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A fold­ing table for a small kitchen is the most suit­able solu­tion. Thanks to him, space is freed up, it becomes pos­si­ble to prac­ti­cal­ly use the free square meters in the room or, con­verse­ly, make the room more spa­cious by remov­ing excess fur­ni­ture. Despite the many advan­tages of such designs, trans­form­ers for large-sized kitchens are rarely cho­sen.Folding table in the kitchen

Small kitchen — there is a solution

The fold­ing table­top is always fixed on a ver­ti­cal plane. For its stop, one leg, a cor­ner and a fold­ing design are pro­vid­ed. This is the most com­mon prin­ci­ple of the device, it com­bines a large num­ber of prod­ucts of dif­fer­ent types. The table top can be low­ered or raised.

Fold­ing tables for a small kitchen are made of dif­fer­ent mate­ri­als, which deter­mines the life of the struc­ture, as well as its prop­er­ties. More often they use wood and its var­i­ous deriv­a­tives (fiber­board, chip­board, MDF, etc.).

Ful­ly met­al fold­ing struc­tures are rare, because they are not uni­ver­sal, which means they are only suit­able for inte­ri­ors of cer­tain styles. Stone and glass coun­ter­tops are prac­ti­cal­ly not used. This is due to the sub­tleties of their oper­a­tion and high price. For exam­ple, arti­fi­cial / nat­ur­al stone is char­ac­ter­ized by a large weight, although it looks attrac­tive. Glass prod­ucts are trau­mat­ic, there­fore they are not used as fold­ing coun­ter­tops.

Small tables for a small kitchen are char­ac­ter­ized by a num­ber of pos­i­tive aspects:

  • thanks to such designs, space is saved, which can be used to install anoth­er piece of fur­ni­ture that is more nec­es­sary in every­day life;
  • sim­plic­i­ty of the device, which allows you to assem­ble and dis­as­sem­ble the coun­ter­top as quick­ly as pos­si­ble;
  • the pos­si­bil­i­ty of mount­ing with your own hands;
  • there are a large num­ber of design options for the fold­ing struc­ture.

The dis­ad­van­tages of such tables for the kitchen are few, but they are sig­nif­i­cant. First of all, note the small dimen­sions of the struc­ture. Because of this, it is not always pos­si­ble to ful­ly use such a piece of fur­ni­ture for its intend­ed pur­pose. In addi­tion, of all the exist­ing mate­ri­als for the table, it is advis­able to use only wood.

Design Ideas

A kitchen with a fold­ing table is often not much dif­fer­ent from the stan­dard design option for this room. Note only the absence of a din­ing table. It is replaced by a struc­ture hid­den from pry­ing eyes, fixed on any sec­tion of the wall suit­able for this. The most com­mon, orig­i­nal and afford­able ideas for imple­men­ta­tion:

  1. The stan­dard ver­sion is a fold­ing design with wall mount­ing.
  2. Instal­la­tion of an addi­tion­al sec­tion of the coun­ter­top at the end of the bar counter or din­ing table.
  3. Fold­ing design, which is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the win­dow sill. An alter­na­tive solu­tion is to mount the coun­ter­top above the bat­tery, but with­out rest­ing on it. In both cas­es, the work sur­face is locat­ed at the win­dow.
  4. The book-shaped fold­ing design is self-con­tained, as it does not require wall mount­ing.
  5. Hid­den tables. They are installed inside anoth­er piece of fur­ni­ture, for exam­ple, in a clos­et.
  6. Fold­ing table in the form of a shelf. There are 2 options: the design resem­bles a shelf, because it is char­ac­ter­ized by a wide sta­tion­ary part that is attached to the wall; the table­top is con­nect­ed to a mul­ti-lev­el shelf that is in active use.
  7. A fold­ing piece of fur­ni­ture of non-stan­dard shape. For exam­ple, if there is no space in the kitchen to install even a small table, but there is some free space left in one cor­ner or between fur­ni­ture, you can build an even more com­pact design. More­over, it is often char­ac­ter­ized by a non-stan­dard shape (fold­ing table­top in the form of a tri­an­gle, poly­gon).

Folding wall table

The most com­mon­ly used rec­tan­gu­lar option. It is more com­pact com­pared to semi­cir­cu­lar, oval coun­ter­parts. The square ver­sion is not rec­om­mend­ed if the unfold­ed fold­ing table­top is locat­ed in the aisle. How­ev­er, it is pre­ferred for a fam­i­ly of three.

The fold­ing kitchen table is char­ac­ter­ized by the sim­plest device. Main struc­tur­al ele­ments:

  • coun­ter­top;
  • sup­port in the form of a stan­dard leg or a met­al cor­ner;
  • side part, which is fixed on the wall and pro­vides addi­tion­al reli­a­bil­i­ty to the prod­uct.

The stan­dard ver­sion of the fold­ing piece of fur­ni­ture is suit­able for instal­la­tion in any area, but more often it is locat­ed in plain sight: near the wall, win­dow, next to the din­ing table. When fold­ed, it does­n’t take up much space.

Folding table-book

This piece of fur­ni­ture is arranged accord­ing to a dif­fer­ent prin­ci­ple, since it is an autonomous struc­ture, which is often not con­nect­ed to the wall in any way. The prod­uct also allows you to free up space, and if such a need aris­es, it can be moved to any con­ve­nient point in the room. This option dif­fers from the stan­dard din­ing table by the pres­ence of addi­tion­al hinges on the table­tops, due to which the struc­ture is fold­ed.

