Bunny! LOL Looks excellent!

  31. GREAT idea, Kari!! Love it — it’s like the Bionic sofa table. 🙂
    xo Heidi

  32. You’re amazing my sweet friend. Completely and utterly amazing! 🙂

  33. Love the table, wish I could find bargains like that where I’m from!!!
    Also, love the bingo pillow, did you make that as well????

  34. This turned out fabulous!!! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful home tour today!!! Sweet tea sounds PERFECT — crazy hot Texas weather has officially arrived! XO, Aimee

  35. What gray paint is that? I love it! Please share it.

  36. Looks great but that hottie carpenter looks even better.

    Hubba hubba in those handy dandy safety glasses.

    You go girl – winkin’ wifey!

    : – )

  37. Love it! Such a clever idea!

  38. Love it!

  39. Very clever. Now about those orange deer antlers 🙂

  40. You are so clever!! Love the color? Would you share it?

  41. Beautiful Kari…you and your resident carpenter did a fantastic job…I remember so many years ago when my dad make a dining room table from casts off…we kids thought it was awful that we did not have a “store bought” dining room table…but looking back, it was beautiful…Love the table in that space..perfection!

  42. Well of course. On mile 398 I would definitely have seen all the possibility in that coffee table and the legs. NOT!!! I’m sure, my eyes would have been crossed by that point and I would been in great need of a cup of hot chocolate no matter how hot it was outside, ’cause that’s my comfort food. 😉
    And that, Girlie, is what makes you the rock star. 🙂 Rock on!!

  43. My hubby is handy for helping me with my ideas, once I can get across what I am thinking. At first he usually has the ‘deer in the headlights’ stare but I walk him through it, and instead of winking, I bat my eyelashes at him. 🙂

  44. Adorable table! Don’t you just love how those things work out. It looks like it was just meant to be. I have been on the hunt for a sofa table or something to make into a sofa table for a spot on a wall in our guest bath. I love this!!

  45. YOU ARE A GENIUS! Love it! I am on the hunt now! Thanks for sharing..

  46. So brilliant and gorgeous! What an awesome transformation and at $14…how could you pass that up?? Although knowing you have just the right carpenter lined up for the job might have sealed the deal, too 🙂

  47. I kept going back and forth from the “before” to the “after!” It’s perfect! I mean, it looks like it was made that way, originally! Next time, I’m gonna check out that yard sale! 🙂

  48. Beautiful! I love it!

  49. Gorgeous! I love your home and all your DIY projects!
    Jamie @

  50. It’s beautiful Karianne! And guess what! I have deer antlers for you! Email me your address if you want them and I’ll send them off to you! I can get you pictures if you’d like!

  51. Table=perfect
    Milk glass=SWOON

  52. Love it, such a genius idea, great re-purpose!

  53. Love it Kari Anne and yes he is a cutie in the safety glasses! hehe!

  54. So cute! Please tell us the color of paint you used, pllleeeaaassse!

  55. Such a beautiful table. It reminds me of my Grandma’s house when I was little ~ she had such big, beautiful, solid and tasteful pieces of furniture. I love the color and display.

  56. So pretty Karianne! You have such a good eye for pieces like this!

  57. What a great idea and so much more economical than purchasing a sofa table!

    I would love to feature this idea on one of my blogs (using a thumbnail) and link back to your tutorial, if that would be okay?