Get inspired with our IKEA Norden folding table hack
The IKEA Norden gateleg table has been one of IKEA’s best sellers for a while now, and for good reason. It is smart, functional, cheap and perfect for a small space given the table size. This makes it a great piece of furniture for a starter home, but it also sits well in established homes given its versatility. In this post, I will discuss and show you the IKEA Norden gateleg table hack.
IKEA are internationally famous for delivering modern home furniture with Swedish style decor, at budget prices. They are now found in all corners of the world…it really is amazing how they have worked their way into so many homes.
IKEA’s Norden gateleg table was originally designed and sold as a low-cost flatware table that could easily be folded away when not required, taking up little floor space. Obviously, that is a narrow description of how the Norden table is used.
There are plenty of online IKEA communities which take pride in explaining how they ‘hack’ IKEA products. When they say ‘IKEA hack’, they are basically saying that they have used the product for a purpose that it was not originally intended. It sounds a lot more dramatic than it sounds, but the result can be quite ingenious.
The Norden gateleg table is relatively simple, when it comes to product design and forms part of IKEA folding tables range. It is a simple space saving design with 2 folding leaves, a folding table that seats between two and four people.
Keep some folding chairs to one side for some extra space, for some unexpected dinner guests. The design is not specific to IKEA, in fact, as a dining table, it has been around for centuries.
If anything, you can argue that IKEA have done a great job in bringing it back to the mainstream, with the quality that they have built their solid reputation on.
IKEA Norden gateleg table hack
The Norden is a great product, but as I mentioned earlier, people tend to find uses for products to meet their specific needs. This is precisely what has happened here…a simple multifunction furniture table that is essentially famous for the sheer number of uses.
Here are a few uses…or hacks for the IKEA Norden gateleg table;
- Kitchen table
- Sewing table
- Foldable craft table
- Cutting table
- Console table
- Games board
- Room divider
- Sewing machine table
Customizing the IKEA Norden gateleg table
Although, the Norden is available in a plain white and wood color version, there is a real demand to customize them to fit people’s spaces. The IKEA hackers trend is in many cases, focused around making it fit your environment.
Changing the color is one such way. I’m afraid, it takes a little more effort than simply painting it. When the table arrives, it is painted in polyurethane which protects the table from everyday wear. Unfortunately, this cannot simply be painted over.
The table needs to be sanded down back to the base and thoroughly cleaned. It then needs to be painted using a primer which will even out the surface. Finally, your best option is to use a furniture paint. This is usually chalk based but is more suitable and comes in plenty of colors. If you want to protect the paint further, you can coat it in wax.
You can read more about painting coated furniture here.
We have discussed what the table is, what it can be used for and how you can customize it. Time to let the images of the IKEA Norden gateleg table hack do the talking.
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I hope that you found the images of IKEA Norden gateleg table hack useful, and hope you find the inspiration you are looking for. Remember, that IKEA has plenty of furniture that can be hacked, so it is absolutely possible to create a customized space at relatively little cost.
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