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If you don't have much room in your work space and don't need a bench all the time then this is the perfect solution. The bench is designed to fold down and only sticks out about 100mm on the wall when stowed. Of course all dimensions are customisable to your needs!

You don't need much in the way of woodworking skills for this either - you just need know how to nail and screw things together.

NOTE: if you going to make this type of bench make sure your floor and walls are reasonably level, straight and square to each other or you won't be able to swing the legs out evenly.

Step 1: Select your wall

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This is the wall on which I placed my bench. Fortunately for me the wall was plywood over a timber stud frame, though it shouldn't really matter what type of wall you have as long as you have the right fixings for it.
edel11 months ago

awesome, this is exactly what I was looking for. I need a sewing bench in my tiny tiny living room, I might go to the secondhand furniture shop today and see if I can find a top.

robrider made it!1 year ago

Thanks for this. Great design, simple and sturdy. I also added stops on the bottom of table top to prevent the legs from going out past the table. The table top was taken from a friend who had redone their kitchen and was about to throw it out.

great idea.. made one for my slider miter saw..
emerson422 years ago
Had to make modifications to fit my needs, so the legs overlap, requiring a spacer on one side to push it out. I added stops to keep the legs from going out on the side as well as door stops to pad the top onto the legs and keep them from sliding.
Reigncloud (author)  emerson421 year ago
Amazing work! I love the extra touches like the door stops. You did a great job.
manishrkp2 years ago
Outstanding, I have seen many folding tables but this is one of the best, thanks for sharing...
tonysg2 years ago
This is great! I wanted to do something like that for my work area. Went to the Web and found one. It costs around $300! Then, I look for something here that worked like the one I saw and here we go. I will be constructing one.
katekat3 years ago
like that, space is rare :)
Twobits3 years ago
I was changing my shop around and I had a 8 ft counter top that I was not using any more. I had a place I could use it but it would be in the way of my fold down ladder to my loft, so I had the same ideal. I purchased a pre made 4 shelf wood bracket from Menards and cut it in two and ran a brace from the lower support to the upper bracket
Mar HK3 years ago
This is great! I was thinking the other day of how to fit a work bench in my garage and still have room for the bicycles when it wasn't in use. This will do nicely.
blinkizod4 years ago
Great idea. greetings from Guatemala!!
profpat4 years ago
nice! very easy one to build!

i did one a long time ago using and old tool shed door with the legs on the sides of the door/table.

darknet74 years ago
rimar20004 years ago
kathmonkey4 years ago
Brilliant idea. I'll definitely be doing this in my new (and small) place.

Also, yay for english money, I'm always having to convert the currencies on this site :D
Spokehedz4 years ago
Reminds me of the kitchen tables in the older homes that would fold up onto the wall. very fancy. My issue is that I keep all kind of stuff on the bench, and i woulden't be able to ever put it back down! HAHA!
woodNfish4 years ago
You can buy a used or damaged solid core door to use as a bench top. They are heavy and work very well and are relatively inexpensive. Often the damage is only on one side, or on an edge. Home supply centers and lumber yards will carry them.
Buzzinski4 years ago
Excellent idea. I have been trying to do something like this for a while to instal an outdoor BBQ table that folds away. I will use marine ply (waterproof) for the top beacuse it will be exposed to tropical rainfall (Townsville north Queensland Australia). Thinking of setting it at the same height as my gas BBQ so it will be a serving table. Nice idea, clean and simple. Well done. I might have to make this my first Ible Project.
eastriver4 years ago
Very Good Design , Space saver, good job
bob2024 years ago
so simple it is SCARY! GOOD DESIGN!
rikkiesix4 years ago
I love this bench.
Great idea !!!!
Greetings from Belgium
psyoper224 years ago
awesome design, i've been browsing for a good idea. this one seems to be the least amount of labor, materials, and time needed to complete the project...

great job!
vonKaos4 years ago
The benchtop I has was very short in width and half of it wasn't sufficient to firmly maintain the bench in placewhen at work. So I put a holder doble sized and folder the legs one over the other. It worked very well to me!
blkhawk4 years ago
Great idea!
InvaderDig4 years ago
Great design. I've been tinkering with a similar design, but with two sets of legs; one set to do what you have here, a work bench, and a second fold away set of legs to turn the work bench into a drafting table.
rimar20004 years ago
Very good design!