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02-23-2019 09:34 PM

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Hi, I am a Newbie! I need some guidance from the experts out there. I have been asked to build a Sofa Table, with the dimensions of 6’ Long x 7” wide and 33” in height. I have not started this table yet. It is a very narrow table and I want to make sure it is stable. I am looking for suggestions on the style of table legs for stability.
Do the measurements make this impossible to make a stable table. I appreciate all suggestions.
Being a Newbie, I hope this, my first post, is where it belongs .

-- Husky, Missouri


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#1 posted 02-23-2019 11:22 PM

7 is pretty darn narrow. I make a sofa table where the base is 10.75. I’d be worried about 7. Find a way to attach it to the wall or sofa or something.

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#2 posted 02-23-2019 11:34 PM

Can you have the legs made of 1” x 2” steel tubing in a trapezoid patten so they are wider at the bottom than at the top? I just finished a 14’ x 8” sofa table with those legs. I bought the legs off of Etsy. It is very stable.

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#3 posted 02-23-2019 11:44 PM

Will they let you splay out the legs beyond the 7”? I think that is about the only way to make something that tall and narrow be stable. I made a semicircular one It’s about 60L x 30 H x 14 wide at it’s widest point. It’s only about 5” wide at each end. It’s stable, but I doubt it would be if it wasn’t as wide as it is at the center.

-- tel

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#4 posted 02-23-2019 11:46 PM

Weight down low, hidden under a bottom shelf might get you there.

-- tel

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#5 posted 02-24-2019 12:14 AM

Or a trestle base with wider feet

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#6 posted 02-24-2019 12:58 AM

.thanks to all of you for your help.the footprint of the legs has to stay small. as Gittyup said proper weight placing may be the answer.will let you all know how it turns out

-- Husky, Missouri

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#7 posted 02-24-2019 01:26 AM



.thanks to all of you for your help.the footprint of the legs has to stay small. as Gittyup said proper weight placing may be the answer.will let you all know how it turns out

- husky

It’s going to take some serious weight!

-- tel

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#8 posted 02-24-2019 03:36 AM

Sounds like a giraffe table. You really should do a mock up. Because the problem with looking right and stability might be impossible.

-- Aj

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#9 posted 02-24-2019 05:08 AM

I would express my concern and if they want it, build it. A light delicate table will move easier and be less tippy. Big feet will increase friction so the table stays put but is more likely to fall over. This may seem counterintuitive but think about it, something lightweight will skitter if bumped. You can also try to add weight at the bottom or bracket the feet to the floor.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#10 posted 02-24-2019 06:49 AM



Will they let you splay out the legs beyond the 7”? I think that is about the only way to make something that tall and narrow be stable.
- Gittyup

Think of a sawhorse. Very stable, ugly as a mud duck, but very stable. However I agree that at just 7” wide it needs something to keep from being top heavy. I think if it had a 7” top, and splayed legs with a 10” lower shelf close to the floor it would be tank proof. Just not real sure how to pretty that up for inside furniture though.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 02-25-2019 03:10 PM

I’ve actually built something like this for behind my couch. It may be 8” or 9” wide, but it’s still 2.5’ to 3’ tall. (It’s been a while – before I ever joined LJ, so I don’t have any pics). It was completely made of plywood, even the legs which were 1”x3/4”, I believe. My wife made a fabric cover for it so no one can see the ugly plywood.

The two legs on each end have a stretcher between them, then a single log stretcher between those to keep the legs from splaying.

It sits between the couch and a wall, so it has never tipped over. Though we’ve never had an issue where it would lean on either. It has always been fairly stable. I’ll try to grab some pics and measurements tonight.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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