A Coffee Table Added to the Riley Collection

DIY Plans to Build a Riley Coffee Table

Previously, I posted plans for the Riley End Table, a table featuring X detail at each side. The DIY plans to build a Riley Coffee Table feature the same X detail at the sides, with a shelf below. This is another excellent plan for beginners – the X detail pieces are very easy to construct plus the table can be completed in a weekend!

DIY Plans to Build a Riley Coffee Table_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 2 – 2×2 at 6′
  • 3 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 2×2 at 20″ – X Detail
  • 2 – 2×2 at 10″ – X Detail
  • 2 – 2×2 at 8-11/16″ – X Detail
  • 4 – 2×2 at 15″ – Side Framing
  • 4 – 2×2 at 19-1/4″ – Legs
  • 4 – 2×2 at 33″ – Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 15″ x 33″ – Shelf
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 19″ x 37″ – Top

DIY Plans to Build a Riley Coffee Table

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs, the framing, and the X detail. Mark the angles for the X detail by drawing a line across the board at the dimension given, then drawing another line from the corner of one end of the piece to the end of the line on the opposite side. Cut the angle using a jigsaw or a bandsaw.

With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill one pocket hole each end of the angled pieces as shown. Assemble the X detail using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Drill pocket holes in each end of the framing pieces. Secure the framing pieces to the legs as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Insert the X detail piece into the frame (trimming the angles, if necessary), then secure the X detail to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

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Step Two

Cut the pieces for the stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the stretchers to the leg frame assemblies using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Riley Coffee Table_Stretchers

Step Three

Cut the piece for the shelf. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the shelf to the stretchers using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The top face of the shelf will be flush with the top face of the stretchers.

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Step Four

Cut the piece for the top. If using edge banding, it will be applied to the top before securing the top to the frame. The top will overhang each side by 1/2″. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Riley Coffee Table_Top

Finish as desired.

The coffee table and matching end tables will make a perfect addition to any decor! They are easy to construct, and (if finished properly) would be excellent outdoors on a deck or patio! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Riley Coffee Table? Leave a comment below!




Ottoman to Match the Carlsbad Chair

DIY Plans to Build the Carlsbad Ottoman – the Perfect Companion to the Chair!

Previously, I posted plans for a new seating collection with the first plan being the Carlsbad Chair. If building the chair, like I am in process of doing, why not build the matching ottoman? The DIY plans to build the Carlsbad ottoman are super-easy and include simple upholstery instructions – if you can sew a straight line, you can sew the basic box cushion for this ottoman! I am still so excited about this collection!

DIY Plans to Build the Carlsbad Ottoman_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/2″ screws
  • 4 – 4″ furniture legs with mounting plates
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 1 – 1×6 at 6′
  • 1 – 1×6 at 8′
  • 1 – 2×2 at 4′
  • 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 11-1/4″ – Legs
  • 2 – 1×6 at 21″ – Frame
  • 2 – 1×6 at 28″ – Frame
  • 1 – 1×6 at 22-1/2″ – Center Support
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 24″ x 31″ – Top

For the Upholstery:

A 1″ or 1-1/2″ memory foam twin-size mattress topper would be perfect to pad the frame of the ottoman. The mattress toppers are quite inexpensive and easy to find.

  • Foam to cover the frame
  • Spray adhesive – I recommend 3M Super 77 (my favorite!)
  • 3-1/2 yards of 54″ wide fabric
  • 1 – 24″ x 31″ piece of 6″ foam (I purchase mine on eBay!)
  • Hook and Loop tape
  • Zipper for cushion closure, optional
  • Upholstery tack or decorative gimp (trim)
  • Stapler & staples (a pneumatic stapler is fabulous for upholstery!)

DIY Plans to Build the Carlsbad Ottoman

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs and the frame. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the frame pieces. Attach the frame pieces to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The outside face of the frame pieces will be flush with the outside faces of the legs.

DIY Plans to Build the Carlsbad Ottoman_Frame

Step Two

Cut the piece for the center support and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the support to the longer frame pieces as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build the Carlsbad Ottoman_Support

Step Three

Cut the piece for the top. Spread glue on the top edges of the frame pieces, legs, and support. Position the top, then secure in place with countersunk 1-1/2″ screws through the top into the tops of the legs, the frame pieces, and the center support.

Finish the legs as desired!

DIY Plans to Build the Carlsbad Ottoman_Top

Step Four

Cut a piece of the 1″ or 1-1/2″ foam measuring 31″ x 37″. Spray the top and the longer frame pieces with the adhesive and position the foam. Secure the foam to the underside of the frame pieces, trimming the foam around the legs.

Cut two pieces of foam at 6-1/2″ x 24″. Spray the side frame pieces with adhesive, then position the foam. Secure the foam to the underside of the frame pieces, trimming the foam around the legs.

