How To Build A Sawhorse Sofa Table in an Afternoon
Hey there friends! Its Sara from Twelve On Main. I am so excited to be here today! Well, I am excited every time I get to visit Remodelaholic and feature a project or two that I am working on. Today I wanted to show you how to build a sawhorse sofa table that I made the other day…in literally, one short afternoon.
If you have been to my site Twelve On Main, you may have seen some of my DIY projects or room reveals. I love farmhouse and industrial style and I like to intertwine the two once in a while. This sawhorse sofa table definitely leans toward the industrial side of style, but you will be amazed at how well it goes with my farmhouse decor as well.
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This table is so easy to make. What I like about this table is that you can keep it as simple as you would like, or you can customize it and make it as decorative as you want. The possibilities are quite endless.
DIY Sawhorse Sofa Table Tutorial
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Here are the supplies you will need to make this sawhorse sofa table:
- 4 sawhorse brackets
- 8- 27 1/2 inch long 2×4 pieces of lumber (for the legs)
- 2 pieces of 2×4 wood that will be roughly 1 -2 foot long, depending on the width of your table.
- Table top in whatever width and length you want ( I’ll talk more about that later)
- Cordless Drill
- Stain or Paint to finish the table
Here are the step-by-step details to build it:
So the first step to this easy sawhorse sofa table is to cut the legs. I cut mine at 27 1/2 inches.
After the legs are cut, there are only a few steps. First, stain or paint them. I used my favorite DIY weathered wood stain on my sawhorse sofa table. After they dry, you are ready to insert them into the sawhorse brackets.
This is really so easy guys. Once they are in the brackets, you can either nail them in place or use screws. The brackets come equipped with holes that you can use to screw into. I opted to screw because it was much easier and would hold better.
The brackets are what makes this project so easy. They bend open and close and you can choose how wide of an angle you want the legs to sit at.
Once all 8 legs were secured into the sawhorse brackets, you want to add the cross piece to the top of the bracket. This is what the table top will rest on, so you need to decided how wide your table will be. Mine was only 10 inches. I wanted a narrow table for where I was putting it. You can make yours much more wide if you choose. So, I cut my cross pieces at 9 inches so that they would be just slightly recessed under the tabletop.
Now take 2 of the sets of legs, and you will inset the 2 by 4 into the top of the brackets where it will once again be secured with screws. Now do the same thing with the other two legs. Make sure you measure them the same and that the space between the legs is the same.
At this point, I found I needed to push and pull a bit to make sure the legs were all straight and set at the same angle.
I decided my table was going to be 60 inches long. I decided I wanted to use a 2 by 10 piece of wood that had been aging nicely out in my wood pile as the tabletop.
I gave it a quick sanding to smooth down some of the edges and then stained it the same as the legs.
The last step is to secure the tabletop onto the sawhorse table legs.
I measured 9 inches in from each side and that is where the top of the sawhorse met the tabletop. This way they were both installed in the same place.
I pre-drilled holes into the tabletop, where the table would be screwed into the table legs.
I then used a 3 inch screw to secure the top to the legs. I did 2 screws in each leg. I made sure the screw holes were the same distance from the edges so that they looked nice.
At this point you can either putty and sand the screws or leave them as is. I chose the latter, because, well, I don’t like extra steps, and I liked the look! They added to the industrial look of the table. I sealed the table with a matte clear coat poly acrylic, and it was done.
So, yeah. I am obsessed with this sawhorse sofa table. It is the perfect combination of industrial, rustic, and a touch of farmhouse style. It nicely compliments the rest of my decor nicely, and I topped it with my favorite large LAUGH farmhouse sign and just a few simple decor items on the top.
This table will most definitely be moved around my home and used in many other rooms. I guess I may need to make a few more.
I loved making this sawhorse sofa table for a few reasons. My most favorite reason is this: you do not have to be an experienced DIYer or handy person to make one of these! You can even get your legs cut at some hardware stores if you do not have the equipment to do it at home.
I hope you enjoyed this fun tutorial, and I would love it if you stopped by Twelve On Main to see what I have been up to these days!
More DIY sofa tables and console tables:
one-sheet plywood waterfall edge console table
double X adjustable console table
no-nails extra long console table
rustic farmhouse console/sideboard
Super cool! This would have a ton of different uses. DIY furniture can be super intimidating, but you’ve made it look totally do-able.
Some people are so creative and I love that they share their creative ideas for people like me who are better off just trying to copy.
Well it’s been about 4 years, so how is she holding up?