Introduction: Multifunction Coffe Table With Storage, Slide Out and Lift. Build From Euro Pallets

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This coffee table was Born while we were searching all  over for a new table for our living room. Nothing fits in form and function. So we build our own.

Made of 2 europallets. Movable on 4 heavy duty castors.

The highlight is the huge storage space inside the table and the lift and the slide  mechanism.

On the outside, the table has many small compartments for storage.

Inside is a huge storage room for games, craft, other things.  You even can accommodate 3 tool boxes and stowed invisible.

To open one side of the table it can be easily pushed to the side to slide it out. capacitiy in the extened state is 60kg! If the table is closed you can load more than 600kg.

Here you  can now work or play. Now you also have access to the stowed stuff inside the table.

The other side can be easily lifted up  with 2 fingers due to a hoisting mechanism supported by two gas springs.

Half of the table now moves beyond 17 cm over the edge to the side and lifts up about  20 cm. Perfect height dining table in the living room for the couch.

All decoration or everyday objects can remain on the table.

This Coffee table is now one of the challenger in the Woodworker Contest. Would be nice if you vote for me if you like that table.


You Need:


Cordless Screwdriver
chop saw
Remove pliers or angle grinder for nails
Optional: Drill with 3-4 mm drill bit for pre-drilling before screwing . Depending on how dry or brittle wood is .


2 pallets
and also some boards with the same thickness as the boards of the pallet .
I recommend this because you have the better surface for the table top.

or you need at least 3 pallets and you used the wood of the third range .

2 heavy- duty slides
for the sliding mechanism. Heavy duty is recomended so you can put weight on it while it is extended . With normal drawers extracts there is a danger that if someone is put some weight on it when the plate is extended , this will break .

A lifting mechanism.
I took the Tavoflex from Häfele . Is similar to the one from  woodworkers . Look in the comments.
DIY is also possible. Look my other table.

Many screws

4 heavy duty castors


Remove the red marked boards from pallet number one.

Cut the cross running board at the red lines.

Close the bottom of pallet one with some wooden boards that are left or buy some new wooden boards to close the bottom.

Now you have something like a wooden box. Just the 2 open compartments on each side.

Close this 8 compartments with some small wooden boards.

Put 4 wheels on the four corners.  Pallet number one is finished so far.


Disassemble pallet number two.

We need 2 smal assys consisting of Number 4, 5, 6 and 9. (see attached Pic in the overview)

This two assys are screwed on pallet number one.

From part 10 (2 each) and 1 (2 each) we build aframe similar to the shape it got before disassemble the pallet.

Now we screw this frame to the top of our construct.


rogertc (author)2017-08-01

hello! do you have a picture where one can see how height is the table in relation to the sofa? or dimensions when lifted? i´m not sure i i´d have to add one more EURO

JTFales (author)2017-04-01

On ebay the brackets $45.

wessy55 (author)2015-11-15

how much are the brackets? look expensive. where do you source them from ?

penguin4hire (author)wessy552015-11-16

I went to Hafele's site, linked further down in the comments, and they wouldnt even sell me the part unless i was a commercial customer. It was also $105.30 for a pair of the brackets. I'm opting to build my own brackets and putting the entire process on instructables starting with pistons from homedepot.|THD|G|0|G-BASE-PLA|&gclid=CNDr-vaIlskCFU47gQodQooMkA&gclsrc=aw.ds

wessy55 (author)penguin4hire2016-05-03

had the same problem here in the UK tried to source in the USA, But postage too expensive.

MashellS (author)penguin4hire2016-05-02

Why not just take a day to do your research and walk into some hardware stores? Im pretty sure you could find something usable for a much cheaoer price! I hope it works out for you, post pix if you do try making your own brackets! Would love to see!!!!!

AhmedS235 (author)2016-03-21

Hi Dirk,

Greetings, That's an amazing piece, Do you have a video to do it my self or more detailed instructions? if you have please email it to me on:

buck2217 (author)2015-06-26

Nice table

l8nite (author)2015-03-18

I'm sorry but I can't vote for anything that isn't complete, there are written steps and pictures missing

Jonnychappati (author)2015-03-04

Hi im new to this site, can anyone tell me why i cant see all the instrutions for this table?

roadfox (author)2015-03-03

Here a link to the lifting mechanism:


There are different version im not shure which one has been used in the instructable, verify yourself!

kerri.jordan.26 (author)2014-09-24

Hi I really love the table you made. Is there a video to show you how to put it together?

asphyth (author)2014-06-16

Hi ! Really cool table ! I really want to do a same thing for my home ! I have a question ! Where did you buy this component : Thks you !

jayeshshinai (author)2014-03-10

so what are these hinges called again?

dirkdeus (author)jayeshshinai2014-03-11

I added some parts in the description.

dirkdeus (author)dirkdeus2014-03-11

you can find it there.

dirkdeus (author)2014-03-10

Thank you for your comment. You're so right. And as I have already written in the text, I'll include the exact instructions yet.

Best regards,


MrE (author)dirkdeus2014-03-10

You have my vote and my thanks. I am so grateful that you added more. I apologize for my earlier negativity as well.

dirkdeus (author)MrE2014-03-10

I'll do my very best.


Try to get the "how to" finished within this week.



timopar (author)2014-03-03

What type of hinges were used?

shannonlove (author)timopar2014-03-03

Rockler woodworking and similar suppliers sell the same type of hinge in the US.

dirkdeus (author)shannonlove2014-03-03

thank you for your support

dirkdeus (author)timopar2014-03-03

It is a complete hinges from Germany. Made by Häfele.

Done a similar by my own with springs from a car back door. and a wooden Frame. You can see here my first table.

amulder1 (author)2014-03-03

How did you get the pallets? There is a return fee on euro's so most company don't want to give them.

dirkdeus (author)amulder12014-03-03

the fee is about 10$ each. that they never will get them back I didn't told them.

jmdushi (author)2014-03-03

I like this table, can you be a bit more specific how you made it? The pallets you used were Europallets?

dirkdeus (author)jmdushi2014-03-03


I used 2 Europallets for this table. I will do a detailed "how to" here within the next 2 Days.

jmdushi (author)dirkdeus2014-03-03

Except the name Hafele of the hinges do you have a serienumber or ordernumber too? Next month I'm in Holland so I can buy them there.

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