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I'm Erin

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Easy DIY Wooden Couch Sleeve

Easy DIY Wooden Couch Sleeve

This Maker Gray tutorial shows how I made a wooden sleeve with a cupholder for my couch. This was a super easy project and a nice upgrade, making it much more convenient to set down a drink while watching tv or reading. I especially love that it can be moved around to either side of the couch... for maximum convenience and laziness :)

I want to credit A Beautiful Mess for the inspiration for this project: https://abeautifulmess.com/2015/04/diy-wooden-sofa-sleeve-with-cup-holder.html

My measurements will work for an Ikea Karlstad couch or chair. But you can easily modify the measurements to work for whatever dimensions you need.

Materials and Tools I Used:

I started the project by picking up one 1x8 at Home Depot. I then measured for my three cuts 

I started the project by picking up one 1x8 at Home Depot. I then measured for my three cuts 

I then cut three 14" long pieces with my  miter saw . I also could have used a  circular saw . 

I then cut three 14" long pieces with my miter saw. I also could have used a circular saw

Next I took one of the 14" pieces and cut down an inch to 6.25" wide on my  table saw . This narrower board will be the top. 

Next I took one of the 14" pieces and cut down an inch to 6.25" wide on my table saw. This narrower board will be the top. 

I clamped down the top board (the narrower one) and measured out where I wanted to cut my cupholder hole. I used a  3.5" hole saw  on the end of my  power drill  to make the cut. If you have a drill press, you could use that instead. AND, if you have neither, this couch sleeve doesn't at all have to have the cupholder hole. Its just an added perk.

I clamped down the top board (the narrower one) and measured out where I wanted to cut my cupholder hole. I used a 3.5" hole saw on the end of my power drill to make the cut. If you have a drill press, you could use that instead. AND, if you have neither, this couch sleeve doesn't at all have to have the cupholder hole. Its just an added perk.

To join the boards I used wood glue and pocket holes. To cut the pocket holes I used my Pocket Hole Jig and drilled two holes on an inner side of each board. As I mentioned in the video, these sides really aren't supporting any strength. So if you don't have a pocket hole jig, using  wood glue  only would make it plenty strong. 

To join the boards I used wood glue and pocket holes. To cut the pocket holes I used my Pocket Hole Jig and drilled two holes on an inner side of each board. As I mentioned in the video, these sides really aren't supporting any strength. So if you don't have a pocket hole jig, using wood glue only would make it plenty strong. 

While the pieces were separate, I gave them each a nice sanding with my orbital sander. And then I laid down a line of  wood glue  and then screwed in my pocket holes to join the boards

While the pieces were separate, I gave them each a nice sanding with my orbital sander. And then I laid down a line of wood glue and then screwed in my pocket holes to join the boards

To make the bottom of the cupholder, I cut out a scrap piece of thin plywood with my circular saw that I'll glue to the underside in a later step.

To make the bottom of the cupholder, I cut out a scrap piece of thin plywood with my circular saw that I'll glue to the underside in a later step.

Before I stain wood, I use a  wood conditioner . This helps to even out the color and create a much more even stain coat. 

Before I stain wood, I use a wood conditioner. This helps to even out the color and create a much more even stain coat. 

I then applied the wood conditioner to the sleeve and also to the piece that will be the bottom of the cupholder. 

I then applied the wood conditioner to the sleeve and also to the piece that will be the bottom of the cupholder. 

And then I applied a walnut stain

And then I applied a walnut stain

To protect the wood from water and condensation from cold drinks, I applied  polyurethane

To protect the wood from water and condensation from cold drinks, I applied polyurethane

Next I added the thin piece of plywood that will be the bottom of the cupholder. I used wood glue and clamps to keep the piece in place while the glue dried. 

Next I added the thin piece of plywood that will be the bottom of the cupholder. I used wood glue and clamps to keep the piece in place while the glue dried. 

And then once all of the pieces were together, I finished the project with one more coat of  polyurethane .

And then once all of the pieces were together, I finished the project with one more coat of polyurethane.

For more detailed instructions on the couch sleeve, be sure and watch the video. I'd love to see pics of yours if you decide to make your own. Thanks for watching! 

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