1. First, I turned the NORDEN table upside-down. I used a duvet for cushioning to avoid damage to table/floor.
2. Then, I removed plastic floor protectors from the legs.
3. Next, I screwed locking castors to main legs, and regular castors to the swinging legs. (The castors are bigger than the legs so the plating will stick out a bit, as you can see in the photo. But two screws should keep it in place.)
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4. Lastly, I checked all castors are secure before lifting the table upright.
I love that I can turn and swing out both sides so easily now, which will allow me to keep it out of the way, then pull it out it when I have more people over for dinner. Plus, if I ever move flat, I can easily roll it out the door.
What was the hardest part about this hack?
It was totally easy! I would recommend this hack to even complete beginners.
What to pay special attention to?
Make sure and buy castors that are small enough to attach to the legs, but strong enough to support the incredible weight of this table. Position the castors so that the screws are not too close to the edges as this might split the wood.
Looking back, would you have done it differently?
For safety’s sake, I probably should have had someone to help me tip the table upside down and back upright again.
And other thoughts/ comments that you have received about the hack:
As the castors’ weight limit equals the weight of the table itself, I’m wary that I can’t now have anything too heavy on the table or in its drawers permanently, and to not to lean heavily onto the table.
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.