My husband worried that anything in this particular spot behind the sofa would potentially block the flow through the kitchen to the back door, but I knew I had to try something…our “outside” shoes were lining up here like a “shoe parking lot” and the grass, leaves and dirt they deposited drove me crazy!! I wanted to find a way to corral the outdoor gear and as a bonus I now have a large horizontal surface to decorate with the seasons! After searching (mostly online) for a “just right” table with a “just right” price tag with no luck, I drew up some plans based on what I saw and liked online and we built this 6ft. long sofa table using basic lumber supplies from Home Depot for about $57 and 2.5 swear words.. The money was spent on 2 x 4 and 1 x 3 lumber – we already had the wood screws, stain, paint, and “L” brackets to attach the top. Brian spent 1.5 swear words on creating the “X” pattern (he wanted to get a little more practice with his router and we figured this was a simple project to do that – this also added a bit of time spent!) and the other swear word was spent on creating the spacing between the slats on the lower shelf. The garage was HOT (it was September) and it took a few tries, but once we finally got it figured out we found a little strip of scrap wood to use as a spacer. A little tip though, wait to attach these until after you have stained/painted them for easier access to the sides of the wood! The frame was assembled using wood screws and a Kreg Jig, and the slats with just a nail gun. Oh, and the galvanized planter buckets are from Ikea.. So far, so good, no bruised hips or stubbed toes on the way to the backyard – and those buckets collect all of the “grit” instead of my socks -yay!