 

Step Five

Cut a piece of fabric measuring 37″ x 44″. Mark the position for the top and sew or glue one side of the hook and loop tape to the right side of the fabric. The hook and loop tape will attach to the cushion to help keep it in place so that the cover can be washed. Drape the fabric over the foam, folding where necessary (like at the corners), and secure to the underside of the frame pieces with staples. A few staples can be added down the folds at the corners then covered with upholstery tacks or gimp.

DIY Plans to Build the Carlsbad Ottoman_Base Foam & Fabric

Step Six

I have created a tutorial on how to make a basic box cushion. Follow the tutorial to make the cover for the 6″ foam piece. Sew or glue the other side of the hook and loop tape to one side of the cover, matching the position of the hook and loop tape on the fabric on the top of the frame.

DIY Plans to Build the Carlsbad Ottoman_Cushion

As I build the pieces in the collection, I will include photos which will make the upholstery how-to a whole lot easier! If there are any questions about the DIY plans to build the Carlsbad ottoman, leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!




New Seating Collection Plans – Build a Carlsbad Chair – Revised

DIY Plans to Build a Carlsbad Chair – the First Plan in a Whole New Seating Collection!

I am really excited about this new collection. Yes, it is based on a design from a popular furniture store and although the furniture is inexpensive, I still think it can be built for less! Let me introduce you to the Carlsbad collection – furniture pieces that can be built as a single unit or together to create the ultimate seating! The DIY plans to build the Carlsbad chair are easy to construct and I’ve included instructions on adding the upholstery! Trust me, there is nothing intimidating about this plan… I am definitely adding it to my “to build” list!

DIY Plans to Build a Carlsbad Chair_Copy

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Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 1-1/2″ screws
  • 2-1/2″ screws
  • 3-1/2″ screws
  • 4 – 4″ furniture legs with mounting plates
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 1 – 1×4 at 4′
  • 1 – 1×6 at 6′
  • 2 – 1×8 at 8′
  • 4 – 2×4 at 8′
  • 1 sheet of 1/4″ plywood
  • 1 sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×4 at 36″ – Arm Sections, Top & Bottom
  • 4 – 2×4 at 20-1/2″ – Arm Sections, Sides
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 20-1/2″ x 33″ – Arm Panels
  • 2 – 1/4″ plywood at 23-1/2″ x 36″ – Arm Outer Panel
  • 2 – 1×8 (ripped to 7-1/4″ wide) at 26″ – Seat Frame
  • 2 – 1×8 (ripped to 7-1/4″ wide) at 34-1/2″ – Seat Frame
  • 2 – 1×8 (ripped to 7-1/4″ wide) at 24-1/2″ – Seat Frame Supports
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 26″ x 36″ – Seat Deck
  • 2 – 1×6 at 12-1/2″ – Back Sides
  • 1 – 1×6 at 26″ – Back Frame
  • 1 – 1×4 at 26″ – Back Frame
  • 1 – 1×4 at 23″ – Back Frame Support
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 15-5/8″ x 26″ – Seat Back

For the Upholstery:

The entire frame will be covered with 1″ foam and fabric. The back cushion will be made with 4″ foam, and the seat will be made with 6″ foam. I like to purchase the high-density foam for cushions on eBay. A  1″ foam mattress topper will be much more economical to purchase for padding the frame.

The seat cushion will measure approximately 26″ x 30-1/2″ and the back cushion will measure approximately 17-3/8″ x 26″.I have written a tutorial on how to make a basic box cushion that is easy to follow and requires minimal sewing skills.

  • Duct tape
  • Spray adhesive (I recommend 3M Super 77 – it is the best!)
  • 7 yards of 54″ wide drapery fabric, canvas, or cotton duck
  • 1 – King-size 1″ foam mattress topper
  • 1 – Twin size 1″ foam mattress topper
  • 6″ foam at 26-1/2″ x 30-1/2″
  • 4″ foam at 17-3/8″ x 26″
  • 2 – 48″ upholstery zippers or velcro
  • Contrasting thread
  • Stapler and staples (if you have a pneumatic stapler, that would be best!)
  • Upholstery nails or decorative gimp (trim)

DIY Plans to Build a Carlsbad Chair

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the arm frames and panels. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter arm pieces. Assemble the frames using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in all four edges of the panels. Insert the panels into the frames and secure using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The outside face (without pocket holes) will be flush with the outside face of the frame.

DIY Plans to Build a Carlsbad Chair_Arm Frame & Panel

Step Two

Install the mounting plates for the bottom of the legs on the bottom of each frame locating the plates 1″ away from the front and back faces of the frames.

Cut the 1/4″ plywood pieces for the outer panels. Secure the panels to the open area of the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails. Set the arm frames off to the side.

