Rolling C End Table or Sofa Table

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 11/09/2010 - 19:17
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This simple little C table makes a modern nightstand or a quick snack table. Rolls under the couch to put a laptop in your lap.

Its funny how the simplest designs can take on new life with just the right shade of oooops paint.

I've had this design drawn up and even printed out and on my work bench for quite some time now, but it just seemed to simple for the smart people that read our blog.

And it is almost too simple.  But check this out.

She rolls . . .

She serves dinner.  She checks email.  She entertains laziness.  Laptop anyone?  Or chips and dip?  I must say, I LOVE this table.  I know I say that quite often, but this table took just a few minutes to build, took color incredibly well, and is super functional.  I guess I kept thinking it was too simple considering the other DIY project in the photo . . .

We'll get to that when I finish staining the feet.  (PS - this couch is special, it holds a storage compartment and is made from a paint drop cloths, an old camping pad, recycled stuffed animals, and scrap 2x4s and plywood).

Today, it's the C table, or as Grace refers to it, the scooter.  And for those of you worried about the strength, the number one reason I built this table before blogging was to test it's strength.  I can't give you a load limit, but I can tell you this: It's built of MDF and my 40 pound preschooler was sitting on the outer unsupported edge while her cousin pushed her around and there was no deflection.  (what is it with kids and wheels?) So we know it can handle a 40 pound live load.  If you have a weight limit beyond that, let me know, and I'll do some testing for you.

Dimensions shown above.


Shopping List

1 – 1×12, 6 feet long (How about using a cheapo shelf that is 12″ wide?)
1 – 1×6, 2 feet long (How about a cheapo shelf that is 6″ wide?)
1 – 1×2, 6 feet long (these are a buck each – ask for MDF for the already primed ones)
4 – 1 1/2″ caster wheels (wheel diameter is 1 1/2″)
2″ wood screws (drywall screws for MDF) OR 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws for pocket holes
wood glue
paint and primer
120 grit sandpaper
wood filler

Cut List

2 – 1×12 @ 20″ (Top and Bottom)
1 – 1×12 @ 21″ (Back)
1 – 1×6 @ 21″ (Center)
2 – 1×2 @ 20″ (Side Footer)
2 – 1×2 @ 10″ (End Footer)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


Step 1


After you have cut all your boards, predrill either pocket holes or countersinking holes and build the box as shown above. Keep outside edges flush. Use glue.

Step 2


Now measure at the top, middle, and bottom as shown in the diagram and mark. Position 1×6 and screw through predrilled holes to secure in place. Use glue

Step 3


The footer on this one is purely decorative. You can use finish nails or screws, and glue. Attach to the bottom.

Step 4

Footer Ends

Attach the footer ends to the bottom and the side footer. You may not be able to reach a direct screw into the back footer – don’t worry. This piece is purely decorative, and glue and screws to the side footer will be plenty.

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
Finish Used
I finished my table by applying a coat of wood filler (been using Elmer’s with great success). Let that dry completely, then went over it with another coat. I also filled any imperfections, as I wanted a super smooth look. Then I sanded with 120 grit sandpaper, paying special attention to the edges. Very important to clean your work space with a vacuum and wipe clean your project to remove any sawdust. Then I primed and added two coats of oooops paint (Valspar premium satin). Done!


Rachelle (not verified)

Wed, 11/10/2010 - 02:42

+And by the way, love the 'you can build this room' feature. It's really nice to see finished projects in finished rooms. So inspiring.

cathy (not verified)

Wed, 11/10/2010 - 02:58

Oh you tease! You designed us an upholstered sofa? loveseat? chair? All of the above?? Can't wait to see the plans!

Robin (not verified)

Wed, 11/10/2010 - 03:30

OH MAN!!! I cannot wait to build this!!!! Thanks, again, Ana for coming through with another amazing plan.

Kate (not verified)

Wed, 11/10/2010 - 04:22

I must say, I was interested in the side table, but now that you hint to use about the couch... I can't WAIT to see that finished!

Amy K (not verified)

Wed, 11/10/2010 - 05:31

This is PERFECT for this stupid laptop my husband has permanently sitting on one of the end tables! I love usual! Thanks for the continued inspiration!

Anna (not verified)

Wed, 11/10/2010 - 07:00

I knew it!!! I've been thinking.. pretty soon she will try her hand at seating for indoor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are buying a house this spring.. am I more excited for the house or the fact I plan on building everything for it room by room!!!! Everytime I am tempted to "pick up" storage at Target for toys or books ect. I visit your site for a better more quality DIY project!!!

aklenox (not verified)

Wed, 11/10/2010 - 07:32

Love it! Once again you have made something that looks complicated into such simple plans.

We have a large sectional in our family room and I desperately need to get rid of the coffee table which is not kid friendly. I figure I can make one for each section and they can be moved around as needed.


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