Easy DIY Armrest Table

A tutorial for making a DIY Armrest table for your sofa.


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Once the holidays roll around, we have to remove some furniture and shift things around a bit in our living room to accommodate our tree. Because of this, we lose a side table and that’s what prompted this armrest table project.

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We like this armrest table so much that we just might use it year-round. It doesn’t take up any space and is the perfect place to set your book/coffee/wine/hair ties/food. And best of all – I made this entire thing out of scrap wood.

I’ll give you the exact dimensions of mine, but you may need to tweak it a bit to fit your specific sofa arms.

Things You’ll Need

Tape Measure

1×8 or other scrap wood (see note about wood sizes)

Wood Glue

Foam Brushes and Rag (for applying stain and poly)

Brad Nailer (optional)

Wood Stain (I used Early American)

Polyurethane

Clamps

Orbital Sander or Sandpaper (120 grit)

Note about Wood Sizes

This is totally a scrap wood project. So, you don’t need to use a 1×8, you can use whatever wood you have to make it work. My wood pieces were the following dimensions:

Top: 7 3/4 inches wide x 12 inches long

Two Side Pieces: 6 inches wide by 12 inches long

DIY Armrest Table Tutorial

DIY Armrest table - this tutorial will show you how to create your own armrest table!

How to Make a Wood Armrest Table.

Total time: 1 day

  1. Measure Sofa Armrest

    Measure the width of your armrest to determine what size wood piece you need to complete this project. The side pieces don’t matter as much. You want to make sure the top piece is wide enough to cover the armrest plus a little bit on each side (so it’s sturdy but not so tight to pull on and off the armrest).

  2. Cut Wood Pieces to Size

    DIY Armrest table - this tutorial will show you how to create your own armrest table!

    Here are my dimensions. The top is 7-3/4 inches wide by 12 inches long and the two side pieces are 6 inches wide by 12 inches long.

  3. Sand Wood Pieces

    Use sandpaper or an orbital sander to sand each piece until it’s nice and smooth. I used 120 grit sandpaper. If your wood pieces are really rough, you might need to start with an 80 grit and finish with the 120 grit.

  4. Attach Pieces using Wood Glue (and Nails, optional)

    Diagram showing how to construct the armrest table

    Now we are ready to assemble our armrest table. You are going to attach the top to the side wood pieces using wood glue. You can also pop a few brad nails in there for extra security. Use clamps to hold everything in place until it fully cures.

  5. Stain Armrest

    DIY Armrest table - this tutorial will show you how to create your own armrest table!

    Now you can stain it your favorite color or keep it natural. I used Early American because it’s one of my favorites!

  6. Protect Armrest with Polyurethane

    Use polyurethane to protect your armrest table

    Final step and so important! Since you will most likely be putting a drink down on this table, you need to apply three coats of polyurethane to protect your table and prevent those pesky drink rings.

DIY Armrest table - this tutorial will show you how to create your own armrest table!
DIY Armrest table - this tutorial will show you how to create your own armrest table!
DIY Armrest table - this tutorial will show you how to create your own armrest table!
DIY Armrest table - this tutorial will show you how to create your own armrest table!
DIY Armrest table - this tutorial will show you how to create your own armrest table!

And that’s a wrap on this project! You can also purchase these side tables from Etsy if you don’t want to make this. But, it’s just so easy and such a good way to use up that scrap wood!

I hope you guys enjoyed it! If you do make this project, let me know on Instagram by tagging me @decorhint and using the hashtag #decorhints.

xo Karen