06:02AM | 06/07/01
Member Since: 06/06/01
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I have been trying to figure out how one would go about attaching a table to a wall in the kitchen that would be able to fold up or down out of the way when not in use. My kitchen is very small and there is not enough room for a "permenant" table. I guess what I'm looking for are "exact" instructions on how to do it. Thanks for any help!!


Jay J

05:10PM | 06/07/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi g7a2i3,

Well, it's not my 'norm' to give EXACT directions since I'm use to either 'filling in the blanks' for someone's project, or just giving a 'general direction' for a project. I'll try but you have to 'envision' what's going on.

IN the wall, there are studs that are installed 16" apart, ON CENTER (from center of the stud to center of the stud.) To check yours, buy a Stud Finder (for less than $30 in the Tool Coral at Home Depot or Lowes or somewhere.) Since you didn't say what you have for a table, I'm gonna assume it's, basically, a 'flat board' that you want to install on hinges.

Now, get yourself a fairly thick piece of matching wood for your table. Let's assume it's kinda like a 2 x 4 piece of wood. (I hope you heard of that.) Set the wood on the wall, and with a level, level the wood where you want to 'hang' it. Be sure its height is the height of a 'normal kitchen table' MINUS the 'thickness of your table'. When it's leveled and centered where you want it, make a few marks on the wall w/a pencil so you know where it goes. AND, while it's there, make a mark on that board where the CENTER of the 2 studs will be. (If you board spans across MORE than 2 studs, mark the board with their location too.)

Now, pre-drill THROUGH the wall-board first but NOT while you're holding it on the wall. (Go outside, or something.) The drill bit should be about 2/3rds the diameter of the screws that you're gonna use to screw the board to the wall with. These pre-drill holes SHOULD line up with the center of your studs. If your studs are 16" O/C, then the pre-drilled holes should be 16" apart. Then, go back inside and put the board back up to the wall, and with a long, thin nail or something, insert it THROUGH the wall-board and push just enough to make a 'mark' for where your pre-drill will be in the wall. Set the wall-board down and pre-drill into the wall.

Now, screw your screws into the wall-board (outside or something) far enought that they just 'stick out' the backside of the wall-board. Then, go with it to the pre-drilled wall holes, and let the tiny bit of screw that's sticking out the back 'find' the holes in the wall. MAKE SURE they ALL find their 'holes'. Then, screw an END screw just far enough to you feel it GRAB the stud. Do the same for the OPPOSITE end, (and for any remaining screws.) Once they've all grabbed the stud, finish it off. Just screw in the screws far enough so they're FLUSH w/the wall-board. Remember - Your screws need to be as long as: The thickness of the wallboard + the 1/2" of drywall + 1" of stud. Talk to the folks at the Hardware store for the proper length AND type of screw. Also, consider putting 2 screws at each stud; not just one. (In fact, I strongly recommend it.) The screws should be positioned no less than 1/2" from the top of the board for the top screw, and 1/2" from the bottom of the board for the bottom screw, BOTH are centered at their respective stud.

Once the wall-board is attached, you need to install hinges to the wall-board AND table top. Plus, you need something to 'hold' the table from falling down when it's stored in the upright position. I'll leave those instructions to someone else or the Hardware Folks.

If you have any ?'s about my procedures, e-mail me at [email protected] DO read these instructions TWICE before you do anything. AND, consider using a scrap piece of wood to 'test' the Instructions out. If it works, then use the good piece. Measure TWICE, cut ONCE.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator


05:02AM | 06/10/01
Member Since: 06/06/01
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Thanks! That's pretty much how I figured it would be installed, but I just needed someone else to tell me I was right! And, yeah, I have heard of a 2X4 <grin>

Thanks again!

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