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Console table charging station for behind our sofa: DIY Build project!

Sep 11 2017 -
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How to build a simple console table for behind your sofa, with plugin added for easy phone charging! Joe and I are probably a lot like most couples right now where we admittedly spend a certain amount of time on our phones, in front of the tv, after work, every day. So I’m currently limping along a 3 year old Motorolla whose battery life leaves a lot to be desired. So, inevitably, I have to run upstairs, get my phone charger and plug it in wherever I’m sitting which usually means having to move the sofa or an end table out so I can reach an outlet. I’ve been thinking a console table would be the ticket to make for easier charging but also to create a little area for display as well so I got to work!

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We have a VERY odd living room that has four different entrances (one 72″ outside door) and a big “inside” stained glass window on the back wall that actually looks into my office. It has not been an easy room to arrange or to decorate. That big window means that the little console table would be in front of it if I made it the width of the sofa. I batted this idea around for nearly a year trying to decide whether or not to go the entire width of the sofa or to stop the table at the window.

Wood working diy how to build a console table charging station for your living room and display for books and flowers, behind couch, sofa tables

Wood working diy how to build a console table charging station for your living room and display for books and flowers, behind couch, sofa tables

I ended up going the entire width of the sofa. With that decision made I had one great thing going for me when it came to this little table, it wasn’t going to be seen in any way so I could keep it very basic construction. The width of our sofa is 72 inches so I made the table 70 inches wide and 27 inches tall so it would be just a little shorter then the height of the back. I used two rough cut 2x2s and one rough cut 4×4 for the legs and one rough cut 1×6 for the top. (I found them all out in the barn, thanks Grandpa for leaving them for me!) A few screws to put it all together and construction was done!

Wood working diy how to build a console table charging station for your living room and display for books and flowers, behind couch, sofa tablesWood working diy how to build a console table charging station for your living room and display for books and flowers, behind couch, sofa tables

Using my jig saw and a drill I cut out a rectangle large enough to fit my power strip (check it out on Amazon here) and then I just had to secure it with two little machine screws. 6 inches certainly does not provide a very deep “shelf” however, it is a great place for small additions, books and, in a pinch, it works fine for setting a drink on too!

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I stained the entire table with dark walnut stain and put two coats of poly acrylic on it just for protection. I’m pleased with it all together and I’m glad I went ahead and splurged on that $20 power strip made specially for situations like this one. There was a part of me that really felt $20 in that case was more then I needed to spend but in the end I love that I can just use a USB cable.

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38 Comments

  1. September 11, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Brilliant idea! especially sitting the electrics into the table top, so neat and how lovely it looks with books on behind the sofa.

  2. September 12, 2017 at 1:04 am

    I think this is a terrific project. I actually have an old console table that has had many lives with different finishes over the years. It currently sits behind my sofa but I would never have thought of putting a charging strip in the table. I think it would be so convenient to be able to plug in my laptop there. Thanks for a great idea.

  3. September 12, 2017 at 1:59 am

    I love when beautiful meets practical and this project is both! It looks great the length of the couch.

  4. September 13, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Best idea ever!!!Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you will join us again next week.

  5. September 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Great area for display as well as charging. The flowers at the end of the sofa look like they have own table in front of the window.
    Joy

  6. September 14, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    What a great idea! And I’m a huge fan of USB outlets and power strips. They’re a total game changer! Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    • September 14, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks for coming by Leslie!

  7. September 14, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Great idea and looks wonderful too!

  8. September 15, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Perfect!! I love this idea. I can always use a small table behind the couch. It is probably hard to find something that thin in the stores and who wants to pay a lot for something that is half hidden. love it! Thanks for the idea. pinned:)

    • September 15, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Thank you Kathleen! I twas definitely one of the most useful things I EVER made for us!

  9. September 17, 2017 at 11:32 am

    What a cool idea! I’ve never seen a DIY like this one, but boy oh boy, it’s just perfect for the modern home. I like how it tucks away neatly and fits seamlessly into the table. Brilliant!

  10. September 17, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    I love this piece. Great idea and love you shared at Dishing it and Digging it Link party.

    • September 18, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you so much Vaness!

  11. September 20, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Beautiful sofa table and love the charging station. Awesome idea!

  12. September 21, 2017 at 2:26 am

    What a great idea. Thanks for sharing this at the Inspiration Spotlight party Sharing

    • September 21, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Have a great weekend Theresa, thanks for coming by!

  13. September 21, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Amazing idea. You did a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing this post.

  14. September 22, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    This is brilliant! We are always stringing a cord across the living room because someone’s device is low on power but the couch is the most comfortable place to be working (or playing). Plus your table looks beautiful!

    • September 25, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Thank you Rebecca! Yup this has become the charging station hub now lol from the laptop to our blue tooth speaker I can’t believe how convenient this little table turned out to be!

  15. September 28, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Okay, Tarah, a lot of your projects are amazing, but this one is just brilliant! SO smart!! And you’re very clever to point out that, since the table is mostly hidden, it doesn’t have to be a fancy build. I’ve pinned this! Thanks for linking it to the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace–I’m featuring you this week!

    • September 29, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      Thank you so much Richella! I am so often surprised by how some of my smaller simpler projects improve our lives so much! This little table has become the charging hub in our home now from our laptop to our bluetooth speaker!

  16. S. Hohl
    September 30, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Please explain how you did the legs. I see the pic, but no explanation.

    • October 2, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      Hi there, I just screwed them on the bottom of the board, one in the middle and one near each end, one screw each. Not real pretty but it worked for our situation because you really can’t see much of it. Thanks for coming by!

  17. Laura
    October 16, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    BRILLIANT!!!!!

  18. Trish Minor
    November 14, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    We just installed bamboo flooring in our living room and when our 12 year old Grandson would sit/flop on the couch it would slide back against the windows. Also getting to the wall outlet was a pain. When I saw this I knew it was the solution. We added 2×6 feet to both ends to fit between the wall and the couch legs. No more sliding. So glad I found this, Thank You.

    • November 14, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Thank you Trish, we can’t believe how much ours gets used!

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