Introduction: GORM Ikea Coffee Table

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After seeing randofo's GORM bench / bookshelf project I thought a coffee table would be quite possible and look pretty good with a few slight modifications. I had recently assembled a GORM bookshelf so I thought a GORM coffee table would watch nicely and at a very reasonable price.

Step 1: Bill of Materials

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Go to IKEA and get the following.

1) 2 sets of GORM posts. Select the 43 1/3 length. (4 posts total)
2) 4 GORM shelfs. Select the 19 5/8 width (4 total). You can select any 4  GORM shelves for this project, but this size worked well for my needs. Make sure they all are the same size.
3) Optonal: 2 Behandla containers of paint (12 oz) each. You may only need one, depending on how big or small your shelves and how many coats you desire.
4) Optional: 2 pieces of 1/4 inch plexi glass at 19 1/2 by 12 1/8 inches.

* The tools needed for this project are a handsaw or table saw, sandpaper, paint, and a wrench. Thats it.


Step 2: Cuts and Prep Work

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1) Take 3 of the Gorm posts and cut 6 pieces each to a height of 17 3/4 inches. This allows for the 1/4 inch plexi-glass to fit pretty flush with with some felt pieces underneath so the glass isn't sitting directly on top of the wood. If you don't plan to use a glass top, adjust the height accordingly down to 17 1/2.
2) Sand all the posts after cutting looking for jagged edges. Sand shelves too if you notice any jagged or rough areas.

Step 3: Assembly

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Assemble the posts and shelves with the IKEA supplied wood screws. Paint all surfaces if so desired. I recommend two coats using the Black IKEA Behandla glazing paint.

Step 4: Adding Glass Top

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Add the pre cut pieces of plex-glass if using this option. Try and use some small felt pieces underneath the glass.

Step 5: Enjoy

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Place your new coffee table as needed. I've attached a photo of our painted GORM bookshelf that now matches the coffee table. I may be adding an end table too in the near future.

Comments

Culturespy (author)2010-08-11

Is this the birth of a Randofo inspired GORM hacking club?

It just may be!

:D

GeekTinker (author)2016-01-11

Great! I have a long piece of tempered glass that might work perfect for this project.

BartholomewH (author)2015-06-08

Excellent flat pack hack guide here!

amandamany (author)2010-09-26

That's great, i love it!
When i do one for me, i will put the picture here!

amagriva (author)2010-08-26

Ehm...Nice but why bother buy ikea ? If you are able to do this mod you could do the whole job by yourself ...bye

carpespasm (author)2010-08-14

From the warehouse picture I thought you were using salvaged shipping pallets for this. That's probably where Ikea gets their GORM material.

Reffner (author)2010-08-13

Doesn't plexi scratch easily?

matt.t.mcgowan (author)Reffner2010-08-13

Plexi can scratch more easily than standard glass. I guess it depends on how much activity you think the table would get. There are certain cleaners than work pretty well. I used plexiglass as an option here as 1/4 glass is pretty thick and can be expensive. You could drop the height of the posts of this and use 1/8 or 3/8 glass too. It's up to you.

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