Frosta sidetable

Published on January 29th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Another Frosta Side table

Frosta side table

Materials: Frosta Stool

Description: We needed something to hold our drinks while on the couch. We live in a small apartment so we didn’t want a coffee table that takes up floor space. But didn’t want to pay $199 for the STOCKHOLM side table.

I saw a few Frosta hacks on this site and I thought I’ll do my own one. Only costs $14.99 (AUD)

Frosta Stool
Cordless Drill
Drill bits

(No extra materials required. Just the frosta including screws)


Frosta side table

Frosta side table

Frosta side table

1. Assemble only 1 leg of the Frosta
2. Position the bottom 3 legs as shown. Make sure the long end touches the floor so that it doesn’t topple.
3. Drill two holes in the sides (I counter-sinked my holes so screw doesn’t stick out) of the bottom three legs and fasten screws in holes (at this point, make sure you make the stand lean back a bit. Because the weight of the top will lean it forward)
4. Now you should have two bits, the top and the legs. Position top bit on top of legs at desired height.
5. Drill holes at the side of the legs into middle stem that’s attached to table top and fasten screws in those holes.

Voila! I use it for drinks, snacks, meals, remotes and laptop.

~ Eyescreamer, Australia

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Jules Yap

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21 Responses to Another Frosta Side table

  1. Nikki says:

    Now that the Frosta stools ARE AVAILABLE IN THE U.S. AGAIN….I’m going to try this. I just wish he’d come back and tell us the final height of the table. His couches look lower to the ground than my sofa so I want to make sure there will be clearance under it.

    Did anyone catch that? Frosta is available in the U.S. again! I was just at the Ikea in San Diego last weekend and picked one up. They’re also showing up on the website again after being absent for years. YAY!

  2. Lydia says:


    Great hack! How tall is the final table?

  3. S SR says:

    One major thing you forgot with you directions … a BEFORE picture. I have no idea what this is transforming from.

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  6. Kerrie says:

    Frosta had to have been available in the US within the last 5 years, because these were common in dorm rooms when I was in college.

  7. Anonymous says:


    Great hack, quick question before I try to disassemble my frosta and recreate….does your version wobble at all, or does it seem pretty stable when using it as a side table? Thanks…

    • Eyescreamer says:

      It does feel a little wobbly but you’ll find it’s more stable than you think. It will sway if you’re cutting a steak on it but it’s definitely fine for light things like remotes, drinks & snacks. We’ve even put heavy water jugs on it and it’s never toppled or wobbled out of place by itself.

      Just make sure the long end of leg is on the floor and your screws are in nice and tight. But not so tight that it splits the wood.

      One other thing I recommend, when assembling the final stages, have the vertical section lean back slightly. Then it will straighten up when you put food/weight on it. So in it’s default position without any load, the tabletop is slanting slightly towards the leg attached.

      All the best! Feel free to ask any more questions.

    • meagain says:

      Great idea. Thanks very much, this worked fine for me. I was searching for inexpensive speaker stands (about 70 cm high) for my two 5.1 rear speakers. They are passive and very lightweight, so I did not hesitate to try this hack. Although I think one may use two more screws than are packaged with Frosta. You may need two for the top, two one each side of the top-leg and two on each side of the food-leg. Since I expected to screw the first try up (which I actually did) I bought three Frosta stools. After getting two done right, I had some leftovers. So I did a second “stage” under the top of the first sidetable with the top and one leg of the third stool. So the speaker is on the top shelf and the remote on the bottom shelf.

  8. Susan Anderson says:

    Absolutely brilliant. I especially love how it just uses the product. Nothing else. Brilliant. I am going to tackle a couple of these at the weekend. Thanks a lot for the post. Have been sending this to a few people who I know could use these. Thanks again!

  9. L.Grey says:

    Thank you!

    This is exactly what i need and dreamed a day ago :)

  10. Kamianta says:

    Frankly speaking these tables are … well… bulky may be right word. I thought about making Frosta Side Table too and plan to shorten legs and reassemble them so that they could hold table on armrest. Main idea like here but table will be round :)

  11. Anonymous says:

    I woke up this morning, and I thought that today would be the day that I ended it all. I was in a dead end job, no money and a crippling addiction to paper back novel sniffing. I found a 2×4 under my bed and decided I would smash myself in the face with it until death took me. As this process would take a long time, I put a CD in my mini-hifi to listen to. It was Looking For – The Best of David Hasselhof (the track ‘Hot Shot City’ is particularly good) and a sudden wave of inspiration hit me. I convulsed, and this convulsion sent my laptop flying off my bed side table, where it fell open, and this wonderful website shone out of the screen, burning my retinas with it’s beautiful creativity. I clicked into this ‘hack’ and was shocked and horrified. I invented this hack WAY, WAY before this guy did it. I was sickened and saddened. 5 hours later, I am now a ghost, making this comment. It’s also too expensive to realistically achieve. Minus 10 out of 5.

  12. Chris Henryon says:

    Dats too expensive!

  13. LAMinator says:

    This is the sexiest hack I’ve ever seen. 11 stars from me. Genius! What will he think if next!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Functional, simple, and aesthetically pleasing! I’m impressed. I wish they carried this in the US.

  15. Eric Scitt says:

    This is exactly what i came on here to look for… It was the first thing I saw. Unfortunately i can’t find the Frosta stool at Apparently they don’t offer it in the U.S.

  16. Anonymous says:

    smart simple and awesome hack!

  17. Anonymous says:

    What a great idea, looks nice! One thing I thought of when looking at the pictures is that you could fill in the screw-holes with some blonde/tan wood filler….and maybe even add a touch of clear gloss polycrylic on top of the filler. Would probably make the tables look even more sleek.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Very cool! Great job!

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