Many of us are rather cramped in our living conditions. I want to place so much furniture, but so little space. This is especially true for our kitchens or balconies. I have long dreamed of making myself a mobile workplace in the kitchen.
A kind of transformer table that could be fixed on the wall, folded and unfolded as needed, and which would take up minimal space when folded. Unfortunately, in our city I could not find a place where I could buy a folding table, so I had to make it myself.
Stage 1: Materials
- A pair of folding table mechanisms. In the store, this mechanism was called a folding bracket. I took the size 300x200mm.
- Plywood 19 mm thick. A piece measuring 110x55cm. You can replace it with chipboard or MDF and take the size at your discretion.
- 200ml varnish or paint + brush
- Self-tapping screws
- Wall fasteners (dowels + self-tapping screws)
- Screwdriver (for assembly)
- Rotary hammer (for wall mounting)
Apply two coats of varnish on the countertop at 6 hour intervals. You can avoid this operation if you use laminated chipboard or MDF as a tabletop, but then you will have to apply an edge.
Stage 2: We fasten the folding mechanism
Place the folding arms about 6-7cm from the edge so that the mechanism is accessible to the hands and at the same time is visually hidden.
In order to ensure the perpendicularity of the bracket and the table, we apply the entire structure to the wall.
We mark the holes for fastening to the table top.
Step 3: Preparing the holes
Drill pre-drilled holes in the plywood. To prevent through-drilling, place a piece of plywood (as shown in the picture) and make sure that the drill does not penetrate the face of the countertop. When drilling, the chuck will rest against this piece and protect you from drilling too deep.
Place the washers over the resulting holes. Washers were included with a folding mechanism.
Secure the brackets with self-tapping screws.
Step 4: Choosing a Height for the Wall Table
Choosing the right height for your desk is an important part. A few centimeters of error can lead to a lot of discomfort for you. For my wall-mounted table, it turned out to be a convenient height of 70 cm from the floor, if I sit on a stool in the kitchen.
Mark the heights on the left and right with masking tape (paper) or draw a line with a pencil.
Use some items to position the folding table at the desired height.
Step 5: Attach the folding table to the wall
Mark the position of the holes on the wall.
Remove the table and drill holes. A hammer drill may be required.
Insert the dowels into the drilled holes.
Step 6: align the table
If you doubt that you have fixed the table to the wall strictly horizontally, then it will not be superfluous to check it with a building level. This will help clear up any doubts or indicate that adjustment is needed.
Stage 7: Checking the folding mechanism
After installing the table, you need to check how well the folding mechanism works.
If the brackets are not installed parallel or at the same level, then this will lead to friction of the bracket against the surface of the table top or will not allow the table to be folded at all. This can be avoided if everything is done well in the second step.
Step 8: The folding table is ready
Here is such a table!
Advice: Keep a minimum of items on the table to fold it as often as possible. Good luck!