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If you need a place to rest your drink but don’t have a side table nearby, this quick and easy armrest tray table is a perfect fit for your sofa, couch, or chair.
On a quick trip to Lowe’s for some last-minute wood stain (coughcoughPinterestChallengecough), I also picked up a slim pine board that seemed juuuuuust the right length for sawing into thirds for another scrap wood project I’ve been meaning to try: a DIY wooden couch sleeve, aka a sofa arm tray table.
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For this project, you will need:
- wood of your choice (it’s a great scrap wood project!)
- wood glue
- stain & poly (this is one of my favorite stains!)
- miter saw or table saw
- measuring tape
How to Make This Sofa Armrest Tray Table in 3 Easy Steps
1. Measure and cut pieces
All you need to do is measure the width of your chair and cut the sides and top on a miter saw or table saw. Be sure to add about a quarter of an inch (for an easy fit over the chair or couch’s arm rest) plus the width of the sides to cut the top to the correct length.
2. Secure pieces together
Glue and clamp the sides to secure the bottom two pieces to the top, and let dry.
3. Stain and poly
Then, stain and poly to your liking. You can use a few pin nails if you want to help the glue set, but I chose not to. I didn’t even miter the corners, and it still looks pretty great.
There are lots of options with this as well to further enhance it if you want: chamfer or round over the corners, add a slot for your phone, route out a round circle on the top for holding your drink more securely, add a side pocket for the remote, etc. There are a ton of customization options!
This project takes all of ten minutes to set up and however long it takes to dry (check the back of the can of your stain and poly for that info). I made two of them for the living room, and my dad has been asking me to make some for him ever since! Theoretically, it can work well for even rounded couch sleeves as long as the sides are long enough to steady the sleeve on top of the armrest, but square arms work best. I’ve seen rounded versions for sale online too:
The fact that I picked up a perfectly good board for no other purpose than this means that it’s decidedly not a scrap wood project. But it’s still a pinspired project since I found (and pinned) the idea several months ago. Just not technically a part of last week’s party.
I found even more motivation to go ahead and complete this project thanks to Merrypad, who shared the version below. So not only was I pinning the original, I was now pinning her version which was also based on the one I first admired.
About here is where the beer kicked in and I stopped trying to make sense of whether this is a pin of a pin of a pin or ehhh …. whatever, it’s done!
And still useful! Here’s an updated pic of the living room in 2016, and they are still in use!
There are lots of things to do with scrap wood! Check out these ideas below (click on the image or the link to be taken to the tutorial).
Scrap Wood Ideas