DIY X Sofa Table from Scrap Wood

Do you let your kids eat in front of the TV? Or should I ask, do YOU eat in front of the TV? Some folks might call me a bad mom but I do! It’s the 21st century, doesn’t everyone (at least every now and then)? Our living room is detached from the dining area. This means that in order to eat in the living room you have to sit directly on the couch. We don’t have a TV view from the kitchen table. This was actually a plus for me when we purchased our home. That being said, every now and then it’s nice to have somewhere to sit my plate and eat. This is why I decided to create my own DIY X sofa table from scrap wood.

X style sofa table

My inspiration for this sofa table project came from Facebook.

I love the idea of being able to hang out in the living room AND have a small flat surface to put something like a plate!

I liked the look of this sofa table, but without the plumbing hardware. More specifically, I wanted to create my own X style table.

I looked around online to see if I could find a few affordable sofa tables to purchase. I noticed when I searched sofa tables, console tables also showed up. Since they are similar sizes, you could use a console table for a sofa table too! Ultimately, it all depends on the size of your sofa and your specific measurements.

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Here are a few Sofa Tables I found online with decent reviews;

I liked the look of this table, but it was too short and I would have to remove the bottom shelf to be able to sit at it.

This is a very affordable sofa table, but like I said earlier, I wasn’t looking for anything with metal.

I love the simple look of the sofa table above from hayneedle! It’s also super affordable.

I love the modern look of this table but I worried the bar at the bottom would get in the way of the stools.

As usual, when I can’t find a piece of furniture I want then I realize it’s time to create it!

Materials for the DIY X Style Sofa Table

How to build a Sofa Table:

  1. Measure the height of your sofa to determine how tall you want the sofa table.
  2. Cut the table top slab of wood to the desired dimensions. My table top slab is 16″ deep by 6′ wide.
  3. Make angled cuts on miter saw for the first cross hair on the X. This was a trial and error process for me until I figured out the right angle I wanted. The easiest way for me to explain this is to show you below.
  4. I used wood screws to drill them into the table top.
  5. The last thing I did for stability was to add 4 corner braces to each of the legs.
  6. Add wood filler or spackling. I used THIS product. It’s not wood filler per se, but I like the dry time indicator and I find it easier to work with for larger holes (than wood filler).
  7. Sand the table down so it’s smooth.
  8. Paint
DIY sofa table
When you add the second part of the X, make sure it’s level!
To find the second cross hair angle (for me it was the 45 degree angle), lay the board about where you want it, and mark where the cut needs to be. When you lay the board on the miter saw it will show you the angle.
I also added a second 2 by 4 to the cross hair that was cut into two pieces. I decided this would add extra stability.
Lastly, add the corner braces.
Almost done!

Now it’s time to add wood putty and paint!

You can see the pink areas which means it’s still wet. The white means it’s dry. This is super helpful to an impatient DIYer. 🙂

I’ve always loved the look of an X style Console table. I still can’t believe I have my very own!

X console table
X style sofa table
The chairs are a DIY from my grandfather. They were the last thing he ever sewed or upholstered.
DIY sofa table
Sofa table
Sofa table
Sofa Table

Don’t you think any X Style console has a real rustic farmhouse feel?

Either way I love the look and mostly the functionality of it! Best part, it didn’t cost me a thing.

SCORE!

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DIY X Sofa Table

X console table

Want to learn how to create your own simple DIY X sofa table? I've created mine out of scrap wood. I've shared a quick tutorial on how to make a simple X Style table with 2 by 4's and a large piece of scrap wood for the table top. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost 40 dollars

Materials

  • Large slab of wood for table top
  • Inside corner braces
  • Wood screws
  • 2 by 4 by 8′ long – the height of your table will determine how many you need
  • Paint
  • Wood filler or Spackling

Tools

  • Miter Saw
  • Drill

Instructions

  1. Measure the height of your sofa to determine how tall you want the sofa table.
  2. Cut the table top slab of wood to the desired dimensions. My table top slab is 16″ deep by 6′ wide.
  3. Make angled cuts on miter saw for the first cross hair on the X. This was a trial and error process for me until I figured out the right angle I wanted. The easiest way for me to explain this is to show you below.
  4. I used wood screws to drill them into the table top.
  5. The last thing I did for stability was to add 4 corner braces to each of the legs.
  6. Add wood filler or spackling. I used THIS product. It’s not wood filler per se, but I like the dry time indicator and I find it easier to work with for larger holes (than wood filler).
  7. Sand the table down so it’s smooth.
  8. Paint

Notes

To find the second cross hair angle (for me it was the 45 degree angle), lay the board about where you want it, and mark where the cut needs to be. When you lay the board on the miter saw it will show you the angle.

I hope you enjoyed this easy DIY! Thanks for stopping by.

Lindsey**

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