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Published on April 27th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Hacker help: Coffee to Dining convertible table?

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Description: I’m looking to build a coffee/dining convertible table. Convertible furniture is becoming more appealing with smaller condos, but the prices are ridiculous. I think we can do better.

What I’m looking to accomplish is a table like this one (pics above).

Any initial thoughts are welcome!

~ marek, Toronto, Canada

Photos: Modernika.net

Please check out an earlier post and discussion on something similar. Hope it will kickstart some thinking. Here’s the link. ~ Jules

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24 Responses to Hacker help: Coffee to Dining convertible table?

  1. Robertt says:

    I know this is an old thread but did you ever build the table? This is something I’m looking. Coffee table convertible to dining table

  2. Kate S says:

    There are several Bjursta tables that have extendable leaves. One is 36″ square before opening, another 27 x 19. You could shorten the legs, and though it wouldn’t have the raised height in the “popup” may well give you the function you are looking for.

  3. Anonymous says:


    I was looking for the same kind of table as you and found this. Hope this will help you.

  4. Timtom says:

    Marek, I’ve been meaning to reverse-engineer the same table for quite a while now… and I also live in Toronto. If you’re serious about this, please get in touch and let’s see if we can work on this together!

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  6. Anonymous says:

    You could by fe 2 lack cofeetables, and attach the legs of the second table to the first by using hinges.


  7. Paul says:

    What a neat idea, I hate clutter so think this is a great idea

  8. Alexis Marlons says:

    This is perfect for the small space we have at home. At least a dining table would not occupy much of our space.

  9. Anonymous says:

    You could buy the Norden and turn it on its side for a coffee table and put it upright when you want a dining table.

  10. Jenny says:

    My parents had a lift coffee table like Anonymous #2 posted, it worked with metal arms and springs to keep it from slamming down.

    Honestly, if you go with the idea Bertrand posted, I think card table legs would be sturdier.

  11. Anonymous says:

    It looks like Bertrand found the right piece. Now you need to find two friends to buy the other two items and then the price will be reasonable for a “hack”.

  12. Anonymous says:

    What about something like this prior post?

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