I knew we needed to add some sort of desk/table/storage solution to the mix. But the big problem I kept coming back to was not wanting to put a table in front of the big window, and also not wanting to create a permanent seating situation with your back to the great big window up front.
I wasn't really sure what to do with the space.
Under the pressure of trying to keep to the schedule and budget, I decided to build a storage shelf over the wheel well. I figured this space is already hard to utilize with the wheel well, and the client would need more storage. The storage piece is made with 1x12 boards, pocket holed together with a Kreg Jig and painted white. I kept the finished height to 30" - standard table height.
Then I had an aw-ha! moment ....
What if I added sliding doors to the front, to conceal contents of the cabinets, but easily slide from side to side for access -
But instead of tradditional sliding door hardware, what if I used pipe fittings and eye-hooks as the sliding hardware -
So not only would the doors slide, they could easily pivot upward -
With a hidden flip down leg, and the cabinet doors could become a desk ...
Or desks for two ...
Or half a table ...
Or even a full size table.
We still can't believe this all worked out! It did take a lot of trial and error, and half a dozen trips to the hardware store but so worth it.
Many of you have been asking for more specifics, so I thought I'd share some more details.
The storage cabinet is built using 1x12 boards, attached with pocket holes. It is built exactly the same size as the wheel well, and sits directly on top of the wheel well. It is overall 30" high. A 1x4 is attached to the front to support the pipe flanges. Behind the 1x4 I did block with scrap pieces of plywood attached to the top and dividers for additional strength. It is all painted a satin white, with Varathane Crystal Clear as a top coat on top to protect the top finish.
The pipe bar is comprised of 1/2" pipe fittings available off the shelf at most hardware stores. Floor flanges are used to attach to the cabinet, with elbows and tees used to connect lengths of pipe in between. Off the shelf eye-hooks are used to hang from the pipe and screw into the doors that double as tabletops.
The doors were made at least 30" wide to allow for a tableheight leg to be hidden underneath the door. When folded, the legs runs horizontal across the door. The doors are made of 1x boards, screwed to 2x4s on the back side. We used 2" screws to attach from the back side, but you can also attach from the front side, you'll just have visible screw holes. The doors are stained with Watco Danish Oil in Dark Walnut with a coat of Triple Thick Poly by Varathane.
To get the right height of the legs, I simply held the table up level and measured and cut the leg to fit, with the door hanging on the pipe bar. As I do with all of my furniture I added nail on glides (non-affiliate link) to protect the floors.