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This clever foldaway table from Ivy Design reminded me of a similar idea in James Hennesey and Victor Papanek’s classic 70s DIY furniture book Nomadic Furniture. Would be an easy remake. [via DVICE]

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • David

    Where do you hide the chairs?

    • tuckerch

      Folding chairs, such as the wood and canvas “Director’s” chair, are stashed in the closet, next to the stepladder, the mop and bucket, et al.

    • Vogie

      Put the chairs on the wall too

      Practical is boring.

  • John

    More importantly, where do I put my abc gum when I’m done with it?

  • Claudia

    What a great idea — thanks for sharing!

  • Anonymous

    Where are the instructions for this?? I don’t see a link for the DIY part of it…

  • Zymeth Blues

    Haha… That’s a nice idea! In this generation, digital cameras and photo-storing sites are preferred by most people. But picture frames are still useful because these can also add glam to your living room or bed room.

    Zymeth Blues

    • Fiona

      No reason why the ‘picture frame’ can’t become a flat-screen display …

  • Chauncey Zalkin


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  • Anonymous

    Problem: the photo and the sketch don’t match. The table legs are different. In the photo the legs become part of the frame, but the plans show a wide center leg. Also, I would like my table to swing up, not down. How can I make this adjustment? (Ok. so I’m not clever that way.)

  • joypup

    agreed — I would love the DIY instructions for making the table in the photo, as opposed to the one in the sketch. I understand the concepts, but would like more information on the hardware components.

  • Lynn

    i agree with the need for some more info, most specifically the types of hardware used.

  • Rodie

    Did anyone ever get the plans or hardware used????

  • Tchin

    23 1/2″ floor to frame bottom plus the 2X4 ( which is actually 11/2 X 3 1/2) = 27″

  • Renina Lagrosa

    Great idea! I was just wondering what was used to screw the legs to the table and does it have a lock feature to assure that it won’t fold back? The one from the designer’s website does not have the metal things on the sides. I have attached the picture below. I hope you can help me out :)