Savvy mother shares genius dining room space-saving trick

Savvy mother transforms her cramped dining room by cutting her old table in HALF and attaching it to the wall – and swapping seats for storage boxes

  • Mum-of-three Louise Serena Clark, from Worcestershire, renovated dining room
  • Homeowner needed more space after nephew and niece moved into her home
  • She created an L-shaped table against wall for kids by cutting her old one in half 
  • Also replaced old chairs with ottomans for children to put their individual toys in 

A savvy mother has shared her genius trick for saving space after completely transforming her cramped dining room by slicing her table in half.  

Mum-of-three Louise Serena Clark, from Worcestershire, took to Facebook group DIY On A Budget Official to explain how she needed to make more room in her home after her nephew and niece moved in. 

Instead of splashing out on a new table, the thrifty homeowner decided to create her own by cutting her old chunky one in half – before replacing her tired chairs with ottomans so the children would have their own individual storage spaces. 

Alongside impressive before and after photos, she revealed she bought the Ottomans from B&Q, which cost £36 for 5, her Fablon and seat cushions from The Range, while the new hair pin table legs were bought for £34 for 4 legs from eBay.

Mum-of-three Louise Serena Clark, from Worcestershire, shared her genius trick for saving space after completely transforming her cramped dining room by slicing her table in half. Pictured, before the transformation

The savvy mother decided to create her own by cutting her old chunky table in half and rebuilding it as another table (pictured after the transformation)

Louise (pictured) said that while the project may not be ‘perfect,’ she underwent the entire project alone

In the initial post, which has since received almost 4, 000 likes, the DIY fan penned: ‘So I had this crazy idea to cut my old six seat dining table in half, and I have to say I’m pleased with how it turned out!’

‘I have five kids, my nephew and niece moved in with me last year as well as three of mine, I didn’t want to move house and after a lot of bedroom moving around and a whole house de-clutter. 

‘I’m working my way decorating the rooms. With space saving and storage in mind.’  

Louise told how she removed the old table legs and cut the table in half, before adding support to the wall and fixing on new legs. She then covered the old wood in Fablon. 

The savvy mother removed the old chunky table legs before replacing them with sleek, thinner black ones (pictured) 


The thrifty mother added extra support to the walls and new hair pin table legs, which she bought for £34 for 4 legs from eBay (pictured left, during the transformation process and right, after)

The mum replaced chairs with ottomans which she bought from B&Q – and covered them in cushions from The Range (pictured, after the transformation)

Louise revealed she painted the wall in the colour Mid Azure Green, her curtains are from ‘Peacock’ from Dunelm and her mirror is £49.99 from eBay (pictured, after the transformation)

She insisted that while the project may not be ‘perfect,’ she underwent the entire project alone.

‘It may not be perfect the table was old and a bit bowed’, said Louise. ‘But it works and the kids love it. I’m loving less of their clutter lying around. I did every little bit myself and I’ve never used a jigsaw before.’ 

She added that her wall is painted in the colour Mid Azure Green, her curtains are from ‘Peacock’ from Dunelm and the mirror was a steal from eBay at £49.99.

And members of the Facebook group were quick to take to the comments section to praise Louise, with one insisting that her new dining room is ‘absolutely fabulous,’ while another complimented her creativity.      

‘Love how inventive you have been it looks fabulous and if it works for you and your family bravo,’ praised one, while a second enthused: ‘Go you! It’s just absolutely fabulous you should be so so proud of yourself and your creative eye for detail enjoy it!’

A third commented: ‘Looks brilliant! Well done! Can you come and do one for me now lol.’ 

The savvy homeowner insisted that while the project may not be ‘perfect,’ she is ‘loving’ having a clutter-free home (pictured, after the transformation)

Members of the Facebook group quickly praised Louise, with one insisting that her new dining room is ‘absolutely fabulous,’ while another complimented her creativity

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