We lift the table top and push the gateleg out from the middle into position to support the table. To make using the table so much easier for us, all we did was to swap the table leg from the middle to the end. This way it’s easier to open and fold down the table when not in use. See the folding outdoor table hack.
#2 Rental friendly ÄPPLARÖ outdoor storage bench
I wanted to utilise a small awkward corner of the balcony for an outdoor storage bench and potting table.
Being in a rented apartment I did not want to drill holes in walls. Besides, it was to be positioned up against the balcony’s outer wall where it is not high enough to fix onto anyway. What I really needed was a freestanding version of an outdoor bench and wall panel.
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