Dining 2 way mirror

Published on April 24th, 2015 | by Jules Yap


A hideaway dining table using IKEA mirror

2 way mirror

Materials: Ikea MONGSTAD Mirror and Ikea stool

This is a hack to turn the Ikea mirror into a stowaway dining room table that seats 6 people. Great for people with small apartments but who still want to host dinners/events.


1) Attach two hinges to bottom of mirror
2) Attach two eyelets to side of mirror
3) Attach two hooks to wall
4) Attach mirror to wall via other end of hinges


1) While in the ‘up/mirror’ position, the wall hooks feed through the eyelets and prevent the mirror from falling down.
2) In the ‘down/table’ position, the stool supports the table end opposite from the wall.

hideaway dining table


Optional steps:

1) The back side of the mirror isn’t perfectly level so I glued a couple pieces of cork board down so that the eating surface was uniformly flat.

2) I stapled a cheap water proof liner to the backside (table side) of the mirror. I always lay a table curtain down when in use, so the liner just provides an extra level of defense.


3) I have six foldable chairs that I keep hidden in the closet/storage when I’m not using the table

hideaway dining table

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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".

14 Responses to A hideaway dining table using IKEA mirror

  1. Acacia says:

    Excellent and appears easy enough for even ME to do (which is saying something!!!). I can see me doing this in a room next to a desk, to fold down for extra work space, or in a crafting capacity – something not needed all the time and would otherwise be taking up space. I am very concerned, however, about the pressure on the table top causing the mirror to crack??? Anyone?

  2. donna giblin says:

    Is the stool resting directly on the mirror? Concerned about cracking the mirror. Thanks

  3. Antti says:

    The table cloth looks familiar. I think its made by Marimekko (a finnish brand) and the design’s name is “lumimarja”

  4. spiff says:

    OMG ! that’s the best ‘hack evah ….
    thanks for sharin’….

  5. Lena says:

    AWESOME ! This is pure genius ! What type of hinges did you use, please ? The mirror must be heavy…

    • FL Mom says:

      I wonder about the hinges too. Not only is the mirror heavy, but sometimes, people lean on a table top, and that puts lots of pressure on the supports. It would be a disaster if the mirror fell! I think I’d add a simple brace on that end, flush against the wall, whenever the table is open. Just some matching wood bars joined in an ‘H’ shape that the table top can rest on; a separate piece that gets stashed with the chairs when not in use. Even if the hinge is heavy duty with screws & anchors sunk deep into the wall/studs, I’d like that extra little safety for my guests.

      I think the concept looks great, though. Very clever. It would work with a painting or other flat artwork too, instead of a mirror.

      • B says:

        Great hack! I agree. First thing I thought about was using art/poster instead of the mirror. I’m a Graphic Artist/Designer (can design my own goods) in need of some art to jazz up my rental in my dining area that functions more than just being pretty. This hack is sending me in the right direction!

    • Nick says:

      Thank you! The hinges are very heavy duty, I posted a picture of one on my Twitter account @virtualtseng. I bought them at Lowes and I think they’re typically used for fence doors. I also used beefy drywall anchors on the screws that didn’t meet a stud.

      • FL Mom says:

        OP Nick: Surely you chose the hardware carefully. Don’t mind my previous babbling; that’s just me being paranoid. :)

        Your concept is really, really nice. Other fold-up/fold-down tables just look like tables or odd halfway things when they’re stowed, but the mirror looks purposeful and elegant. Plus it’s enormous! A normal fold-down would never seat six people. I hope it serves you well for many years. This would be a great candidate for Hack of the Year.

  6. Karen says:

    May I know where you got the table cloth ? It’s lovely.

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