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Published on June 6th, 2008 | by Jules IKEAHacker


a train in your coffee table

steffen builds a model train inside his ikea coffee table, vinninga.

train settrain settrain settrain set

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28 Responses to a train in your coffee table

  1. Hörnchen says:

    OmG, this is so awesome – love it! :)

  2. Amy says:

    What a amazing idea! The table looks so beautiful. Does the train spin around on the tracks as well?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wow, my favorite hack yet!

  4. D. Victor says:

    This is so cool, I will defiantly make something like this for the fact that I love model trains

  5. Anonymous says:

    Wow Thats look more then fantactic Congratulation !!! just super

  6. Ninotchka says:

    That is gorgeous!

  7. liz says:

    wow, that’s…. really cool.

  8. Beck says:

    This is one cool idea – I can see it being used as a kids train play area as well – with the wooden tracks you can buy from Ikea – it would keep the play nice and tidy.

  9. when i saw the picture, i thought it was a ruler. hehe

  10. Adam says:

    Wow! Awesome! I’ve been looking for a way to incorporate a small train layout in my house (wife does not know this yet) and this might be the only way. Can we get more info? Is that N scale, or HO, or something else? Where is the power/transformer/controls? Is there a glass top? Dust management has been the biggest thing stopping me from making a permanent layout thus far. How long did that take? Thanks.

  11. Steffen says:

    Hello Adam,
    glad you like it. The whole thing (including decoration) is N scale. The power transformer/controls is under the table. The table has a glass top, so no cleaning needed. Took about two weeks to built it.
    Greets Steffen

  12. Mike_GA says:

    Which IKEA table is that? What is the depth on the inside?

  13. steffen says:

    The name of the IKEA table is “vinninga”. The depth is 3,54 inches (9 cm).

  14. Blurg says:

    I don’t even love model trains, but I would be ENTRANCED by that table were I to encounter it! Nice job!

  15. Stazzy says:

    Beautiful, amazing. What an idea :D

  16. tomreil says:

    Hey Steffen… This is an real work of art, congrats!

    I wan tto build one too, been looking for a coffee table to suit, but Ikea no longer lists this table. What are the dimensions of the table – length and width?

  17. Derek says:

    Fantastic idea! I want one! Is the RAMVIK the right one for this now? Pity my trains are all HO size tho…

  18. Mary and Bob says:

    LOL – I better not show Bob this or he’ll make a G-Scale version. lol

  19. quba says:

    I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  20. Anonymous says:

    this is seriosly cool – i have a load of 00 size but have no more space left on my set – this is a great idea! if only i can find a big enough coffee table for a 5 by 8 ft set…

  21. Anonymous says:

    I like that idea.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Id like to see more pictures as i plan on building my own version.

    Layout etc


    Toronto Ont.

  23. Erez says:

    Hey steffen
    Can you tell me the train set model and scene name or better yet a link?
    Grat work !

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  25. abdul manik says:

    great work superb detail, im jealous

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