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First off I would suggest that you not hinge the top on the narrow end. Instead hinge it along the long side that is against the wall in the alcove. This will make it much easier to swing it up into position. Something like this: For supporting the hinge up shelf I would have a wood strip mounted into the side walls of the alcove that was positioned in a ...


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There are a lot of "off the shelf" options for accomplishing this. Some use the gusset theory mentioned in other answers and are quite strong. Look for items related to "locking shelf bracket", "locking support bracket", "folding wall bracket", and the like. This type will lock in the raised position and requires you to press a lever to lower it: standing ...


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This is a pretty easy question for general use, the challenge is doing it fail safe. There a number of hinges that do just this - the hinges on folding tables do just what you want that mechanism has been very reliable as far as I have seen, but I don't know if I would trust it with a baby. If you have a high enough ceiling, and the walls above the ...


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Consider the wonderful world of the gusset. In its usual guise, it supports and strengthens a corner formed by a pair of otherwise weak members. Gussets are used in truss construction, building framing and many other locations. In the simplest form, it's a right-triangle shape. For your application, one square side of the triangle would be hinged to the ...


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