How to Build a Functional Shelf Hidden Behind Your Sofa

by Martin Storbeck

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


  • Veneered Plywood
  • L-brackets or Table Legs
  • 3 Wine Coolers
  • 2 Boxes
  • Instructions

    Step 1

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

    Step 2

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

    Step 3

    Measure the space you have behind your sofa.

    Step 4

    Make a plan

    Step 5

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

    Step 6

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

    Step 7

    A basic model without the wine coolers.

    Step 8

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

    Step 9

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

    Step 10

    Mount the top shelves using L-brackets

    Step 11

    My wife wanted to do the wiring...

    Step 12

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

    Step 13

    Mount the other top shelf.

    Step 14

    The electrician forgot something...

    Step 15


    Step 16

    What it does:

    Step 17

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

    Step 18

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

    Step 19

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

    Step 20

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

    Step 21

    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...

    Step 22

    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.

    Step 23

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