It’s a bench but Melanie makes it do double (and triple) duty as a coffee table and sometimes computer table. I like that the “tables” are removable and can be repositioned where you want them to be.
She writes: “This is an IKEA hack I made some time ago. I’m not a big fan of couch tables but a very big fan of putting your feet up high when sitting on the sofa. Though I write a cooking blog, I am generally a creative and crafty person. I write, I sew and crochet and I occasionally build my own furniture.
2 simple U-shaped tables made out of plywood from the hardware store
Turning an IKEA Bench into a coffee table
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. I bought metal brackets, Spax screws and red acrylic paint – and built those U-shapes at home in an afternoon. Now I can remove the little tables and reposition them on the zebra bench. And each table has the exact size for a laptop or an A4 paper plus room for a cup or a glass.
As for the FLORT remote control pocket hack, I cut the straight part off the FLORT remote pocket. After the cut, all was left were the pockets themselves. I sewed some stitches to prevent the fabric from unravelling. And then I pinned it with lots of fixing pins to the short end of the IKEA zebra bench. Now the remotes have their home.”
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.