I was looking for a way to add arms to both sides that were lower and would hold the cushions in place. I was originally thinking I would purchase the ÄPPLARÖ armchair for $45 and attached the chair arms to the sofa.
But when I finally was able to go to my local IKEA (closed due to Covid-19), they were out of the armchairs. 🙁 So I started to look around for something else to use instead. I found the gate-leg table on sale for $59!
I cut the legs on the middle section down about 6″. I used the side leaf as a guide and didn’t actually measure it.
Then, I assembled the middle section using IKEA’s instructions. On what will be the inside of the table arm, I removed the hinges. But used the outer side hinges to attach the leaf, per the instructions.
I decided to keep the functionality of the gateleg leaf, although I will probably never put it up as it blocks the stairs to the yard. But I like the clean look of the slats on the side.
I lined up the legs of the middle section of the table to the legs of the couch and secured them with a couple of screws.
On the other side of the sofa, I used the other table leaf as the arm, since I have limited space there because of the table and chairs.
I used the original arm as a template to drill new holes and secured it using the hardware that came with the couch.
Really love how it turned out! It required minimal modifications and offers tons of functionality.
Now, I have a place to set my cocktail and my cushions stay put.
How long and how much did it cost?
The couch had been purchased last year and was $590.00, the gateleg table was on sale for $59.00, and it took about an hour to complete.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.