Hide-away dining table

Having chairs and furniture that fold away can help utilize mixed use spaces. Like new urbanism applied to the inside of your home, folding furniture makes it possible for areas to serve several purposes. If your computer is a notebook computer, a dining table can quickly become a desk. My dining table has legs on only one end. The other end of the table rests in a groove on the wall while in use. When not in use the table easily folds away and is stored under a desk area. To build a fold-away table, one simply needs a flat working service (narrow and light weight are easier to work with and store). The legs of the table can be connected using hinges allowing the legs to fold up when not in use. A piece of wood can be used to join the two legs of the table at one end. Amazing!


Hide-away dining table

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gregoryjohnson on Nov 16, 2006:

Yes, I believe that instead of a DIY (do-it-yourself) option one could find a BIY (buy-it-yourself) alternative. For stability, it is important for there to be groove in the ledge that the table sets on. This will keep it from pulling away from the wall easily. Alternatively, one could probably have the table connected to a shelf with hinges on the wall. In this way, the table could simply fold flat against the wall with the legs folded up and in behind it. The weight of the table can help with stability. Because one side of the table is fully connected to the wall, the other side of the table could probably be supported with a single leg (like a stool with three legs). Another option would be to have round dowels or other removable wooden supports to support the edge of the table that is away from the wall. It simply needs to be suspended more than it needs to be stabilized. Or, how about this (I'm on a roll now!), rather than using legs one could use chains, rope, or cables (high-tech steel braided) from the ceiling to support the edge of the table that is sticking out. This would avoid the inevitable knee against the table-leg problem which results in knee pain and the embarrassment of candles and wine glasses, wine bottle, and other items falling over on the table and rolling into your guest's lap. One could employ those nice tiny holiday seasonal party lights running up the supporting chains, cables, or ropes. Another alternative (presuming the table will be stationary) would be to have vines growing up these table to ceiling chains. I'll stop there. Too much more of this and one would need lava lamps to complete the ambiance.

bruno on Nov 16, 2006:

Cool technique. Do you ever have problem with the table being unstable? Is this something one could buy if one weren't up to making it one's-self (one=me)?

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