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!


Rochelle (not verified)

Thu, 11/18/2010 - 12:23

I can't tell you how excited I am about this project! Our couch is too big for our space so we have no room for any end tables and our huge ottoman is in the place of a coffee table. Didn't plan well, did I? Well, we are just renting. Anyway, I've been wanting an end table so that drinks weren't accidentally spilled anymore. I have the perfect spot to roll this to when not in use but someone wants to sit there. Now, if only I could have made that couch before buying the one we have life would've been a lot simpler! Thanks!

Josie (not verified)

Fri, 12/10/2010 - 05:35

I love your site and your ideas! Great job!
I am going to try and make this for my bed and see if I can add hinges so that I can fold it and tuck it under the bed when I am not using it. Will let you know how it goes!

AJ (not verified)

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 07:55

Hi Ana,
First I love your blog and your hard work is appreciated.

I really wanna do this as my first project, but I'm very very beginner at this so I have a few questions that may be stupid.

I'd like to adjust the size of this to make it fit my laptop & a mouse, probably 2'x2'. Do I need to make the center piece larger too or will a 1x6 work still?

And where do the screws go? On the main part, I guess from the top into the back piece right? What about the center piece? And how many screws did you use on each part to secure it? I know, I'm clueless!

Celestina (not verified)

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 14:40

Thanks, that's exactly what I was looking for.
I saw it around a year ago and forgot to bookmark. Now I spent the last few days searching the net for that awesome endtable.
I'm very glad I found it again and will start building it tomorrow.

DIY Dork Kevin (not verified)

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 17:16

Love this design! Ever since college, I've had a fascination with plywood & casters. And since I've been getting CB2 catalogs... my mind's been spinning with ideas. This one is definitely going on the "to do" list. :)

MAB2012 (not verified)

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 14:39

This is awesome! I can't wait to try making one for me. Just one question--where do you pre-drill the holes for the screws to attach the pieces? I'm assuming in the back piece, but I'm new to this and want to me sure! Thanks!


Sun, 05/05/2013 - 06:37

Wonderful illustrated information. I thank you about that. No doubt it will be very useful for my future projects. Would like to see some other posts on the same subject!
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Fri, 04/01/2016 - 18:36

Admittedly, it LOOKS like my first build but I feel SO victorious here, I know it won't be my last.  I'm a little obsessed with plywood, so that's what I used for mine.   THANK YOU for your site.  I have dozens of projects saved from here and now that I've purchased a small arsenal of power tools (and a kreg jig), I can finally start living the dream.  

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