Build-It-Yourself Coffee Table Bench

Spotted over at IKEA Hacker, I love Melanie’s bench-coffee table contraption. Melanie used an Ikea office bench (in zebra), a Flort remote control pocket and u-shaped tables made from plywood.
Here’s how she did it:
For the U-shaped red tables, I went to the hardware store with the measurements of the zebra bench. There, I had sets of plywood cut in the exact right size, bought metal brackets, Spax screws and red acrylic paint – and built those U-shapes at home in an afternoon.
Now those little tables can be removed from or repositioned on the zebra bench – and each table has the exact size for a laptop or an A4 paper plus some room for a cup or a glass.

To finish the look, Melanie pinned a remote pocket to the side of the bench so her remotes would have a permanent resting place.
Don’t you just love IKEA hacks? Has anyone refashioned their old IKEA furniture into new pieces de resistance?

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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