Bench and coffee table in one

It’s a bench but Melanie makes it do double (and triple) duty as a coffee table and some times computer table. I like that the “tables” are removable and can be repositioned to where you want them to be.

This is an Ikea hack I made some time ago. As I’m not a big fan of couch tables – and a very big fan of putting your feet up high when sitting on the couch. Though I write a cook blog, I am generally a creative and crafty person: I write, I sew and crochet and I occasionally build my own furniture.

My “coffee table” consists of an Ikea zebra bench (I think it’s out of range now, it was in the office department), a white version of Flort remote control pocket and 2 simple U-shaped tables made out of plywood from the hardware store.

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.

After that, I cut the straight part off the Flort remote pocket so that all was left were the pockets themselves. Some stitches to prevent the fabric from unravelling and then I pinned it with lots of fixing pins to the short end of the zebra bench. Now the remotes have their home.”

Related hacks:
Modular coffee table
Retractable Lack coffee table