Coffee & Side Tables

Published on August 8th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Lift top coffee table

Materials: 2 Lack coffee table

Description: From 2 Lack coffee tables (401.042.94 or 000.950.36 or 101.042.95), one piece of chipboard and 2 gas cylinders for office chairs (non-IKEA). My total cost – 50€.

First, I drilled 2 holes in one of the table tops to fit the gas cylinders. I added a piece of chipboard with smaller holes to enforce the bottom of this table top. I added the second table top plus the table shelf to the gas cylinders mechanism (be aware that mechanism is angled, so you need to correct that angle).

The Lack table legs are hollow, but have a chipboard reinforcement around 20cm from the lower end, I used this reinforcement to create a smaller leg. I used the rest of two of the legs to reinforce also the chipboard from the back of the table.

Since the table was black, I kept in place the black sleeves from the gas springs; but those have a small clip in the head, that can be removed, and the gas spring can be inserted in a Lack table leg, for another table color. This can simplify the table production, since it will not require the perfect circular holes in the bottom table top.

The result:
1. A coffee table useable as a small dining table. You can see the height is not very variable, it increases from 52 cm lowered to 62 cm raised. This is enough to turn it from a coffee table to a decent dining table.
2. Elegant and decent in sizes (all available lift tables were bigger). The main reason that I built this was the table top size. I could get from Kika a very good lift table for around 200€, while the same table in Nekerman’s catalog was 750€, but the table top was too big, so I decided to do it myself.

1. The gas springs are very hard, so I need 2 persons to lower it. I was unable to locate softer ones. Any suggestion will be appreciated here.

~ Constantin Jemna, Bucharest, Romania

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11 Responses to Lift top coffee table

  1. Cristian says:

    O idee foarte impresionanta,mi-a placut si este foarte practic.

  2. Simon Ko says:

    Amazing! What couch is that?

  3. Tony Rex says:


  4. Anonymous says:

    very clever solution…and interesting use on gas cylinders for chairs! I am suggesting to register the copyright!

  5. zain says:

    I think here you could find better options:

  6. Anonymous says:

    This is very good example of the kind of “hack” that most people come to this site in search of. This here is a true hack – not some mirror or chair someone took and “vejazzled” up with beads they found behind the supermarket or that a kindly giant gave them in a fairytale. Constantin- awesome work here, and thanks for keepin’ it real.

  7. Anonymous says:

    How timely. And so smart! I just bought a table like this for $159. I went ahead and bought it because when I found the springs/hinges made specifically for this “lift purpose” they were over $200 just by themselves! However, I can lift mine with just a finger and I have storage underneathe. So, maybe this is just one of those things worth purchasing. Here’s a link to the one I got:

  8. So awesome! I’d love to use my living room TV for web browsing with a media center PC, so this idea is pretty genius.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Very clever! And so functional. Love this.

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