You're in your first apartment and have very little money for furniture. You have a studio apartment and have almost no space for a kitchen table. You need some extra table space in your kitchen, but only sometimes. Whatever the reason, a wall-mounted table on a hinge could be the perfect solution to your dining table dilemma.
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Things you need
- Four-foot expandable kitchen table
- Door hinges
Obtain a table, whether it's a bargain at a thrift store or something salvaged from trash day. You will need an older table, about 4 feet across, that pulls apart to expand by putting in leaves. If the table is missing leaves, don't worry; you won't need them. The table can be round, square or octagonal, as long as it is about 4 feet across or less. The table should, however, have metal feet attached into a cup on the underside of the table.
Turn the table upside down onto the floor. Use the screwdriver to remove all the hardware in the centre of the table that is designed for expanding the table. Remove any screws that may secure the legs into the cups, but leave the cups as is.
Fit the table against the wall with the legs installed. You'll use only half of the table for this project. Two or more people may be needed at this point. Make a line on the wall to mark the top edge of the table when it is level.
Put the table back on the floor and screw three hinges onto the raw edge of the table. Hold the table back up against the wall and screw the other half of the hinges into the wall. At this point your table should be secure and level against the wall.
Lift the table slightly to remove the legs from their cups, then carefully lower the table surface to hang down against the wall and out of the way. When the table is needed again, simply lift the tabletop and slip the legs back into place.
Tips and warnings
- If your budget is extremely limited, find a damaged table with one undamaged half. You should pay less for a damaged table than one that's fine.
- Wall anchors may be necessary if your table is large or very heavy.
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