I needed more craft storage in my small abode. A custom behind-the-sofa console with shelves seemed the best option, but with my limited budget, abilities and tools, making something from scratch was disaster waiting to happen. So, two small second-hand bookcases, lumber cut at a big box store and some thrifted wallpaper resulted in this:
With labels, of course.
Some versions I had seen online had electrical outlets integrated into the top but that was beyond my capabilities. A power bar hung on the side works just fine.
These are currently my less-used supplies, and the sofa is on wheels, so I can easily move it when necessary.
Instead of attaching the bookcases to the shell, I glued a thin, narrow ‘lip’ to the top and sides to prevent it from shifting. The brass corner braces are just for show - I suspect without the bookcases holding it up, the whole thing would collapse!
Gluing the ‘lips’ to the top:
Now, I just need to finish some of my many, many WIP and use up some of this ^%$#!
I forgot to mention, putting the couch on wheels (actually, they are casters) means I can also fit some of my SABLE (Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy) of fabric/refashions under the couch!
This is a great idea! Out of sight storage but easily accessed!
off to buy a couch on wheels so I can do this too
This is excellent! That lip around the top is really smart and just makes it look like a behind-the-couch table. Everything is so nicely organized, too. Haha…I spy a “labels” label!
This is super clever. Well done!
Custom made furniture! Not only clever and practical, but also pretty! Love that you came up with a solution.
I actually think need and limited time and money sparks the creative spirit. When you have to think about a way to make it work, having limitations really forces you to think!!!
What a clever idea! I want a couch on wheels so I can do that, too!
This is amazing. I have so many supplies in my living room. I need to find a clever way to hide them. This looks so good. No one would ever guess that you had so much back there, or that you made it. You get a round of applause from this girl!
Thank you! Ah yes, my OCD tendencies on display for all to see!
This is really neat! What a fabulous and inspiring project!
Thank you. You’re right, having constraints forces you to explore different options. I really enjoy coming up with solutions but sometimes my results are, uh, disastrous.
This is cool! I like the doubling up the narrow bookshelves… and now I’m suddenly wondering if something like this is the solution to my problem where I have thus far utterly failed to get anything to prevent the couch getting shoved back to where it covers the air vent…
That looks great! And is super convenient for placing drinks. Or a small knit/crochet WIP. Or both!
I put any hand sewing there, so maybe I’ll remember to do it while I watch TV. I don’t put anything on it that might spill, as it’s covered with painted wallpaper, I’m worried it might not hold up! Luckily there are tables nearby for beverages.
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I really love this idea! And a sofa on wheels makes this absolutely perfect !
What a clever idea! Looks great!