The main area of our house is one big area more or less. The kitchen, the living room, and the entry “hallway” are all a connected space. This makes finding a spot for a kitchen table a very tough task! Here’s a picture from when we first bought the house (before we starting working on it):
We considered all sorts of options. Traditional table and chairs would just be sitting out in the middle of the space and would feel awkward and cluttered. Fold down wall tables aren’t bit enough and we don’t have a good wall for it. That left the DIY/custom route.
We first considered something that would come out of the cabinets and fold into a table, but that proved to be a little too difficult for us. Plus we needed this table to solve another problem. Andy wanted to ceiling mount our home theater projector, but I was a little less than enthused about having an ugly electronic gadget hanging from the ceiling. So, we both found something we agreed on.. a custom built table with some shelving above that would house the projector AND function as a room divider. A tall order! But nothing a trip to home depot and Ikea couldn’t fix.
First, we purchased a solid pine desk top and two STOLMEN posts (plus included fixtures) from Ikea. Then we headed over to home depot to purchase some plywood to make the shelves.
The idea was to have the poles go flow to ceiling with the table top and shelves floating at different levels along the poles.
To start, Andy measured the circumference of the pole and used a holesaw to cut a hole on each end of the table.
Then he set the table top on the ground and put the first pole in place.
Then he propped up the table to the height that we wanted it to be.
Then he used the fixtures that came with the poles to keep the table in place.
To add more strength, he drilled two holes to line up with the holes on the metal fixtures and ran two long bolts through them.
Once the table top was in place, he started working on the shelves.
Connecting the poles to the ceiling…
After everything was successfully in the air, Andy mounted a metal angle bracket (right side of the table in picture below) to add a third point of contact, since the table was basically floating out on it’s own. This made the table rock solid. The last touch was adding a STOLMEN hook to the left side of the bottom shelf bracket.
Hope you enjoyed our new table build! We’ll probably post an update in the future about how it’s working out for us. Until then, I’m looking forward to many memorable meals with friends and family at this table!