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Sturdy folding table? (life edited) Answered

I recently found this thing called Life Edited. It's partly about making the most out of your space with multi purpose spaces and having most you furniture either being able to stack/fold away or being transformed. So for example by having your bed folding into the wall and dining table folding into the other wall, you could have a room that doubles as dining/bedroom.

Anyway I started drawing up solutions for my home, it's all going well except for one problem. It is that my desk takes up a lot of space in the room. I have two requirements for my desk: 1. it has to be ergonomic 2. it has to be very sturdy, no what so ever wobble or play. I have a such desk, but I really can not figure out how to make it fold/stack/transformable without affecting the sturdiness.

any ideas or suggestions would be much appreciated!



5 years ago

There are standard heights for a desk or make it adjustable to fit your comfort. Slanted like an architect's table is not good for stuff rolling like pens or a cup of coffee. Too deep and it just invites clutter. I know, one of my desks is a hollow core door blank supported at each end by short file cabinets. Folding tables, assuming you can put all the stuff on top of it to a non folding shelf in the back, are usually supported by fold out legs or it is restrained from falling by chains or support bars pivoted to the wall. Hinged at two points or a full length piano hinge support it at the rear. Go to a furniture store or take a look at IKEA online catalog to get an idea of what they do for folding tables. You can even download a manual to see what kind of hardware is used or how it is put together. Good luck.


Reply 5 years ago

Thanks a lot for the reply!
The problem with the mentioned methods is that they do tend to have a lot of wobble/play. I had to work at an ikea folding table once.. not pleasant! Then again, most such solutions that I have seen have been made from very flimsy light weight wood, so that might be why. might be worth trying it with a bit heavier wood. this also did give me a few ideas I am going to consider further!

keep the ideas coming :)


Reply 5 years ago

If you have a sturdy base/leg/support frame, you could always add some kind of screw down, toggle bolt or latch type lock to secure the top in place. Guide pins or a slot that the top drops into would help a lot.