DIY Plans to Build a Carlsbad Chair_Arm Legs DIY Plans to Build a Carlsbad Chair_Arm Outer Panel

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the seat frame. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the longer pieces. Assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Cut the pieces for the supports and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the supports to the frame as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Carlsbad Chair_Seat Frame DIY Plans to Build a Carlsbad Chair_Seat Frame Support

Step Four

Cut the piece for the seat deck. Secure the seat to the frame and supports using glue and 1-1/2″ countersunk screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Carlsbad Chair_Seat Deck

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the sides of the back. Cut the angle using a jigsaw, a bandsaw, or a tapering jig on a tablesaw. Drill pocket holes in each end.

DIY Plans to Build a Carlsbad Chair_Back Sides

Step Six

Cut the remaining pieces for the back and assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The front edge of the center support will follow the angle of the sides of the back.

Position the back frame on the back edge of the seat. Secure the frame to the seat using glue and 2-1/2″ screws. The screws will be positioned through the bottom of the frame into the back edge of the seat frame, and also through the front edge of the frame into the support closest to the back of the seat frame.

DIY Plans to Build a Carlsbad Chair_Back Frame 1 DIY Plans to Build a Carlsbad Chair_Back Frame 2

Step Seven

Cut the piece for the back. Secure the back panel to the back frame using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails. Set this piece off to the side.

DIY Plans to Build a Carlsbad Chair_Seat Back

To upholster and assemble the chair:

Use the duct tape to cover the edges of the wood before applying the foam. This helps soften all of the sharp edges and corners so that the wood doesn’t cut through the foam and upholstery.

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Arm Sections:

Finish the legs as desired. I spray painted the legs on my chair. Cut two pieces of foam to cover the arm sections. The foam will be cut in one piece covering the side, over the top of the arm, and covering the other side. Secure the foam to the arm sections using the spray adhesive. Cut four strips of foam to cover the front and the back of the arm sections securing in place with spray adhesive.

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DIY Plans to Build a Carlsbad Chair_Arm Upholstery 2

The fabric for the arm sections will be sewn together to create a box to slip over the arm section, and will be secured to the bottom of the arm section. Cut four pieces of fabric measuring approximately 25-1/2″ x 38″ for the sides of the arm sections. This measurement includes 1/2″ seam allowances. Cut four strips of fabric at 5-1/2″ x 25-1/2″ and two strips of fabric at 5-1/2″ x 38″. Sew the strips together (end to end) to create the front, back, and top of the arm as follows: sew a 25-1/2″ strip to the end of a 38″ strip, then sew a 25-1/2″ strip to the other end of the 38″ strip. Pin the strips to one of the pieces of fabric for the arm section – the seams will match the corners of the fabric. Sew the other arm section piece to the other side of the strip matching the seams to the corners.

DIY Plans to Build a Carlsbad Chair_Arm Section Fabric

Slip the fabric over the arm sections and secure to the bottom of the arm section frame using the stapler and staples. The fabric should fit snugly.

Seat & Back Section:

Cut a piece of foam to cover the front of the seat frame, the seat itself, the back, and the top of the back frame. The foam will be flush with the sides. Secure the foam in place with spray adhesive.

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Cut a piece of fabric measuring approximately 29″ wide x 96″ long. The fabric will overlap the sides by approximately 1-1/2″. Starting at the front of the seat frame, staple the fabric to the bottom of the front. Drape the fabric over the seat, up the back, and over the top of the frame securing the fabric at the sides of the seat and back.

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Assemble the Chair:

Lay one arm section on a flat surface with the 3/4″ panel facing up. Lay the seat and back section (on its side) on the arm section. The lower edges will be flush as well as the front of the arm will be flush with the front of the seat frame. Secure the seat frame and back frame to the arm section using 2-1/2″ screws through the 1×8 of the seat side into the lower 2×4 of the arm section.  1-1/2″ screws can be inserted through the upper area of the seat side into the arm section panels.

Place a few 2-1/2″ screws through the back sides into the back 2×4 of the arm section. Also place a few 1-1/2″ screws through the back sides into the arm panels.

DIY Plans to Build a Carlsbad Chair_Assembly

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Secure the other arm section to the seat and back in the same manner.

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Set the chair upright on the feet. cut a piece of fabric to cover the back of the chair. Fold the edges of the fabric in (about 1/2″) and secure to the back of the back frame sides using staples. Cover the staples with decorative upholstery nailheads or hot glue gimp in place.

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To Make the Cushions:

Follow the tutorial How to Make a Basic Box Cushion to create the seat and back cushions.

The other pieces in the collection will be posted in the coming weeks – I’m so excited! If you are in the market for new seating, building your own is definitely the way to go! If you have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Carlsbad chair, leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

Click on the drawings below to see the upcoming plans for this collection!

DIY Plans to Build a Carlsbad Chair_Seat Back Foam