How to Build a Modern Couch with Table | DIY Project

How to Build a Modern Couch with Table
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Have you ever thought about making a couch on your own? How would you feel if you construct a thing which serves a dual purpose? Just imagine having friends over, some of them want to watch TV while others want to use counter for their work, well with this tutorial you can easily create your own multi-purpose masterpiece and the best part would be you don’t have to worry about quality of goods used as it will entirely be made by you.

Oh, wait did you realize how much money you can save by making this drool worthy couch with a table on your own? It has a Table built in counter along the back which has enough space to keep your laptop and continue with your work or you can also have your food on it.

This step by step tutorial will guide you how to make this couch on your own. So let’s get started.

Items Needed for this Project

Here is the list of materials and tools you will need to complete this DIY woodworking project.

  • Structural Frames
  • 2 X 4
  • 2 X 10s
  • Lumber
  • One 12 foot long 2x10
  • Three 2x4s
  • Plywood
  • Two sheets of ¾” thick sanded pine plywood.
  • Minwax Polycrylic
  • Screw Driver
  • Construction Adhesive
  • BEHR Interior Paint
  • Foam Cushions
  • Leather
  • RYOBI 18 Volt Cordless Drill
  • RYOBI Circular Saw
  • RYOBI Orbital Sander
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

You can easily find the above-mentioned material from your nearest hardware store. As the material is very generic in nature and also you can search online as well for good rates and can buy it from there. The only thing you have to make sure is the quality of the hardware products you are buying. If the quality of the products would be good your drink table would last long! So I would suggest you buy it from one of the trusted stores.

Step 1: Cutting Plywood

I will cut three-quarter inch thick plywood with an angled blade. I will use a circular saw for all the cutting in this project. In this step I will cut plywood in angled measurements just to get it down to size, final cuts will be made later on.

Cutting plywood in angled measurement

Cutting three ¼ “plywood

Pro Tips

  • Avoid making final cuts in the very first step so you have the margin to alter the size later.
  • Make sure to keep plywood on a flat surface so you are able to cut it without any hassle.

Step 2: Cut the 2x10s

I will now use pencil and ruler to lay out the design on 2x10 and then use my circular saw to make the cuts. Your circular saw should be quite powerful with fresh and powerful blades so your cuts come out straight and smooth.

Use pencil and ruler to lay out the design

Use circular saw to make the cuts

The cuts should be straight and smooth

Pro Tips

  • Set the blade range before cutting. Decide the sharp blade profundity by unplugging the saw and holding it nearby your board with the blade guard retracted.
  • Enable the cutoff to fall away uninhibitedly. Continuously ensure the finish of the board you're slicing is allowed to fall or move away freely.
  • Brace plywood for cutting. Crosscutting plywood without supporting it over its whole length can make the saw tie or the plywood lacquer to tear or splinter as the cutoff piece drops.

Step 3: Cut the 2x4s

I will use the first pieces that I cut to mark the lines on 2x4 but if you have miter saw that can

Cut a 20-degree angle that might be a lot easier.

Mark the lines with the help of first pieces that you cut

Pro Tips

  • Be careful while using the Circular saw.
  • Measure everything in detail.

Step 4: Assemble the Frames

I will use a little bit of constructive adhesive in between the frames before we screw the frames together with 2 ½” long and 3 ½” long finish screws.

Then I will use the level to make sure that top part of the frame is parallel to the floor before driving the final screws.

I will use the first frame as an example for constructing the second frame.

At the end of this step I will cover the screws with wood putty to give it a neat finish; once the putty is dried I will sand and flush. Then I am going to paint the frames with BEHR interior flat/matte paint in the color “Silver Hill”.

Using constructive adhesive between the frames before we screw them

Drill holes and insert screws

Use level to make sure that top part of the frame is parallel to the floor

Use frame 1 as a base for frame 2

Use wood putty to cover up the screws

Sand down and flush

Paint the frames

Pro Tips

  • Using constructive adhesive to stick before drilling helps in making drilling easier.
  • Sand down and flush can be done by hand too but it is much easier when done with orbital sander plus it gives a smoother finish.
  • You can opt for any other color for painting but make sure to use good quality paint for durability, neat finish and long lasting.

Step 5: Field Measure then Cut the Plywood

I will then measure plywood pieces with the frame and mark the location for the final angled cuts, I have used weights so that plywood stays still and I can use both hands on the circular saw.

Mark locations for final angled cut

Use weights to hold the plywood

Pro Tips

  • You can use any other heavy object too instead of weights.
  • You can use measuring inch tapes to measure easily.

