Hello there friends!
I am so excited to share this tutorial with you! If you’re not a fan of power tools, this is the project for you! I have been wanting a sofa table for a while. I love this one from Pottery Barn, but the $800.00 price tag is way out of my budget. This one only cost about $70 to build. Holla!
The table is 4′ long, 26 1/2″ tall, and 12″ deep
I love the look of metal and wood together, and I wanted something industrial-looking to match the look of the light fixtures in my kitchen/dining area.
I ran across a few sofa tables online made with wood and plumbing pipe. There are plenty of variations. I finally settled on this one. Not exactly Pottery Barn, but close, plus I was able to customize it to the narrow space behind my sofa!
Because plumbing pipe terms are a little weird (at least I thought they were!),I took pictures of all the materials you’ll need to make this table . It took some searching for me to figure out what a “flange” is and “pipe nipple”….Ya don’t try to google that…:)
I used galvanized pipe, which is silver in color. You can use black pipe if you prefer.
You will need
B. Four (4) 3″ pipe nipples, 3/4″ in diameter
C. Four (4) 2″ pipe nipples, 3/4″ in diameter
D. Six (6) T-pieces, 3/4″ in diameter
E. Four (4) 24″ pipe, 3/4″ in diameter. I had these 4 pieces cut down to 20″ and re-threaded. They will do this for you wherever you buy the pipe, for a minimal charge. Home Depot and Lowe’s do it, and so does your local plumbing supply store!
F. One (1) 36″ pipe, 3/4″ in diameter
G. One 2 x 12 x 8 white wood board OR a piece of reclaimed wood. I had Lowe’s cut mine down to 4 feet because their standard size is 8 feet.
First, I washed all of the pipe because it comes pretty dirty.
Below is how I put the pieces together to build the frame. No tools 🙂 Start by making two “U” pieces like this:
Flip your “U”s upside down and join them together with the 36” piece. Just screw in, no glue or tools. Love it!
Then screw on the 4 legs and the last 4 flanges and your frame is built! I told ya this was easy!
This frame will work well with the crossbar on top or you could flip it and have the crossbar on the bottom!
I chose to set it with the crossbar on top because I wanted to have space on the bottom for accessories and maybe a couple of cubed ottomans some day!.
At this point you could actually spray paint the frame if you want to! If you choose to paint, make sure you use spray paint suitable for metal. I chose to keep mine as it came for a more industrial look.
I stained the wood top using a dark walnut stain. Again, reclaimed wood would be awesome for this project if you can get a hold of some! I applied the stain with a paint brush, left it for 5 minutes and wiped the excess. Once it dried, I sanded the edges a bit!
Now, the only thing you will need to do is attach the top to the frame. I used 1 inch wood screws through the holes in the flanges. This is the only thing you will need a drill for!
Here’s the finished table! Not bad, huh?!
Share and Pin this tutorial for the weekend! Let me know if you have any questions! I would love to see your finished product!
Be sure and check out these other projects with pipe!