How to Make a Folding Wall Table

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  • 4-8 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 100-500
What You'll Need
3/4 inch plywood
Four hinges
2-inch screws
Stud finder
Tape measure
Finish nails
Table saw or circular saw
Sander (optional)
Paint and paintbrush (optional)
Quarter-round molding (optional)

A folding wall table is the perfect solution for small or crowded spaces. Whether you want to install one of these tables as a compact eating surface in the kitchen or in your garage as an additional flat working space, this entry-level project is easy to complete if you follow the steps below.

Step 1 - Determine Where You Want Your Table

Before you can begin building your folding wall table, you have to choose where you want to install it. Would you like one in your spare room, to serve as a writing desk? Or, what about in the living room, to eat on while you watch TV? Choose a spot where the table will be useful but out of the way, even when in use.

Step 2 - Cut Plywood to Size

Measure and mark a section of 3/4 inch plywood to 42-inches wide and 30-inches deep. This size of plywood will provide you with a large enough surface to work or eat on, but it won't take up a lot of wall space. Using the appropriate safety precautions as provided by the tool’s manufacturer, use a table or circular saw to make the marked cuts.

Step 3 - Cut Legs and Support Brace

With standard 2x4s, cut two legs to a height of 32-36 inches. The height you choose will depend on your own height and how tall the chair you want to use with your desk will be. Use a table or circular saw to make the cuts. Create a support brace with the same width of the tabletop, at 42 inches.

Step 4 - Locate Studs and Mount Support Brace

Using a stud finder, locate the studs in the wall where the table will go. If possible, position the table so that the ends are going to be located on studs. Once the studs are marked, mount the support brace on the wall at the desired height. Use a level to ensure it’s even. Once it’s level, screw the support brace into the wall with 2-inch screws.

Step 5 - Attach Legs to the Tabletop

On each side of the front of the tabletop, secure one of the hinges. On the other side of the hinge, attach a table leg. When finished, you should have two table legs, one on each side, that fold toward the wall.

Step 6 - Sand, Paint, and Install Molding

For a finished look, sand the table with a sander. Then, attach a quarter-round molding all the way around the tabletop. Use finish nails to secure it in place.

When you're finished, you can also paint the table the color of your choice. Paint it a vivid color, like bright red, to add a pop of color to your decor, or give your table a distressed look to make it shabby chic.

Step 7 - Install Hinges on Table and Attach to Brace

Mount the last two hinges onto the bottom side of the tabletop, at the rear. Once the hinges are secure, attach the other side of the hinge to the support brace at the top.

Step 8 - Fold and Unfold Your Table

When you’re not using the table, you can fold it against the wall by folding the legs underneath and letting it sit flat against the wall. When you want to use the table, simply lift the tabletop, and let the legs extend to the floor.