Hidden Storage: Under Table Top Space

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Good morning! Guess what? We just finished another fun space-saving mini-project. Well, Caveman did it all. I just clapped and smiled and encouraged because that’s really all I’m good at. However, I am proud to announce that THIS idea was my own. My genius! Caveman’s design! We recently modified our kitchen table into “two tables in one” to gain some hidden storage space. Click through to see more pictures. 


The other day I was thinking how nice it would be if we had an extra table surface. What I really wanted was a hideable space where we could store electronics, or leave up a half-played board game, or even keep linens or the kids’ preschool supplies. I stared at our table and realized that if Caveman slapped a board on the bottom there then sawed off the table surface right there, we could gain 3-4″ of space.

I waited not-so-patiently until he got home, and then excitedly poured out my idea. He was impressed at my innovation and set to work. (You know I love having such a handy hubby who can just create things like this just like that.)

He still had some plywood left over from the boys’ bunk beds, so we didn’t have to purchase the base. (Bonus!) A couple hours at a friend’s shop, a couple hinges and a coat of paint later and Voila!

Here’s our old-but-improved dining table, complete with a storage surface underneath the table top.


under table storage space


Really, this project could be replicated with any cheap solid wood table designed similarly to ours. So if you’re looking for a leetle bit more storage space, I hope you’re inspired. The possibilities are endless!

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Fun, huh? What do you think? If you like, don’t be afraid to pin! 🙂

Have a great week folks. Happy living small!

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  • Kim
    March 31, 2014

    That is awesome! So many useful possibilities! Enjoy the fruit of your ingenuity and the willingness of your caveman’s craftiness.

    • Evelyn
      March 31, 2014

      Thanks Kim. It does come in handy 🙂

  • Sara
    March 31, 2014

    That’s awesome! You know how much I love hidden storage. Great job!

    • Evelyn
      March 31, 2014

      😀 Yes I do! He did a great job, as always!

  • Ivana
    March 31, 2014

    What a great idea!! 🙂

  • Jane Sasser
    March 31, 2014

    Did the boys love the whole idea, too? It’s very cute! I’m impressed with both of you– but that isn’t exactly news. 🙂

    • Evelyn
      March 31, 2014

      They loved the project, naturally. 😉 You’re sweet!

  • George
    March 31, 2014

    I like this.
    You took dead space, most people would not recognize, and converted it into useful space. 🙂

    • Evelyn
      March 31, 2014

      Great way of putting it George! Thanks for teaching your son all these handy skills 🙂

  • Dorina
    March 31, 2014

    you never cease to amaze me. Hey, I have a great idea for you…pitch this idea to Pottery Barn and Ikea. I could be your agent…good luck with this amazingly creative idea. I am amazed by your energy. Hope the new mom is doing well…;)

    • Evelyn
      March 31, 2014

      Hah! Great idea Dorina…..but I certainly don’t have time for pitching ideas besides whats for dinner! 😉

  • Jillian
    April 1, 2014

    This is amazing! And kudos to Caveman on his awesome handyman skills!

  • Nancy Thompson
    April 1, 2014

    Brilliant idea. I’ll tuck this one away for future reference as we’re just starting our downsizing for retirement. Thanks!

  • SarahW
    April 2, 2014

    You never cease to amaze me. ALWAYS impressed that you have room in your brain for these kinds of ideas, all while being a great mama. I rarely have these kinds of ideas, and I don’t have four other people living in my house with me! 😉 My less than handy hubby probably won’t ever get this project-inspiration, but just in case, I think it is very pin-worthy 🙂 Love you!

  • Dale
    April 2, 2014

    Very cool!

  • Florence Richmond
    February 11, 2016

    Great idea! I moved recently to a new place and I still don’t have a normal table. This storage solution is quite clever and convenient and I’m definitely having on mind while searching for a suitable table at the thrift store. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Ashley
    March 6, 2016

    This is exactly what I have been wanting to try! Glad to see someone has done it successfully!

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