Couch Arm Coffee Table

Couch Arm Coffee Table by Dana Tatar

I don’t have a lot of extra space in my home for bulky side tables. Unfortunately, this meant that I could snuggle up on my couch with a hot cup of coffee, or a book, but not both. My days of precariously balanced beverages and not having my essentials within arms reach are over! My new couch arm coffee table just may be my favorite project to date and is something that I will enjoy every single day.

Couch Arm Coffee Table Supplies by Dana Tatar



  • Sandpaper
  • Foam Brush
  • Electric Drill and Drill Bits
  • Saw
  • Ruler

Couch Arm Coffee Table Prep by Dana Tatar

Step 1: Use a saw to cut the Letter X in half. Use sandpaper to smooth out any rough areas or knots on all wood pieces.

Couch Arm Coffee Table Gloss Varnish by Dana Tatar

Step 2: Apply several coats of DecoArt DuraClear Gloss Varnish to all wood pieces. Follow manufacturer instructions for application and recommend drying time between coats. Lightly sand dry wood for a smooth finish.

Couch Arm Coffee Table Spring Hinges by Dana Tatar

Step 3: Use an electric drill to secure the spring hinges to the bottom of the rectangle plaque. Use an electric drill to secure the table arms to the spring hinges. Note: The spring hinges I used are quite large. To keep this hardware hidden I used a Rectangle Mini Thin Plaque as a shim so that I could attach the hinges to the underside of the table top. This additional piece of wood may not be necessary with a different hinge or design style.

Couch Arm Coffee Table Tutorial by Dana Tatar

I’d love to know what you would set on this table! Leave me a note in the comments section.


Dana Tatar
I’m currently living in Virginia with my husband and two daughters. I started paper crafting about 9 years ago and have expanded from scrapbooking and now create a little of everything; including cards, tags, ATCs, arches and small gift and home décor items. I frequently find inspiration in music, poetry and pop culture. I’m an active blogger and I like to share my tips and ideas. When I’m not creating art, I enjoy baking, reading, listening to music and spending time outdoors with my family.

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