“ Brand: Ikea / Type: Table „
I'm currently studying for a History degree with the Open University, and whilst I do have two computer desks, one in the living room and one in the bedroom, I do find that on occasion I'm forced to study elsewhere - if my daughter is watching TV in the living room I just can't concentrate, and ditto if my boyfriend is in the bedroom shouting obscenities at his friends over skype as they play some sort of co-op game. So, I decided to set up an emergency study space in the downstairs hallway - no noise, no bother, but not really much room either.
Which is exactly why the Norbo wall mounted foldaway desk is perfect. Essentially, it is a fold down tray that sits on a support that itself folds away, meaning that when not in use, it really takes up no space at all. That's actually an exaggeration, but when folded down it only protrudes 8cm from the wall, and provides, for those of you of a decorative mind, a very small shelf for knick-knacks. I actually have a few Buddhas ranged along this tiny shelf.
Pull out the base and fold down the tray however, and you have a workable surface of 79cm x 59cm - not massive, but easily enough for the average laptop, a pen pot, and a couple of books. Or indeed, it could also be used as a child's bedroom homework desk.
Although you get the desk and hinge in the packaging, fixings are not included as walls do vary - some walls may need different kinds of screws than others, but essentially, once you know what kind of wall you're fixing to (solid brick, plasterboard, concrete, stone) the actual process of setting up the desk is fairly quick and easy - it took us about 15 minutes.
We did find initially that one of the hinges was very tight, and needed to apply some WD40 to make the desktop come down without an awful scraping noise, but overall, we have been quite pleased with desk. The pale birch finish is quite attractive, though I would have liked different finish options so I could match it to the rest of my furniture. It is able to handle a good weight - whilst I certainly wouldn't recommend over burdening it, it supported everything I needed for my studies- and the fact that it folds away when not in use enables me to have an additional study spot without taking up space.
Overall, for 29 quid I would recommend it. However, I don't feel the instructions necessarily provide enough help in distinguishing what kind of wall you have, and therefore what kind of fixings you need.As a DIY novice, that does make it harder for me, and I'll be deducting two stars for that!
Being completely spoilt by my husband happens all year round in our house. Instead of showering me with lavish gifts or whisking me away to romantic locations, he simply indulges my day to day needs and desires, and makes my life enjoyable all of the time instead of just some of the time. My latest hobby is sewing, and when he said he would get me a sewing machine for Christmas, he set to work creating a little corner of the dresser room for me to set up my machine and have some uninterrupted space.
In the corner of the room in question, there is a built-in cupboard which we always intended to rip out but never got round to it. My husband thought it would be a good idea to set up a folding desk in the cupboard, with some hooks and shelves, so I could set up my sewing machine but also have the option to shut the doors on it if it was looking messy or cluttered. Or, in reality, I think he was probably suspecting I might get bored of my new hobby within six months and so we could shut the door on the cupboard and pretend it wasn't there!
The desk we chose was this wall-mounted folding one from Ikea. It's actually described as a "wall-mounted drop-leaf table", which suggests it is designed for use as a table rather than a desk, but ultimately it serves the same purpose. The colour we chose is antique stain, and I have to say this looks very authentic and has the appearance of oak about it. It certainly fits in with our room, and doesn't look cheap as you might expect for the price. It currently costs £29 from Ikea, and comes in antique stain or birch.
The table itself measures: W 79cm, D 59cm, and min depth 8cm. This basically means that when it's in position it comes out of the wall by 59cm, but when it rests flat against the wall it will still come out by 8cm. The idea behind the folding aspect is obviously to save space when not in use, and this has worked perfectly so far in my sewing corner where I can extend the table when I'm sewing, and just put the table down when not using it. Setting the table up is very easy, it's simply a matter of lifting the top and sliding the bar underneath by 45 degrees, to align it with the slot under the table. You just have to make sure the slots are aligned so the table is sturdy.
The table is fairly hardwearing for the price, and I was pleasantly surprised by its quality. The sewing machine I got for Christmas is quite lightweight, but still heavy enough to need a sturdy table. I also place other items on the table whilst I'm working, such as my sewing box, or a book on a stand to follow instructions, and this, coupled with me sometimes leaning on the table, doesn't seem to cause a problem. If you were intending to use it as a dining table, you could comfortably seat two people around this table with enough room for a plate and cup each, without bumping elbows with one another.
As with all Ikea furniture, this one required shouting and swearing, sorry I mean self-assembly on arrival home. My husband battled with it on his own and it was only when I heard things being thrown I feared for the cat (joke!) and went upstairs to investigate. Apparently it is extremely difficult to mount to the wall on your own because you have to drill the back post to the wall whilst balancing the table top on your head, as the table top covers the post in the flat position. Quite why my husband didn't just ask me for assistance to make life easier I'll never know......
Overall, I am extremely pleased with this table, and even more pleased that my husband was thoughtful enough to set it up for me to indulge me in my latest hobby. The fact it is wall mounted means you can choose the height you set the table at, so the only thing I would recommend is waiting until you have purchased a chair before setting it up and realising it's the wrong height. Other than that, and the difficulty with assembly, it's a brilliantly sturdy authentic looking storage solution.
(Review also on Ciao under username Gingerkitty)