IKEA nesting console tables – Hidden in full view

ikea nesting console tables

I needed a place to put the console table, taking it out only when needed. And at the same time, I needed some more storage space.

My solution was to combine these two requirements into a set of unique nesting console tables.

IKEA items used: 

2 white IKEA KALLAX 1×2 units (only available in some countries. You can use the 2×2 for a longer console table)
KALLAX X inserts
DRÖNA boxes as needed

Other materials and tools:

Pine wood panel 178×46 cm
Natural finishing oil for wood
Sandpaper n. 120/240/320

Hacking IKEA KALLAX into nesting console tables: 

To start, I put the two assembled KALLAX units next to my console table on the left and right. I measured the total length and width of the structure.

Then, I cut a pine wood panel with the same measurements and screwed it down from above on to the KALLAX structures.

The last step, I finished the wood with natural oil for wood.

When the oil is completely dry, I slid my console table into the gap. It fits perfectly.

When I need to use it, I slide it out from under the pine wood top.

How much did it cost?

The whole project was very affordable. It cost me the 2 KALLAX units (25 euros each). Other cost incurred are for the pine wood at 30,00 euros and the oil costs 8,00 euros.

What do you like most about the hack?

I like it most because it’s simple, very functional and nice to look at.

What to pay special attention to?

Pay attention when you screw the wood top to the KALLAX. As you may already know KALLAX units are not solid. Use long but slim screws.

Looking back, would you have done it differently?

Maybe I would spend more time sanding down the pine word for a perfectly smooth surface. It’s still not too late to do so. I’m sure I will do it … later!

~ by Marco Giuliani

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