Hack a set of small nesting tables from IKEA stools

Using 2 IKEA KYRRE stools I made a compact, corner-friendly set of nesting tables in record time.

I had wanted nesting tables due to space restriction in the living room.

The plan being the higher table would hold a pot plant. The lower table would slide out very easily to sit next to the EKENÄSET armchair to provide a stable place for a cup of coffee etc. And then be out of the way again afterwards.

IKEA KYRRE nesting tables
KYRRE stools and EKENASET armchair

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I didn’t want square or rectangular nesting tables as the whole living room is full of right angles. Commercially available round tables with round metal bases were just not what I was after. (And often very heavy as well).

Most tables were too large or too high. I feel this little hack of the KYRRE stools gave me exactly what I was looking for at a bargain price.


I now have 2 extra stools (albeit with one at a children’s height) for emergency seating when extra people visit.

A week after finishing this hack I went to IKEA again to look for something else.

As I was walking through the shop I noticed the IKEA SVALSTA nesting tables. I honestly can’t say if I made a subconscious note of them before I had the inspiration to use the KYRRE.

But there is a definite family resemblance …

Materials used:

KYRRE stool, birch, $14.99 | IKEA.com

IKEA KYRRE stools to nesting tables

It’s very easy to do: Assemble the 1st KYRRE. That’s your top table. 

Before you assemble the second KYRRE, measure, mark and saw off 7.5 cms from each leg. Prior to cutting, make sure the bottom angles sit well on the floor.

IKEA KYRRE nesting tables

Sandpaper off any rough bits from the sawing, then assemble as per the first stool.

That’s it.


Total cost in the Netherlands: 20 Euro. 

I had initially hoped the lower KYRRE would sit flush under the higher one. But this only works if you lift the higher one onto the lower one.

And quite frankly, it then looks like two stools rather than nesting tables. So I’m happier with the look it has now. 

IKEA KYRRE nesting tables

I am debating whether to add a veneer trim of darker wood to the edges of the seat. And perhaps also down each leg side to tie-in the colour of the tables to the dark wood of the EKENÄSET armchair?

I will update if this happens. Besides, I’m not sure how stain-resistant the surfaces are to spills so I may also need to varnish the KYRRE. One last thing, I will stick on felt under the newly cut legs to protect the floor.

~ by Emma