How to Make a Wall-Mounted Drop Table

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How to Make a Wall-Mounted Drop Table
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A wall-mounted drop table is ideal for small or studio apartments. The table can drop or fold down when not in use, creating a great space-saving solution. Depending on the size of brackets you choose, you will need to keep your table measurements to no more than four inches wider and deeper than your brackets. The brackets may not be available at your local home improvement store, though you may buy them online.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Stud finder
  • Contractor pencil
  • Table saw
  • 3/4-inch medium density fiberboard (MDF)
  • Paint
  • Roller
  • Polyurethane sealant
  • Foam brush
  • Plastic edge tape
  • Household iron
  • Folding brackets
  • Drill
  • 2-inch wood screws
  • Level
  • 1/2-inch wood screws

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  1. 1

    Use your measuring tape to determine the size and placement of your table. This project requires both depth and width measurements. When deciding the height you will mount the table at, keep in mind you will need chairs to fit under the table when in use.

  2. 2

    Find the studs in your wall using a stud finder and mark the locations. In most homes, studs are 16 inches apart.

  3. 3

    Cut your MDF to the measurements noted in the first step.

  4. 4

    Paint the table using a roller. It may be necessary to allow time for a second coat to dry.

  5. 5

    Apply two coats of polyurethane sealer with a foam brush. Allow to dry completely.

  6. 6

    Follow the manufacturer's information regarding the use of the plastic edge tape. Most use a household iron for application.

  7. 7

    Use the marks on the wall you made to mount the brackets to the wall studs using 2-inch wood screws.

  8. 8

    Use a drill to secure the table top to the brackets using 1/2-inch wood screws.

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