It's a general design rule that you should have at least one spot to set down a drink for each seat in your living room or family room.
So what do you do when you don't have enough space for even the smallest of side tables?
Such is the story in our living room.
While the space itself is rather large, and there's a coffee table and sofa table within reach of the sectional couch, there is literally zero space for any tables next to either of the armchairs near the fireplace. (And the coffee table is too far to reach.)
Which makes it very difficult to enjoy a cup of coffee and greet the day with a good devotional or sip a glass of wine and have a snack with guests.
But the solution is actually very simple – and very inexpensive!
Two of my favorite things!
How to Make Your Own Armchair Tables
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- One 1″ x 8″ x 6′
- Brad nailer and nails (about 24 nails) OR 24 small finishing nails and a hammer
- Construction adhesive or wood glue (optional)
- measuring tape
- Minwax Dark Walnut Stain
- Varathane Sun Bleached
- 2 foam brushes
- lint free rag
1. Measure the arms of your chair. You want the armchair tables to fit a little snuggly – no spilled drinks please! We have Ikea Ektorp chairs so our tables' overall measurements are 6″ x 11″ x 12″. Even if you have Ektorp chairs, please measure as Ikea may have changed things slightly. Also note that you want the inside piece of each table to tuck down in beside the cushion to prevent catching on pants, etc.
2. Cut your pieces to the correct sizing. Each of our tables is made up of three pieces: one is 5 inches long, one is 10 inches long and one is 12 inches long. (All are approximately 8 inches deep based on wood size.)
3. If applying construction adhesive or wood glue, apply and simply nail together.
4. Once assembled, apply Sun Bleached stain with a foam brush and let sit for about 5 minutes. Then wipe off excess with a lint free cloth. Then with another foam brush apply dark walnut stain and let sit for 5 minutes. Wipe off excess with a lint free cloth.
5. Let stain dry THOROUGHLY. You do NOT want the tacky stain on your furniture! I left ours to dry for a week and made sure they weren't at all tacky before putting them on the chairs.
And voila! Simple armchair tables.
Do you have a small space that you can't make work with a table? Have you found a solution?