How to Build a Functional Shelf Hidden Behind Your Sofa

Hide chargers & snacks, beverages and remotes - but keep them accessible and within reach!

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We got our new sofa and wanted to put a small shelf behind it to store things like cold beverages, snacks, remote controls etcetera...

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Don't forget to measure how much space you have for building

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Measure the space you have behind your sofa.

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Make a plan

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What you see: Orange: Wine Coolers // Red: Boxes // Blue: Frame underneath // Purple: Top Shelf

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You can also model it (this was done with Home Design)

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A basic model without the wine coolers.

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Gather material! (We already had everything but the wine coolers)

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For the top shelves we were able to use an old desk slab. You can have it cut at the hardware store.

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Mount the top shelves using L-brackets

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My wife wanted to do the wiring...

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Put the H-shaped shelf in place. This is basically two short pieces of wood and a longer one in between.

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Mount the other top shelf.

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The electrician forgot something...

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Done!

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What it does:

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There are two hidden spaces underneath the top shelves now. A bigger one for snacks...

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... and a smaller one that collects cables and has a power outlet behind it.

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The remotes are held by something called 'FLÖRT' - the stupid name indicates it can be found at any IKEA ;)

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You can place beverages, glasses and your coasters between the hidden compartments & your chargers are also at hand.

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Finally we drilled a 10cm Ø hole in the rear shelf and put in one of the wine coolers. This is what it looks like below the shelf...

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Here is what it looks like on top: Neat & clean, holds a 1-liter bottle and keeps it cool for about two hours. You can easily take it out for cleaning.

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Even the dog has a new small cave. He likes to crawl under tables & beds...

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