Console table charging station for behind my 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! I am probably a lot like most people right now where I admittedly spend a certain amount of time on my phone, on the couch, 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!

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

I 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 one of my extra bedrooms. 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 my 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! (I simply ran screws right down through the top into each leg, the screws sunk in well and are hardly noticeable.)

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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45 Comments on "Console table charging station for behind my sofa: DIY Build project!"

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

Lisa
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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.

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

Sandra L Garth
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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.

Joy@aVintageGreen
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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

Leslie
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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!

Snap
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Great idea and looks wonderful too!

Kathleen Rupp
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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:)

Jelica
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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!

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

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

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

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

Rebecca Allen
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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!

Richella Parham
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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!

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

Laura
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BRILLIANT!!!!!

Trish Minor
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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.

Michelle Martin
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Looks Great! Ive been wanting to do this for a while but I am having issues finding the right power strip where did you get this one?

Jean J
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What a great idea! I need one for the living room and one for the family room. This table will solve so many problems. Now on to Amazon for the power strip. LOL

Mary ellen
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Hello, I LOVE, LOVE the sofa table you made and I am going to do this for my LR sofa!! Also I am going to save a box from Costco and cover it with some pretty material (although not needed, because I am going to keep it under the table to keep some hidden treasures–like extra $ for those times I can’t get to the bank and need some $!! LOL)

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