You Can Make Your Own Folding Wall Table
Imagine having a beautiful wall-mounted folding table that you made. It could be a dining table, desk, side table, laundry shelf or even a bedside table.
Well, now you don’t have to just imagine it… you can do it yourself and the good news is that it’s relatively easy.
Because folding shelf brackets exist, that’s why!
Folding shelf brackets are exactly what they sound like… brackets that can be mounted on the wall that fold down.
The brackets allow you to mount them to a solid wood board or particle board and create your own wall surface for purposes you see fit.
If you don’t like the bracket above, consider this one as an alternative. However, please note that the brackets above hold up to 750 lbs. per pair, whereas these brackets only support up to 110 lbs. So if you want something that will support a load of weight, go for the brackets above instead.
Here’s a general idea of what you’ll need to do this project…
- self-drilling anchors or toggle bolts or stud finder (if mounting into studs instead)
- 16-20″ (deep) wood or particle board
- paint stain (if using solid wood board)
- screws (they generally come with the self-drilling anchors and bolts)
- 16-18″ folding shelf bracket (2)
If you don’t have a stud finder, you should be able to get away with using self-drilling anchors or toggle bolts to mount your brackets into drywall.
They’re relatively affordable… costing about $4-5 for a pack of anchors or toggles. The ones I generally love to use are E-Z Ancors or E-Z Toggles which are available at Home Depot.
Please note that mounting into studs is a better idea if you’re using the table for heavy-duty use, such as a workbench.
Between anchors and toggles, I usually prefer to use anchors over toggles. Simply because I’ve always had trouble using the toggle bolts, so I steer clear of them whenever I can.
The particle board or solid wood board which will be used as the table surface can be purchased at your local hardware store as well. If you are making a workbench and don’t want to custom-make your own workbench top, you can check out solid wood tops that are already pre-made.
If you get a bracket that’s around 16-18 inches, theoretically speaking, you’re not going to want to get a board that’s anymore than maybe 2-4 inches larger in depth (than the bracket(s)).
If you’re going for something like making a small dining table or desk, then a nice 20″ table would do well. One that’s about 20″D x 20″W would make a great surface for mealtimes.
Above all else, to reduce mistakes, get the brackets you want first so you can compare them to the shelf board you’re interested in. That way you can make sure they’re large enough to support the shelf you have in mind.
If you make a mistake and need to patch a hole in the wall at any point, (for drywall) most holes the size of a quarter or smaller can be patched with spackling compound. You can get it at your local hardware store. For convenience, many Wal-marts also tend to carry it. You’ll need a spackling knife or putty knife to apply the spackle on the wall.
Lastly, have a yardstick and pencil on hand once you’ve got all of your supplies so you can mount the brackets and shelf evenly on the wall.
Once you’ve finished, you should be able to fold down the table any time you please and pull it back up for the tasks at hand.