The side walls can be low­ered. Before use, they recline and are fixed with retractable sup­ports. Fold­ing table­top can be locat­ed on one or two sides. Depend­ing on this, the area of ​​the work­ing sur­face increas­es or decreas­es. In small rooms, it is advis­able to oper­ate a one-sided fold­ing struc­ture. This is due to the fact that not always in a small kitchen there is a place to lay out a dou­ble-sided table.

The dis­ad­van­tage of this option is mas­sive­ness. The fold­ed book-table takes up less space than the unfold­ed design, how­ev­er, in com­par­i­son with the wall-mount­ed fold­ing table­top, such pieces of fur­ni­ture lose. Their main advan­tage is the abil­i­ty to free up a large work­ing sur­face area when such a need aris­es.

Table in the closet

The fold­ing table­top is fixed inside a large-sized piece of fur­ni­ture. When exam­in­ing the premis­es, it is impos­si­ble to see it. The work­top can only be tilt­ed when the cab­i­net door is open. The design is attached to the wall, but in this case there should not be a back wall in the area where the table is installed. In terms of func­tion­al­i­ty, the work sur­face resem­bles a shelf.

The advan­tages of this option include:

  • sav­ing space;
  • the abil­i­ty to com­bine sev­er­al pieces of fur­ni­ture in one prod­uct: a table, a wardrobe, a shelf;
  • con­cealed instal­la­tion, because when the door is closed, the fold­ing table­top is invis­i­ble.

There are many more dis­ad­van­tages of such pieces of fur­ni­ture. So, note the low strength of the struc­ture. In the case when the work sur­face is pulled out of the cab­i­net, the cen­ter of grav­i­ty of the prod­uct shifts and it can turn over. You can strength­en the struc­ture by adding fas­ten­ers at the high­est points. Anoth­er dis­ad­van­tage is the inabil­i­ty to eat food at the same time for sev­er­al fam­i­ly mem­bers. The dis­ad­van­tages include the need to fold / unfold the work sur­face, and in addi­tion to this, it is required to con­stant­ly open / close the cab­i­net door.

shelf table

This option is imple­ment­ed in dif­fer­ent ways:

  1. as a shelf, a fold­ing table­top with a wide sta­tion­ary part, which is mount­ed on the wall, is used;
  2. a sin­gle or mul­ti-lev­el shelf is built over the fold­ing struc­ture.

The sec­ond option is prefer­able, because when it is imple­ment­ed, addi­tion­al sur­faces appear for stor­ing small house­hold items, dish­es, etc. In addi­tion, the shelves do not take up extra space, because they are locat­ed above the lev­el of the fold­ing table­top. Such a table for the kitchen should not be cho­sen if all the walls are already occu­pied by house­hold appli­ances or wall cab­i­nets.

Window seating

In this case, the kitchen table is most often mount­ed flush with the win­dowsill. This arrange­ment of the work sur­face allows you to cre­ate a pleas­ant atmos­phere at din­ner, which is facil­i­tat­ed by the view from the win­dow. Anoth­er advan­tage of this option is the abil­i­ty to use the free space near the bat­tery under the win­dow open­ing.

In addi­tion, it will always be warm next to the fold­ing work sur­face. How­ev­er, there are also dis­ad­van­tages to this option:

  • it often blows from the win­dow, and it is not always pos­si­ble to solve the prob­lem by seal­ing the frame;
  • the inten­si­ty of heat trans­fer from the bat­tery, which is cov­ered by the work­ing sur­face of a piece of fur­ni­ture, decreas­es;
  • it becomes cool in the room, because the space left between the bat­tery and the table­top is not enough to ensure the desired lev­el of heat trans­fer effi­cien­cy.

DIY manufacturing

If the ques­tion is how to make a fold­ing table, you need to choose the mate­r­i­al. The fol­low­ing options are being con­sid­ered:

  1. Nat­ur­al tree. Dif­fers in dura­bil­i­ty, serves for a long time, pro­vid­ed that thor­ough care is pro­vid­ed. An attrac­tive appear­ance of prod­ucts is not­ed due to the nat­ur­al pat­tern on the cut of the boards. This is an envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly mate­r­i­al, does not con­tain tox­ic com­pounds.
  2. Chip­board, MDF — deriv­a­tives of the tree. Plates are made from shav­ings. Such prod­ucts may look like wood, due to the pres­ence of a lay­er of fin­ish­ing mate­r­i­al. The dis­ad­van­tage of chip­board is tox­i­c­i­ty. MDF is char­ac­ter­ized by an increased fire haz­ard.

Tool for work:

  • jig­saw;
  • drill;
  • screw­driv­er;
  • ref­er­ence cor­ner;
  • self-tap­ping screws, anchors;
  • angle grinder;
  • build­ing lev­el;
  • roulette.

Instruc­tions for mak­ing a fold­ing table with a wall mount:

  1. The mate­r­i­al is being cut.
  2. Slic­ing is in progress.
  3. The ends are cov­ered with a spe­cial tape.
  4. On the wall with anchors fix the side of the table. A sup­port cor­ner is fixed on it. The sta­tion­ary part of the struc­ture is fixed from above.
  5. The fold­ing table­top is installed with hinges. They should be locat­ed on the under­side of the work sur­face.

Before installing such a piece of fur­ni­ture, it is nec­es­sary to check the qual­i­ty of the wall. If it crum­bles, it is bet­ter to dis­man­tle the old plas­ter and re-fin­ish. You can choose a dif­fer­ent instal­la­tion loca­tion.