Hackers Help

Published on February 15th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Hacker Help: How do I hack a table like this (part 2)?

Materials: Unsure, please help!

Description: In the same vein as a previous post, I found an incredible desk/table on Boing Boing (I’m sure many Ikeahackers readers are also fans of Boing Boing), and I’m sure the fine people of Ikea Hackers can figure out a way to recreate it (and I’ll be trying it myself anyway, but why not get a little brainstorming going?).

Now, the original is a table/desk re-purposed from an old door. The beauty comes from the versatility and simplicity: lies flat for dining, a simple hinge and support opens up half the table to reveal storage.

So how can we put this together with help from our fine friends at Ikea? Thanks in advance for your ideas!

See more of the old door desk.

~ Sal, Orlando, FL

“Love, love, love the desk too. My thoughts, probably the Granas dining table can start as the base. Finding the doors will be the tough part. Pax doors are too long and perhaps too polished to achieve this look (unless you’re ready to cut and distress them). A Numerar countertop cut to size may look quite good.” ~ Jules

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10 Responses to Hacker Help: How do I hack a table like this (part 2)?

  1. Jean Vitrano says:

    I’ve got the Granas dining table, my son left it at my house. It is missing the legs, any hacking ideas?

  2. d_glynn says:

    Sal I look forward to seeing your hack :)

    For a coffeetable use the HEMNES, roughly the same instructions as above

    Personnly I think it would be easier to stick with solid wood, rather then working with metal, as it offers more flexibility.

  3. Anna says:

    The table looks great… but I’m wondering how practical it is? The lamp needs to be taken off before you can “close” it, and the items in the “pockets” are probably going to fall out. Basically, it doesn’t look like a very good dining/work table solution if you’re going to switch between the two functions once or twice daily.

    But anyway, you’ll get the same sort of frame/legs from the Torsby table. If you want the rusticish look of the original then get some planks at your local wood shop and stain them. Perhaps you can keep the original table top of the Torsby as a “bottom” and add a second surface on top of it. That would prevent things from falling out of those “pockets”, make the structure more stable, and probably be an easier built overall.

  4. The Torsby is probably a good option to start with but another possibility might be the Meltorp, We have two Meltorps that we use as desks and they are pretty sturdy. Paint the legs with (probably only Dutch) Hammerite. Suits the doors!

  5. These are all great ideas, thank you! So far, d-glynn’s might be my favorite, as the metal frame part of the hack is really low on my list of priorities.

    As for the coffee table, it seems the KLUBBO has a metal frame/multiple top setup like some of the big table suggestions. Now that I think about it, I may like this even more as a coffee table!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I would like to hack this table as a coffee table. Any suggestions?

  7. d_glynn says:

    Start with the BJÖRKUDDEN.
    Cut the top down the middle to one side of the dowel holes, and assemble. Ideally make this cut at a slight angle so that it can open without catching on the fixed part of the table top – otherwise you’ll need a small gap between the two table top parts.
    You now have a table frame and half a table top, and a lose half of a table top.
    Lay remaining table top half in place and add a hinge to the outside edge of the table frame. I’d go with something like a black wrought iron hinge. Alternatively a piano hinge could be used and hidden between the top and frame – some additional work, a grove in the underside of the top, would be needed to keep this half of the top at the same height.
    Then use a stick like they have to keep it propped open. And mount some additional bits underneath to hold random things. With a little care they can also be Ikea and be removable – if you keep them under ~4inches deep they would be hidden from the outside when the desk is closed.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The big problem is, that you have to use a frame! Since Ikea does not offer real table frames (as far as i know) you should use maybe the vikka moliden U legs, and connect them with a long slat of cheap wood. on top of this u simply place 2 doors. maybe Hemnes. the interieur is just limited by your own creativity.

    • Anonymous says:

      For the frame you can use the TORSBY. It’s a whole table, but because it has two different tabletops to choose from, the frame can be bought separatly I think.

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