How to Make Startup Tables – Seun Akinboni

Apr 25, 2016
The Startup table

The Startup table

The Startup table is getting quite popular lately, as more and more companies are adopting it as part of the set up for their interior furniture. Where it is common in corporate establishments to find staff huddled in cubicles and top tier management holed up behind sprawling tables with an ebony sheen, Startups are redefining work spaces by choosing interiors that are both aesthetically appealing and comfortable and flexible enough to serve as tools that make employees work better. This post will give details on how you can make your own Startup table.

The Startup table  basically comprises of a head made of laminated Medium Density Fireboard – an engineered wooden material – and four cylindrical, metallic legs cut to size. The MDF has so many advantages over natural [polished] wood among which is that it is much more durable.

Where To Get It:

The materials for the Startup table – The MDF – can be purchased at Mushin, Lagos. The boards come in varying lengths and you can find them in various sizes. They come in 0.5-inch, 1-inch, 2-inch and so on thickness, depending on the dimensions you want.

MDF in varying sizes

MDF in varying sizes

How To Make It:

The dimensions for the table depicted in the feature photo are 4-by-2 feet for the table head (1 in ch) and 2-feet each for the legs. To achieve this, you would either have to purchase a board that is 1-inch thick and of 8-by-4 feet dimensions or – if you want to save cost – purchase one that is 0.5-inch thick and laminate cut outs together to achieve the 1-inch finish still.

Basically, the 0.5-inch, 8-by-4 feet MDF material costs around N6,500 at Mushin, and you can make four table heads (4-by-2 feet each) from that. Also, the hollow metallic legs should cost about N2000 per table. Once the dimensions are specified for the carpenter, the material can be then be cut out and the legs affixed to make out the table.

Lamination:

The MDF material is usually laminated to result in a fine finish for the MDF. It also protects it and improves on the durability of the table. The laminating material comes in different colours and design. Depending on the interior of your office space and the general aesthetic around, you can choose a type of lamination that suits your needs and in a desired colour.

Startup Table with brown lamination

Startup Table with brown lamination

 

 

  • Seun Akinboni is Operations Manager at Hotels.ng