It was long and narrow, with doors and walk-throughs on every wall, and in odd locations. We rearranged that room 87 times over the years, and of course it was in our final year in the house that we solved the puzzle. (You can read about the process here, and see the floor plan that worked here.) The best thing we did was add a sectional…the only downside was the dark corner it created in the middle. We could put lamps on either end, but the center was a black hole. #TWSS
We looked for console tables to place behind it to house a lamp, but the sofa is 110-inches long…there aren’t a lot of options at that size, that are affordable anyway. We also didn’t have much room to scooch the sofa forward…so not only did we need a long table, but it had to be narrow. #hellocraigslist?
Once I realized only the top and one side of the table would be seen, I knew we could DIY something that would solve our problem, and provide more function for the room. And of course it’s super simple and el cheapo, because that’s
who how I am.
We started with our table top (we used pine), cut to 110-inches (Home Depot will cut it free, Lowes will if you bat your eyes). I wanted something thicker, but we were concerned about the weight…and really it didn’t matter since it’s mostly the top that’s seen.
Tip: Stain both sides of your table and side pieces. Since our table ended up taller than the sofa, you could see the underside of it. The raw, unstained side. #oops
Hold a side piece flush to the brackets and attach.
Do the same to the other side. You see how easy this is?! All you need is a screwdriver. #makemineadouble
Ours bowed a little in the middle because of the extra-long length, so we reinforced it with a bracket screwed to the wall, and attached to the table. I wouldn’t place cinder blocks on it, but it held strong for lamps, remotes, and mama’s special juice.
I lucked out finding this lamp with a rectangular shade at Home Goods…traditional round shades grazed the window, and the back of the person’s head who snagged the coveted corner seat.
Do you have an area that could benefit from a console table? This little ditty was only around $50…you can’t beat that with a stick! You’re impressed, right?! We were certainly doing a lot of back-patting.
Additional DIY projects seen throughout the room:
Organized DVDs in a Single Basket
Blue Squiggle Vases
How to Hide Lamp Cords
Embroidered Fedora Hat
Pom Pom Throw
Photo Wall Frames // Ikea Ribba
Sectional Sofa // Ikea
Black & White Houndstooth Pillows // Ikea
Suzani Pillows // One Kings Lane
Leopard Pillow // H&M Home
Round Tray Basket // Home Goods
Blue & White Lamp // Home Goods
Art behind sofa // Teil Duncan at Furbish
Plaid Blanket Scarf used as a Throw // Nordstrom
Gold Urchin // Furbish
Shallow Storage Basket // World Market
Desk Lamp // Ikea
Turquoise Desk Chair // World Market
Lady Bust // Home Goods
Leather Pouf // Lulu & Georgia
Rugby Striped Bin // Container Store
Golden Gate Bridge Dish // Anthropologie
Wall Antlers // Target
Chevron Drapes in Breakfast Room // West Elm
Maggie’s Bed // LL Bean (it’s monogramed! #duh)
Greek Key Rug // Rugs USA
Wall Color // Behr ‘Ashes’ in Satin finish