While the typical pedestal table in an RV saves a lot of legroom, it usually only does one or two things. It goes up and down, or it breaks down to be put away. These functions are normally used to convert a dinette area into an extra bed. However, some RVers would love it if their single-legged table was a little more dynamic.
Using a few inexpensive supplies, an RV pedestal table can be turned into a useful spinning, sliding, and swiveling piece of furniture.
These four table hacks will depend on the size of your pedestal leg and tabletop, and what type of action you want your table to accomplish. Some RV owners might want their table to swivel completely out of the way, or some might just need it to slide back and forth.
1. Lagun Table System Hack
Many RVers, van campers, and boat owners are familiar with the Lagun table leg system. Made from anodized aluminum, this system swivels 360 degrees from two different locations. It also adjusts up and down on its mounting plate and can be locked down with simple hand locks.
You can also add your own tabletop to the system. Unfortunately, the Lagun’s mounting bracket only attaches to a vertical surface such as a dinette side or a wall. This limits its use for campers and trailers with limited vertical space or fiberglass campers without wood walls or surfaces.
The solution for this came from a representative at Lagun. Remove the Lagun leg from its mounting bracket and attach it to an existing pedestal table leg with either U-bolts, round band clamps, or adjustable hose clamps. These types of clamps can be purchased in various diameter sizes and can be tightened and removed easily.
2. 360-degree Galvanized Pipe Table
This tip comes from Derrick of the Back to Reality YouTube channel. He and his wife live in a camper van full-time and needed a more adjustable table. Derrick built a simple but brilliant little table that rotates 360 degrees in their tiny space.
His design, description, and supply list are available in his video and only include a few inexpensive items such as galvanized pipe and plumbing flanges. Again, this type of modification will depend on the size of your pedestal leg.
3. Lazy Susan Spinning Table
This over 100-year-old device can be used for so much more than spinning condiments around your dining room table. The Lazy Susan bearing is sold in various sizes and can be attached to a tabletop.
The Lazy Susan is available as a full 360-degree spinning bearing or can be purchased with a stop detent. This allows the table to stop at specific locations and can be helpful for rectangular tabletops. The woodworking company, Rockler, sells many sizes and types of Lazy Susan bearings and also has videos on how to install them.
4. Drawer Slide Table
This sliding table idea comes from the Tea Haus website. An Aliner owner modified his table to slide back and forth out of the way for easier access to the dinette seats. The mod was accomplished with a pair of inexpensive drawer slides intended for mounting under cabinet drawers or shelves.
The tabletop was attached with the sliders to another piece of wood, which was then attached to the pedestal table leg mount. The sliding table is held in place with another cheap piece of hardware: a flip-down cabinet hinge.