Stand on the armrest of the sofa - a master class on how to do it yourself

Stand on the armrest of the sofa - a master class on how to do it yourself

Laid on the armrest of the sofa isa better solution if you are going to sit on the sofa, and you want a laptop, a tablet, a telephone, a TV remote, a book, glasses and a glass of water next to you. We offer a master class, how to make a comfortablewooden stand, which is mounted on the armrest of the sofa. Its stylish design will complement the interior, and the functionality will make the seat on the sofa even more pleasant. The content of the article:

Necessary materials:

The amount of materials and the final size of the standdepends on the width of the armrests on your couch. Measure the armrests and make the stand as described below, but adjusting the dimensions for your particular case.

  • 80 cm x 50 cm wooden plank with a thickness of 1.8 cm
  • Screws 4 mm x 35 mm (you can take others that are at home)
  • Sandpaper (used here with 240 grit)
  • Corner brackets (40 mm x 40 mm x 17 mm here)
  • Hard putty for wood
  • Wood glue
  • Brushes (here one is 50 mm wide and one 25 mm wide for thinner sections)
  • Wood paint (white here)
  • Cork fabric measuring 45 cm x 30 cm
  • Aerosol glue
  • Decorative Nails for Furniture

Before you implement the project make a smalla sketch to find out how many individual pieces of boards you need to make. SCHEMA shows how the stand should look like in finished form. After that, you can go to the hardware store for materials and immediately cut the boards to the desired size.

The design of the stand on the shelf

For each sofa sizes may vary, but in any case, you will need the following boards:

  • a) board corresponding to the width of the sofa armrest;
  • b) a board corresponding to the height of the armrest (inwards);
  • c) a board determining the size (height) of the additional compartment; For example, in this case, the size was calculated for a laptop: the width of the laptop plus 5 cm.
  • d) a board that defines the width of the compartment and is its bottom;
  • e) a plaque that restricts separation from the second side.
  • Step-by-step instruction:

    Step 1: We join parts a + b Using glue for wood, we join together parts a and b, following the above schematic drawing. After the glue dries, fasten the boards additionally with each other with screws for a stronger grip. Note: as an alternative, if you want to leave the outside of the stand intact, fasten the boards to each other from the inside with corner brackets and screws. Step 2: Connect the parts with c + d + e Similarly to the previous step, we connect the parts c, d and e with glue, and then with screws, following the above scheme. Step 3: We connect all the parts together. Now we need to connect the parts assembled in the previous two steps together. For this we also use glue, and screws from the outside or corner brackets from the inside. Note: You can also optionally add a board that covers the compartment in front, that is, attach it to boards c, d, and e. Step 4: Putting the putty This step is necessary if you connected the parts together with screws from the outside and want to hide them. If you used the corner brackets from the inside, then the external surface is smooth and does not require putty. Screws were screwed in from the outside andheads went into the tree a little, forming small notches. So we remove them with putty for wood. After that, smooth the surface with sandpaper to putty went to the level of the tree. Step 5: Paint the stand The color of the paint depends on your personal preferences, you can generally varnish the wood, leaving its natural color and structure visible. You can paint the entire stand, or onlythe outer side, leaving the inner natural. If you decide to paint entirely, then apply the paint in several stages so that there is a side on which you can put a stand while the paint dries. If you paint only the outside, thenapply masking tape from the inside along the edges of the boards so that paint does not get in and the inside looks neat. Here, just painted the outer part. TIP: In any case, when painting you need to apply at least two layers of paint in order to cover the surface well. It used white paint, scratch-resistant. Step 6: Fasten the cork trim Now it remains only to attach the cork trim on top of the stand. To do this, cut the cork fabric across the width of the board located on top (board a), and a little more along the length of it, so that you can wrap it under the board and attach it. Then apply to the surface of the upper board.spray glue and stick cork fabric to it. Wrap the edges inside and glue, for reliability you can fix it with decorative nails for furniture. Now everything is ready!

    • It took 3.5 hours to make a stand on the sofa, and if you leave the natural color and do not apply paint, the whole process takes about 1.5 hours.
    • The result shows that the time is not wasted, because we get a beautiful and comfortable stand, which increases home comfort!

    We hope you enjoyed the master class, and soon you will sit relaxed on the couch, drink tea or coffee, and set the cup on such a wonderful stand!