Floating Sofa Table From Reclaimed Barnwood

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3 Hours

The small seating area on our main floor is a bit of an odd layout. After moving the L-shape couch from our family room into this area recently, it was too large for the space and also covered the air intake vent. I kept pulled it away from the vent, but every time someone sat on it (even our chubby dog) it would slide back up against the vent.

Covering the air intake vent

I needed to find a solution to keep the couch away from the vent. My first though was a sofa table, but having done that in the family room I noticed that every time the couch bumped the table it left a mark on my freshly painted wall! 

I googled and found out that furniture should be a minimum of 10 inches away from the intake vent. I had a pair of shelf brackets that were one foot deep, so I decided to create a built-in sofa table using those brackets. 🥚


The first thing I did was go onto Marketplace to find places selling barnwood. There was a farm only eight minutes away where I found a board the width and height I wanted. I had brought my bracket and it was the perfect fit. The farmer trimmed the piece to the length I wanted – eight feet.

So many options

Fortunately, it was a short drive!

Tight fit in my little car


I sanded the board using my orbital sander with 80 grit paper. And then again with 220 grit to smooth it all out. 



While sanding I noticed a large nail in the board. I used pliers to bend it straight and pull it out the other side. I think the nail hole adds character, so I didn’t bother filling it.

Removing the random nail


After sanding, I placed the bracket on the board…and the board was too wide!! I assume I must have placed my bracket on the section the farmer cut off! With the help of my friend Ron, we ripped 1/4 “ off the board using a table saw. My saw is missing the guide arm so we clamped a board to the saw to guide the barnwood for a straight cut.

1/4" trim


I stained the board with dark walnut to match the other surfaces in that space. The gel stain was old and had turned runny so I used a brush to apply it and then wiped off the excess with a cloth.



I applied wood finish, using a brush – 3 coats.



I attached the brackets to the wall, drilling each bracket into a stud. I lined it up so the board would be at the same height as the wood frame inside the couch, to act as a bumper.

Attaching brackets to the wall

Once it was all in place I wasn’t loving how the couch looked in front of it - it seemed awkward because the shelf was longer than the backrest on that side of the L shape. So I turned the couch so the backrest width matched the length of the board and I felt that looked better.

Floating barnwood sofa table!
Stylizing still needs a little work. :)

I think this was a quick, easy and inexpensive solution to my runaway couch problem. And if things ever go back to normal, I’ll buy a new one that fits the space better. 😊

Are you done yet, mama?


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  • Beverly Beverly on May 23, 2021

    I want to put concrete tile on the outside vertical position. I plan to place plywood over the damaged sides. Will I be able to place the tile on that plywood, or do I have to use concrete backing, also?

  • Louise Louise on Sep 09, 2021

    What colour is your couch; looks grey til last pic then is a lovely blue.

  • Patti Patti on Apr 05, 2022

    I’m curious why you put the bracket on display instead of turning it over & attaching underneath the board then to the wall where it would be out of sight?

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  • Sue Nolder Sue Nolder on Apr 05, 2022

    Excellent idea!!! I love it! 😁

    An idea came to me while I was reading this article ...

    I was thinking that if the shelving brackets, or wood, starts to damage the couch, you could, maybe, slice one side of the pool noodle lengthwise, and slip it along the outer edge of wood to protect the fabric of the couch. You could even glue fabric to match your decor so that a purple pool noodle (or whatever color the pool noodle is) wouldn't stick out so much. Or not ... it's just an idea ... 🙂

    • Valerie Burge Valerie Burge on Apr 05, 2022

      Thank you, Sue! 🥰

      That's a really great idea with the pool noodle! Although I haven't had any issues with it damaging the couch (or the wall) so far. It's been just over a year since I did that. (Where did that year go!?) But if I have any issues with that in the future I'll certainly keep your idea in mind. Thank you! :)

  • Millie Millie on Apr 05, 2022

    Beautiful Tranformation!