We had taken a trip up to Renton last week to see the selection of dining tables at IKEA. We saw one we thought was good, but needed to think it over for a few days before making the big decision. We like IKEA because the furniture there is not expensive but mainly because it is so functional. We wanted a table that had more surface space and some storage. We bought the Gate Leg table and brought it home in a box. Assembly required with IKEA products.
The first step was to remove the existing table and vacuum the carpet. Annie was wondering where that table went. She looked out the window to see if it was there. Nope.
You always get assembly instructions “written” with cute little pictures. There were 8 pages of instructions for this table.
The kits come with all necessary hardware, hinges, pegs, etc. included in the box.
Bruce gets to work attaching the 4 hinges to the table top. There are 2 fold-down leafs (leaves?) so this will compact for retracting the slide for travel.
The base section is connected to the table top next. I’m really helping out by taking photos of the entire procedure. :)
The 6 small drawers have to be assembled next. There will be 3 drawers on each side of the table. We plan to transfer stationery supplies into these drawers, thus freeing up space in Bruce’s closet.
Here is one drawer which has been placed within the base frame of the table.
Here is the final product -- assembly complete. We are keeping our original dining chairs even though the finish is slightly different. We also have 2 folding chairs that match these main chairs and we keep those for the “Grands” to sit on. When we leave Tumwater we remove the folding chairs and store them in our basement compartment.
Here is 1/2 of the new table….the outside leaf has been lowered. When we travel both leafs (leaves?) will be lowered and the table will only be 10 1/4 inches deep. If we stop for a quick lunch we can raise the outside leaf, sit down and enjoy our meal.
Here is a final side view of our table fully extended. There is plenty of room for 4 people to sit down and enjoy a meal together. We will be testing it out this coming weekend when we take Zoey and Mackenzie out on a little camping trip.
There is plenty of room for the computer when we are not eating. From this location I can type out my blog posts and still keep an eagle eye on the TV if it is on. The weight is slightly more than our old table, but we’ve gotten rid of some things recently that we discovered (after almost 2 years) we weren’t using. Plus, we have weighed our coach and we are well under load capacity. Just in case you are wondering about that.
We are needed for babysitting tomorrow after all. Bruce figured out we will be having the girls 11 days in a row beginning tomorrow. We will be leaving Friday morning for Randle, Washington. They are looking forward to a little trip in the motorhome. Hopefully, I’ll still have my sanity by the time this is over. We get our own vacation at the end of July. We plan to make a quick trip over to Idaho to visit with my aunt and uncle. We are looking forward to that.
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.
Until next time…..so long for now!