Sofa "Baseboard" Hides Ugly Cords & Mechanics

Miami Pat
by Miami Pat
8 Materials
6 Hours
The back of our reclining sofa is visible from the from the dining room. Unfortunately that means that the two electric cords, power strip and some mechanics are visible at the bottom. I finally made a fix - a "Baseboard" for the sofa!

This is the back of the sofa. Great that it reclines on both ends but so very ugly from the back!
Block attached to stained board
Sanded (150 then 220) and stained all wood. Most time spent staining on both sides and top then waiting for it to dry. Make sure to wipe off excess. I was learning and left it on too long. But due to humidity, I was still able to wipe it off later. It really highlights the wood grain. spray painted the metal brackets and screw heads black - took 30 min to dry. Unnecessary (save yourself almost $4 or use paint on hand). Drilled pilot holes and attached blocks to each end.
One bracket in the middle to stabilize
Added a bracket in the middle to stabilize. Probably wasn't necessary to it seemed like a good idea.
Covered table to protect it
"Baseboard" in my garage on the makeshift work table after all parts are connected.
Didn't finish bottom. Easy to spray
Sprayed with polyurathane and let dry.

Finished product
Here it is installed. Much better view. It sits up by itself after sliding it into the back. The side blocks just seem to disappear. I've been thinking about putting an inspirational quote on the baseboard but not sure. That will have to be a different project.
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  • Wanda Dregalla Wanda Dregalla on Aug 26, 2017

    Why is the sofa covering your heating vent on the floor? It is a kool idea.

  • Alyssa Schell Alyssa Schell on May 14, 2018

    Hey, I was wondering; does it stay in place if you recline the couch?

  • Pegflaig Pegflaig on Aug 21, 2018

    Why didn't you just push all the cords further under the couch?

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  • Celia Aragon Celia Aragon on Aug 23, 2018

    Nice, it looks complete. Do not add anything else to it, inspirational or not.

  • 16999903 16999903 on Sep 13, 2018

    What's the saying? "Form follows function!" I love it because it looks like it's suppose to be there, but it also serves a purpose! Great minds!!!