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.