Coffee & Side Tables

Published on September 12th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


KNUFF Transformable Coffee Table

Materials: KNUFF Magazine file X 4 sets, rotating artist stool, shelf insert, liquid nail.

Description: I was looking for the perfect coffee table for my mini seating/TV area inside my room, and after weeks of analyzing every Ikea’s product, I finally came out with this hack.

The size of this KNUFF coffee table is great for singles where you don’t need a huge coffee table, or to place it in your room where space is limited, and its just the perfect size for your cosy reading corner. And the best thing is all four sides can be used as drawer units for all your magazines, books, and controllers etc.

The KNUFF magazine file comes with 2 piece (one inside the other). You can use this feature to change the shape of the table anyhow you like. The KNUFF table is quite solid and sturdy and works just like any other tables. Just don’t put dumbbells on it. :)

This is an easy hack for everyone with no heavy duty works involved. All you need is liquid nail to secure everything in place like in the picture, then screw your artist stool under it. If you don’t have an artist stool, you can substitute it with a FROSTA stool and a SNUDDA Lazy Susan to make it rotatable.

Thanks for your time and hope you all like it!

~ Kenneth Yeoh, Malaysia
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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".

46 Responses to KNUFF Transformable Coffee Table

  1. Diana says:

    I cannot remember where this was linked from in a Facebook posting. Something about 19 ways to use magazine containers for storage. This ism’t exactly it, but close. Do you know what link it was from? Thanks

  2. Bev says:

    Definitely one of the most creative and unique furniture pieces I have seen.

  3. Darlene says:

    It looks kind of frail. Can you really place stuff on top of it–coffee mug, books, etc?

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Extremely creative ! I can’t stop looking at it …

  6. Hi Imchaser Ken – I’d like to use one of these images on my website in an article about IKEA Hackers. Please let me know if I have your permission!

  7. Anonymous says:

    very creative!

  8. Anonymous says:


  9. Anonymous says:

    Great idea, I’m gonna make one. I don’t need it but, I just want it.

  10. Shayna says:

    Love this! Just thought I’d mention though that the Knuff magazine files are now listed as $9.99 for 2, not 4, on the IKEA website:

  11. Jeff.L says:

    It’s the simple yet brilliant ideas that I really respect. You have my vote for hack of the year!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Seriously brilliant.

  14. Wohnblog says:

    This is a really great hack. I consider doing it, too.
    Einrichtung at it’s best.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Crazy cool!
    I like it more when the material from Ikea is used in a different way in the hack than its original purpose.
    So this blew my mind off.

  16. imchaser says:

    Hi all! Good Day!

    Wow, im humbled by all the great responses for my hack! Thanks for all the feedbacks and suggestions….

    This simple hack was born because myself dont have anything handy like driller and cutting materials saw etc living in a small studio. So the process was as simple as possible, i guess thats whats make this hack so accessible. Any non-handyman can do it in the weekend as their little project and u have a nice mini table with storage at the corner of your room! Hugs.

  17. chereen liu says:

    Great Ideal! Im sooo gona try this!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Love the scandinavian-industrial and playful look of this hack. Made me smile.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Quite creative, nice design and achievable by the average gal.

  20. Anonymous says:

    bravo !

  21. Wow this table is amazing…. this is a great hack!

  22. Anonymous says:

    This is awesome – I love it! Might I suggest, if you can’t find a suitable stool, Craigslist often has cheap or free swivel office chairs. Get one where the upholstery is thrashed, and just remove the seat top and use the base.

  23. Michael Beatrice says:

    Great idea! I may do this myself!

  24. Anonymous says:

    FIERCE competition between this and the Frosta XYZ series. They have the awesome mock manuals and this has a page that looks right out from a page in the catalogue… lol.

    • Lulu says:

      I agree! These two are serious contenders for Hack of the Year. Well done – it’s brilliantly creative and slap-your-face simple! I may just have to steal your idea for my living room :)

  25. Magnolia says:

    Superb !!!!!

  26. Anonymous says:

    It’s just 4 magazine files laid out to be a table top. This is too simple to be hack of the year compare to some serious work featured here. Don’t think the stool is from ikea. Am I missing something here?

    • Anonymous says:

      You’re missing that this is NOT a blog on craftsmanship, but rather a blog on creative ways for using / reusing IKEA’s products (with the possible addition of other products / tools).

      I think that using a (set of) magazine file(s) as a table top is creative, especially because of the artistic shape that imchaser gets out of them.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree, that the degree of difficulty of a hack should not be a qualifying factor in grading the quality of a hack. This website is not called IKEA handyman.

      Look at 10 Best of 2011, there was a kitchen skimmer – soap dish hack that made it I believe to 3rd place and it competed against some seriously crafty hacks, but people who voted for it(I included) really appreciate out of the box creativity in combination with a great looking end product.

  27. Anonymous says:

    FINALLY!!!! An inspiring hack. Sweet job!

  28. Carla says:

    Very nice! :)
    I bought a rotating wooden stool at IKEA in Germany a couple of months ago. Very cheap! You could use that instead of your “artist stool”. But I do not remember its name and I can’t find it on the IKEA website. Does anyone know about this stool? :S

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  30. metai says:

    This is what I am secretly hoping to see on IkeaHackers all year. Brilliant.

  31. Anonymous says:

    I totally agree, this is a great hack! Sure it has to go in the Hack of the Year candidates!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Crazy cool!

  33. Anonymous says:

    Love it

  34. Barb says:

    My first nominee for Hack of the Year! This is brilliantly simple.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Very creative, love it!

    The asymetrical shape of the Knuff makes for interesting possibilities…
    mhmm… let me think, how could I use my Knuffs in new ways?
    Very inspiring hack!

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