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DIY Wooden Couch Sleeve With Cup Holder Tutorial

All you need are a few tools and a little time to make this DIY Wooden Couch Sleeve With Cup Holder. It’s the perfect DIY gift for your coffee loving friend who is a little too lazy to reach and put their cup on the coffee table. For more ideas, check out all of our DIY posts.

And, for an idea of what to give with this gift, check out the end of the tutorial (spoiler alert: It’s Death Wish Coffee … the world’s strongest coffee).

A wooden couch sleeve with a cup in it and the words "DIY Wooden Couch Sleeve With Cup Holder" digitally written on top.

We all have those friends who love coffee. They drink it all day long and love to meet up in coffee shops. So when Christmas rolls around, you instantly think, “I can get this friend a coffee mug.”

And sure. You can. But honestly, that’s sort of a cop out. Unless you know of a coffee mug that your gift recipient is yearning for, don’t get a coffee mug.

Instead, break out your tools, clear your afternoon, and make this Wooden Couch Sleeve with cup holder. It’s a much better, much less basic gift than a mug or a bag of coffee.

But really, you should pair it with a funny coffee mug and some Death Wish coffee (more about that coffee at the end of the tutorial).

DIY Wooden Couch Cup Holder Tutorial

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DIY Wooden Couch Cup Holder Supplies:

  • Tape measure
  • 30-inches ipe wood (or a similar hardwood)
  • Pencil
  • Speed square
  • Miter saw
  • 3-inch hole saw
  • Drill
  • Sand paper
  • Woodworking bar clamps
  • Counter sink
  • 2.5-inch stainless steel trim head screw
  • Impact driver
  • Wood glue
  • Rubber mallet

How To Make A Wooden Couch Cup Holder:

A tape measure measuring the arm of a couch.

Measure the arm of your couch.

There’s a good chance that your couch is different than ours, so you can follow this tutorial, but don’t necessarily follow the measurements. You’ll want to measure across the arm of your couch, then up and down, to come up with your measurements.

Measure across the arm of the couch and see how long of a piece you’ll need to fit across (ours was 8 inches).

Then, measure up from the couch cushion to the top of the arm. You probably don’t want to take up all the space, so measure as much as you want to take up. For us, this was 6 inches.

Now it’s time for a little math.

Our ipe wood is .75 inch thick. We mounted it under our top piece. So, that would take up some of the space underneath. If we cut the wood the length of the space, it wouldn’t fit. So, we needed to add 1.5 inches to it to make the top piece.

Then, we needed to subtract 1.5 inches from it to make the bottom piece.

Your math may be different depending on the size of your couch, but for us that meant four pieces of wood: one 9-inch piece, two 7-inch pieces, and a 7.5-inch piece.

A measuring tape measuring wood on a miter saw.

Now that you have your pieces, measure them from the wood.

A speed square on a piece of wood.

Use a speed square and a pencil to mark your lines.

A miter saw cutting wood.

Cut using a miter saw.

A hole saw cutting a piece of wood.

Take the longest piece of wood. Measure to find the center of it.

Use a 3-inch hole saw to cut a hole in it.

A hand sanding a piece of wood.

Sand down the hole and the edges with sandpaper, if needed.

Wood clamped to a work bench.

Use the bar clamps to clamp together the piece of wood with the hole and one of the side pieces. Measure to find the middle of the board. Mark the spot with a pencil.

A drill drilling a pilot hole in wood.

Use a drill to drill a pilot hole at that spot.

A counter sink being drilled into wood.

Use a counter sink to create a divot for the head of the screw.

A screw being drilled into wood.

With an impact driver, screw in a 2.5-inch stainless steel trim head screw.

Move the clamps around, then add a screw on either side of that center screw.

Remove the clamps.

Clamp the other side panel to the other side of the piece with the hole.

Again, measure, make a pilot hole, make a divot, and add the screw three times.

Wood glue on the underside of a wooden couch sleeve.

Flip the board over.

Add some wood glue on the underside, then place the last piece of wood on top.

A mallet hitting boards of wood.

Use a rubber mallet to hit it into place.

Clamps holding a wooden couch sleeve together.

Clamp the boards together and let them rest for at least an hour to allow the glue to set.

When it’s done, package it with a coffee mug and some Death Wish Coffee.

Two bags of Death Wish Coffee next to a coffee maker and coffee grinder.

Death Wish Coffee:

You know those people who post those “my coffee needs coffee” memes every Monday? They need Death Wish Coffee: The World’s Strongest Coffee.

“How strong is it?” I hear, yelling from the back.

According to my deep dive through Death Wish Coffee’s website, a traditional cup of coffee has about 26 milligrams of caffeine per fluid ounce. Death Wish … has 59. That’s nearly 500 milligrams in an 8 oz. cup of coffee, which is basically 2.5 cups of coffee.

But then, the post goes on to say that espresso has 64 milligrams of coffee per fluid ounce. And I can’t figure what that means for the new (as of this summer) Death Wish Coffee espresso roast, which is what we’re currently drinking.

