White, wood, or fabric glue
Many years ago, when I sewed for an upholstery shop, I was responsible for making arm covers for every sofa, love seat, and chair, that came through the place. The covers were placed over the arms to offer extra protection from the wear and tear normally associated with those areas of the furniture. Arms of couches and chairs get a lot of use and that’s why I decided, all those years ago, to make wooden arm covers. Each cover is actually a small table that can protect the arm of a furniture piece, offer you a place to put your drink and snack, and is removable. Your sofa or chair will hold up for years when you make an arm table – or more than one.
I’ve seen arm tables where the crafter has to take three pieces of wood – all different sizes – and hinge them together. That’s a lot of trouble, particularly if you don’t have woodworking tools. To make that type of arm table you have to measure and cut wood, screw in hinges, and more. But there’s a much easier arm table that you can make. It’s cheap, efficient, and really simple to create.
Cut a rectangle of lightweight cloth to back the wooden table. The cloth should not be slick or stretchy; a good choice of cloth is linen. Cut the rectangle to be as long and as wide as you want the arm table to be.
At a craft store, purchase pre-cut wood pieces. You can find them, sold in bags of several, and they’re available in various sizes. Look for a rectangular shape, thin, and about as wide as a ruler (slightly more narrow is fine). All of the wood pieces must be the same thickness, width, and length.
Lay the cloth out and glue on the first wood piece. Use a paintbrush to apply white glue, fabric glue, or wood glue, to the cloth. Lay the wood piece in it. Apply glue again and lay the next wooden piece. As you put the wooden pieces on the fabric, don’t butt them together, but leave tiny cracks between them. Those tiny spaces will allow the arm table to bend and mold to the shape of the sofa or chair arm.
Use the arm table to cover the arm and protect it, to set a beverage and/or snack, and to do other things, such as play cards, or rest a book. Any time that you want, take the arm cover off, and roll it up to store it.