DIY Wooden Sofa Sleeve

DIY Wooden Sofa Sleeve


  • Clamps
  • Hole saw in the diameter of your choice (based on your most used cup diameter)
  • Tape measure
  • Power drill
  • Saw


  • Wooden board cut into three equal lengths
  • Plywood 3mm
  • Wood glue
  • Wood Stain
  • 150 or 180 grit sandpaper
  • Polyurethane


  1. Determine the sizes of wood you will need by measuring your sofa or chair arm. You will need to know the width of your arm as well as the height.
  2. Cut wood according to measurements.
  3. Center the hole saw on one end of your top piece of wood. Mark the middle point where the pilot drill of your hole saw will get the hole started.
  4. Sand the inside of the hole and the top and bottom of the wood, being careful to stay away from the edges and corners.
  5. Apply a somewhat thin layer of wood glue to one long edge of your sideboard. You should use a damp rag to wipe away all seeping wood glue immediately. Wood glue is very difficult to remove after it’s dried, even with heavy sanding.
  6. Clamp the glued sideboard to the bottom of the top board. Before you tighten the clamps completely, make sure the boards are perfectly lined up on the ends and flush at their corners.
  7. Apply a coat of wood stain and allow it to dry for at least 12 hours before lightly buffing away the roughness with a piece of grade 0000 steel wool.
  8. Attach your square piece of thin plywood to the bottom side of the hole using wood glue. Make sure you apply only a light amount of glue because as you clamp it in place, the glue will ooze out.
  9. Seal the sleeve with two light coats of polyurethane. This will protect it from the moisture of cup condensation.
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