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Published on March 1st, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Bench and coffee table in one

It’s a bench but Melanie makes it do double (and triple) duty as a coffee table and some times computer table. I like that the “tables” are removable and can be repositioned to where you want them to be.

This is an Ikea hack I made some time ago. As I’m not a big fan of couch tables – and a very big fan of putting your feet up high when sitting on the couch. Though I write a cook blog, I am generally a creative and crafty person: I write, I sew and crochet and I occasionally build my own furniture.

My “coffee table” consists of an Ikea zebra bench (I think it’s out of range now, it was in the office department), a white version of Flort remote control pocket and 2 simple U-shaped tables made out of plywood from the hardware store.

For the U-shaped red tables, I went to the hardware store with the measurements of the zebra bench. There, I had sets of plywood cut in the exact right size, bought metal brackets, Spax screws and red acrylic paint – and built those U-shapes at home in an afternoon. Now those little tables can be removed from or repositioned on the zebra bench – and each table has the exact size for a laptop or an A4 paper plus some room for a cup or a glass.

After that, I cut the straight part off the Flort remote pocket so that all was left were the pockets themselves. Some stitches to prevent the fabric from unravelling and then I pinned it with lots of fixing pins to the short end of the zebra bench. Now the remotes have their home.”

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

5 Responses to Bench and coffee table in one

  1. Mel P. says:

    Hi there, thanks for the nice comments!

    The couch is not IKEA but from poco-Domäne, a discount furniture store in Germany. It’s chenille and imitation leather (which is good, as my cats don’t like scratching it).


  2. Anonymous says:

    Tell us about the couch

  3. Exceptionally creative. It’s especially useful for small spaces where less is more. Nice.

  4. DJinny says:

    Smart Ideas!
    Love the patterns, i would never be able to combine so many myself, but it does look cool!

  5. Sofia says:

    I’m impressed. It’s so crazy and stylish at the same time!

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