Published on December 30th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Lift coffee table

Materials: VIKA AMON

Description: I made a coffee table lift (# 1) using a VIKA AMON plate and a trestle (in any hardware store) which I adapted some curtain rods to make it slide (# 3 and #4). So I can transform it into a table to eat (# 2)


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37 Responses to Lift coffee table

  1. Sam says:

    In what freaking universe is there a pre-built piano stand ready to be purchased from “any hardware store”?

  2. Dino says:

    This could serve another purpose, one that i´ve been contemplating for quite some time, it can be used as a stand up desk, with adjustable height. I going to try that.

  3. Dino says:

    This could serve another purpose, one that i´ve been contemplating for q

  4. Cindy says:

    This is perfect for us! and I was able to find a piano stand that goes as low as 17″ and up to 36″, it also appears you can add holes for height adjustments if you wanted to go lower. however it only holds up to 120 pounds so I am not sure it will be that steady.

  5. Nancy says:

    Wow — fantastic! This solves a major decorating dilemma for me. Thank you!

  6. Patricia says:

    I have been trying to figure out how to do this for ages! I can’t sit very long and my spouse is considerably shorter than me, making sharing a computer station impossible! Ive priced tables that adjust and they are expensive. Im getting my key stand stand today!

  7. Anonymous says:

    It almost looks like an ironing board base. wonder if that would work. Talk about your multi tasking furniture. Love it.

    • Daniel says:

      The idea is similar to an ironing board (which you could use for a similar purpose), but it can probably hold more weight since it’s really a keyboard stand. Also, I’ve found that most keyboard X-style stands like this can get a little taller than your typical ironing board.

  8. Catherine Todd says:

    This is a great idea, and I really like the idea of using the “Hercules ez-lock keyboard stand its a double X and has no knob it just lock automatically and its really sturdy!!!!” Found it on Amazon and can’t wait to get started!

  9. NoNo says:

    To Cindy : Glad you like it. Sure you’ll enjoy make it AND use it !

  10. Cyndi says:

    i have been looking for hours online for a solution to my studio–a coffee table and a dining table was going too be too much furniture in my 325 sq. foot studio. this is a fantastic idea–i absolutely love it, Noelle!

  11. evaone says:

    got an idea about this post. i love the coffee table and i want to have one.

  12. Positively INSPIRATIONAL!!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Just an idea:
    What if you connect the uppert part of the X with springs?

    With this springs, the X will close itself, and you don’t have to lift the table!

  14. lynne says:

    I was going to ask the same question about the curtain rod brackets. I’m in the U.S., and have no idea where I could get brackets like this (at the depth needed for the keyboard stand – I scored one for free on Craigslist!)

    If anyone knows of a source for those of us in the US, please post.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Where did you get the curtain rod stand-off brackets?
    Is there a parts list available?

  16. Anonymous says:

    I like it innovating and inspiring I am going to try this but with wood under carriage cost should be about the same thanks for the idea

  17. You are my hero! I am short and can never find a table that is the right height for me – this could very well be my answer!!

  18. Anonymous says:

    I got a really nice hercules ez-lock keyboard stand its a double X and has no knob it just lock automatically and its really sturdy!!!! If your worried about it not being stable get this! The only draw back is it doesn’t go super low only 20.5in which is fine for me!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Hello, do you feel the trestle is as sturdy as traditional table legs? Just worried that the table will topple over if enough weight is put on it…

    Love the design.

  20. We have been using this exact same idea in our last flats for about 5 years !

    In fact you can get more versatility by not attaching the base to the table top.

    By flipping the X base on it side (the X is now horizontal) and resting the top on the now vertical tubes it can provide for a very sturdy platform that can withstand much more weight.
    My artist wife has been using this as a posing platform for her models for years now and it did support my 160 pounds from time to time…

    We have used it extensively as a coffee table (in front of our sofa), as a Japanese dining table (where you sit on the floor), as a lounge table (where you sit on the sofa and comfy armchairs, one of my favorite setting ), a dining table (siting on regular standard chairs), as previously said, flipped on it side, as a platform for art models to stand or to lie on and finally as a disappearing piece of equipment by hiding the flatten X under the sofa and resting vertically the table top against a wall behind a curtain and some plants…

    • Grace says:

      Hello. It would be a great help if you could give me an illustration on how to do it. I have tried so hard to understand the instruction but i really can’t. I would like to make one and make it sturdy as you suggested. Thank you in advance for your help.

  21. Anonymous says:

    This is brilliant!

    The only suggestion I have to make it look a little less DIY is to spraypaint the trestle black.

  22. Adam Beck says:

    you could even just attach it to an old ironing board. Might not have quite the stability unless you give it a wider stance but it’s quite easy if you have one laying around.

  23. Anonymous says:

    this my dear friends – gave me exactly what i needed. already had the inspiration and the idea but just didnt know how / what to use. i was thinking of using the bottom of an ironing board. (my application is different) – BUT SAME EXACT IDEA! Thanks for sharing this ESPECIALLY to the person that suggested to search amazon for keyboard stand.

  24. NoNo says:

    @ Laura : The height of the coffee table is what you want it to be ! The trestle has a lowering minimum about 5 cm. The adjustment is made with guts on the wheel of the trestle crossing. The maximum height is about 1,20 m.
    Enjoy !

  25. Laura says:

    I am in love with this! Thank you so, so much for sharing this, this is exactly what I need.

    Could you please tell me the height of the coffee table, and the size of the tabletop that you used? I’m also not sure if I understand how the trestle works, does it just snap into place at a certain height?

  26. Bramhall says:

    This is a fantastic idea… imagine the possibilities like foot stands! Wish we had this in the UK.

  27. Anonymous says:

    The trestle is available on for Keyboard stand..

  28. Anonymous says:

    Thank you.. i will look in diy stores around here in USA.. But if anyone else in US know where to find a trestle like this I would really appreciate it

  29. To respond to “where to find trestle” :
    in any “do-it-yourself” stores. In France we have : CASTORAMA, BRICOMARCHE, or furnitures stores like BUT, CONFORAMA, ALINEA…
    Enjoy !

  30. Anonymous says:

    That is freakin brilliant. Perfect solution for our lack of sufficient eating space when entertaining. Beer pong option is not a desire for us, so I find it seriously functional.

    Seattle, WA

  31. Anonymous says:

    very cool.. i would like to do one but I donno where to get the trellis.I searched online in home depot and lowes.But didnt find it.. could u tell me where to find one.. Thanks..

  32. use a longer table and get it a little higher and you’ve got an even more useful table. Setting 1 – coffee table. Setting 2 – Dinner table. Setting 3 – Beerpong table!

  33. Apa says:

    This is a great idea! I may have to do this one.

  34. Olivier says:

    Oh, great ! I had the same idea but without the rods. Maybe I will make this improvement.

    I use a piano stand as trestle (RTX RX40, good looking and stable) with a 120x60cm Vika Amon.

    • Daniel says:

      You will definitely want the rods or something similar, or else your tabletop will fall right off your stand while you are trying to adjust it.

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