Step 6: Assemble the Sofa

First, we will place the seat of plywood on the frame and mark the location to place the screws

We will then screw the pieces of plywood to the frame one at a time using 2” long finish screws.

The lower front piece was screwed next. Then we tested pieces for the back and counter piece and found out that one of the frames needed to sand down a little bit with orbital sander so I toned it down.

Place seat piece of plywood on the frame and mark the location where we want to drive screws

Screw the lower front piece first

Sand down one of the frames little bit

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Drill the back piece

Drill the counter piece

Pro Tips

  • Make sure that a large portion of the screw thread to draw in a pilot opening in the thicker piece of wood. Utilize heavier screws for more prominent holding power.
  • A little grease on the threads of the screw will ease drilling. Soap or light wax helps the threads slip effectively through the wood.
  • Hold the drill in line with the screw, press the tip tightly into the screw head and turn on the drill for perfect screw fitting.

Step 7: Putty the Screw Holes and Sand the Plywood

Once everything is intact with screws, we will use wood putty to fill the holes left by screws as soon as it had dried we sanded it flush to the plywood. We used an orbital sander to smooth down the edges and round over the edges of plywood a little bit.

Use wood putty to cover up the screws

Sand and flush the plywood

Smooth and round over the edges

Pro Tips

  • Close examination of a bit of wood uncovers pores in the surface that shape an example called the grain. Continuously sand toward the grain.
  • Wood dust from sanding will bring about issues if it's not expelled from the surface before recoloring. Dry clothes or brushes aren't the best instruments for evacuating dust. Rather, utilize a tack material, a sticky bit of cheesecloth made particularly for this reason.
  • Position the piece so that the surface being sanded is level and at an agreeable height. For a spotless complete sanding, hold the sanding piece level, applying an even weight while moving forward and backward in the same direction as the grain.

Step 8: Seal the Plywood

We used Minwax polyacrylic to seal the plywood.

Step 9: Cover the Cushions with Leather

We will take a piece of foam which is the size of our couch, buy good quality leather. Now cut the leather a little bigger than the size of foam, we will wrap the leather around our foam and then I use a special leather punch to create holes and reinforced the holes with ¼” grommets, we then use strings from one end to the other end to tie the leather.

Cut the leather

Create holes with a leather punch

Reinforce the holes with ¼” grommets

Use string to lace up the leather around foam

Pro Tips

  • Buy good quality leather and foam for longer durability.
  • You can use other fabric too instead of leather like canvas or jute.
  • It is easier to clean leather as compared to other fabrics.

Step 10: Finish and Test

I was worried about people leaning on the counterpart in tripping the sofa over when nobody was sitting on it but a little bit of testing showed that middle frame was doing its job and providing back support.

Step 11: Optional Side Table

As I had scrap pieces, I decided to make a mini side table with scrap pieces of 2x10 and plywood, these were leftover pieces from cutting the frames, I just trimmed, glued and painted them. Glued this scrap little piece on my couch and had a great surface for my remote control or beverages.

Measure the size

Trim wood according to the size

Paint and glue it on the couch


Here is the link to the source YouTube video that inspired and helped me to write this wonderful step by step tutorial for ZigZag Sofa (Modern Couch). We appreciate the efforts of the constructor in the video as well as video makers.

This video was created and uploaded by HomeMadeModern. Their team members show step by step procedure in the video

Helpful Tips

· Use only good quality material as it is the key to building durable furniture.

· Learn all sorts of drilling technique before starting with the project.

· Keep children away from these tools.

· Learn proper use of the tools.

· Make sure to measure everything accurately in order to maintain a balance between different frames.

Ensure your stain or paint has a waterproof sealant, as you don't need splurging on your couch any longer than it as of now will. Above all, give everything a lot of time to dry before putting your cushions or sitting on it—you don't need any stain to rub off on your new cushions. From that point forward, appreciate a mid-year of relaxing. Making your own couch allows you to have many options, you can compare my options back to back before making a decision of how to start constructing. It’s so easy to do with sofas. And what you will like most is that your sofas can be customized. You typically get to choose the fabric color and the wood color. Plus there is a lot of room to customize the size to fit your space. surely you will love having choices!

Hope you must have enjoyed this step by step tutorial as it quite detailed which makes it easier for you to construct your dream multi-purpose couch. Just give it a try and let us know about your experience whether it was easy to construct or you faced some difficulty? How did it turn out in the end?

Let us know in the comments if your friends like it or not. If you consider this zigzag couch with table an amazing addition to your house then forward this simple DIY tutorial to your friends by sharing it. I enjoyed making this tutorial because I’ve made this couch myself by following these steps and trust me it turned out great; everybody loves it in my house.

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  • May 1, 2017
  • DIY