Make a drop leaf table with storage in 5 minutes - IKEA Hackers

Make a drop leaf table with storage in 5 minutes

Perfect fit! These two IKEA items merge into a drop leaf table with storage.

I just came up with a solution for my studio — which is messy and full of materials to store and everlasting lack of space to do so.

The idea is very simple and requires no specific special instructions except the ones given by IKEA.

However, the hack involves two different products which are then merged into one space-saving multipurpose item.

I call it the Table storage-merger.

IKEA items used:
IKEA IVAR cabinet and NORBO table

Merging a drop leaf table with storage

The idea is that you remove the doors of the IVAR storage cabinet and install the NORBO drop leaf table instead.

IKEA drop leaf table with storage

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This way you can have the storage space, have the storage hidden neatly away when the drop leaf table is down.

And, on demand, set up the table to expand work surface in the studio. 

IKEA drop leaf table with storage
IKEA drop leaf table with storage

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The last step is to secure the IVAR cabinet to the wall to prevent any tip over risk.

How long did it take?

5 minutes (drilling 4 holes in the IVAR cabinet and fastening the NORBO)

What was the hardest part of the hack?

Doing this alone, the NORBO table is a bit clumsy and heavy for one person to put up.

What to pay special attention to?

Arrange the IVAR shelves in the cabinet before fastening the NORBERG. Also, secure the IVAR cabinet to the wall so it doesn’t tip over from extra weight.

I would also recommend fixing an extra piece of wood along the top of the IVAR to prevent the screws from tearing out of the IVAR.

~ by Jana