So, this is not for the faint of heart. And it’s not for the people who drink coffee with their sugar (as opposed to coffee drinkers who drink sugar in their coffee).

As soon as you open the bag, it smells so strong. Even with our coffee pot closed, when I walk by it and the coffee is in it, waiting to brew in the morning, I can smell it. Which is great for me because I love the smell of coffee (the smell of vanilla too, in case you’re wondering).

But, that doesn’t mean the coffee actually tastes really strong.

The coffee is a lot smoother than you’d expect, and it’s not bitter at all. I make it just like I do any other coffee (with a tiny bit of sugar and no milk) and it tastes great. In fact, it tastes like coffee. Which is a funny thing to say, but most coffee doesn’t taste like coffee. It tastes like watered down coffee. So, when I order at a coffeehouse, I usually end up adding a swirl of mocha in my coffee so it tastes like coffee.
If you understand that last sentence and feel it deep in your soul, you need to order Death Wish Coffee now.

A wooden couch sleeve with a cup and a bag of coffee.

Wooden Couch Sleeve With Cup Holder: Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to use ipe?

Ipe is a Brazilian hardwood that’s super durable, super heavy, and sometimes hard to work with. It tends to crack when you’re drilling it, which is why a lot of people don’t really enjoy working with it.
But, it’s gorgeous. And that’s why we like ipe. Our ipe was already this pretty red mahogany color, so we didn’t have to think about staining the wood for our project.

If you don’t want to work with ipe (and some people don’t because it will burn through your drill bits), you can choose another hardwood. Just keep in mind that you will need to stain the wood, which is an additional cost and waiting for it to dry adds time to this project.


Do you have to leave the screws exposed?

Pete’s signature seems to be exposed screws. He absolutely loves the look. If you don’t, you can purchase wood filler to fill on top of the screws to hide them.

Can you add a coaster?

If the wood is too thick and you’re not really able to rest your cups in the cup holder (because the handle gets in the way and the cup is wobbly), pick up a 3-inch cork coaster and just pop it in the hole.

A magazine on a homemade magazine rack.

More DIY Wood Projects:

If you have some wood leftover when you’re done making this project, we have a bunch of other wooden projects you can also make. Check them out below:

Yield: 1 Couch Sleeve

DIY Wooden Couch Sleeve With Cup Holder

All you need are a few tools and a little time to make this DIY Wooden Couch Sleeve With Cup Holder. It’s the perfect DIY gift for your coffee loving friend who is a little too lazy to reach and put their cup on the coffee table. 

Active Time 2 hours
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 3 hours
Difficulty Medium

Materials

  • 30-inches ipe wood (or a similar hardwood)
  • Sand paper
  • 2.5-inch stainless steel trim head screw
  • Wood glue

Tools

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Speed square
  • Miter saw
  • 3-inch hole saw
  • Drill
  • Woodworking bar clamps
  • Counter sink
  • Impact driver
  • Rubber mallet

Instructions

  1. A tape measure measuring the arm of a couch.Measure the arm of your couch. Measure across the arm of the couch and see how long of a piece you’ll need to fit across. Then, measure up from the couch cushion to the top of the arm.
  2. A miter saw cutting wood.Measure them from the wood, use a speed square and a pencil to mark your lines, and cut using a miter saw.
  3. A hole saw cutting a piece of wood.Take the longest piece of wood. Measure to find the center of it. Use a 3-inch hole saw to cut a hole in it.
  4. A hand sanding a piece of wood.Sand down the hole and the edges with sandpaper, if needed.
  5. Wood clamped to a work bench.Use the bar clamps to clamp together the piece of wood with the hole and one of the side pieces. Measure to find the middle of the board. Mark the spot with a pencil.
  6. A drill drilling a pilot hole in wood.Use a drill to drill a pilot hole at that spot.
  7. A counter sink being drilled into wood.Use a counter sink to create a divot for the head of the screw.
  8. A screw being drilled into wood.With an impact driver, screw in a 2.5-inch stainless steel trim head screw. Move the clamps around, then add a screw on either side of that center screw. Remove the clamps. Clamp the other side panel to the other side of the piece with the hole. Again, measure, make a pilot hole, make a divot, and add the screw three times.
  9. Wood glue on the underside of a wooden couch sleeve.Flip the board over. Add some wood glue on the underside, then place the last piece of wood on top. Use a rubber mallet to hit it into place.
  10. Clamps holding a wooden couch sleeve together.Clamp the boards together and let them rest for at least an hour to allow the glue to set.

Notes

Our ipe wood is .75 inch thick. We mounted it under our top piece. So, that would take up some of the space underneath. If we cut the wood the length of the space, it wouldn’t fit. So, we needed to add 1.5 inches to it to make the top piece.

Then, we needed to subtract 1.5 inches from it to make the bottom piece.

Your math may be different depending on the size of your couch, but for us that meant four pieces of wood: one 9-inch piece, two 7-inch pieces, and a 7.5-inch piece.

Did you follow this DIY Wooden Couch Sleeve With Cup Holder Tutorial? Let us know how it went in the comments.

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