How to Drill a Hole in an Ikea Linnmon Craft Table

Is it safe to cut into an Ikea Linnmon craft table? The short answer is yes. However, you have to be initially careful cutting into it and cognizant of what it is made of inside.

If I had to describe the inside of the Ikea Linnmon tables, outside they are made of laminate and inside they are made of heavy particle board with beehive structure. 

Initially, I was afraid of drilling into particle board and somehow cracking the table. Since the Linnmon table was under $30, I was willing to take a chance. And I’m glad I did because this technique for drilling a hole worked perfectly. I’ve added a few steps that you may not see in the video that looking back, I would have done differently.

For my scrapbooking and craft room, I wanted to drill grommet holes into the three Ikea Linnmon tables that I positioned together to make a large working table.

I wanted to have a hole that I could fish the electrical outlets through because I wanted my three Linnmon tables to be all perfectly edged together.


Tutorial on Drilling a Hole in an Ikea Linnmon Table

Supplies Needed to Drill a Hole in Particle Board (Ikea Linnmon Desk)

2″ White Desk Grommet
2″ Hole Saw
Drill Bit (long enough to go through the table)
Linnmon Table
painter’s tape (optional)

Note: I purchased the 5 pack because I know I’ll be using this technique again!

Directions for How to Drill a Hole in an Ikea Linnmon Desk

Step 1 | Figure Out Where the Hole Should Go

Figure out where you want the hole. Make sure that you account for the lip of the grommet so that the position of your hole is located with enough room to spare to the edge.

Step 2 | Prepare the Table

Flip the table to the underside, as you will be starting from the underside.

Step 3 (Optional) | Painter’s Tape

Put a piece of painters tape on the area that you will be positioning the drill over.

Step 4 | Use the Hole Saw to Drill Into Linnmon Table

Connect the hole saw to your drill.

hole saw to cut hole in linnmon table

Start drilling, once you commit – you should try to go all the way through. For us, our hole saw only went 2/3 of the way through the table.

Step 5 | Flip the Table

To figure out where to line the hole saw on the other side, you need to change to the drill bit and drill a hole in the middle of the circle you just cut. Flip the table and line up your hole saw so it is center with the hole you just made.

Step 6 | Add Your Grommet

Once cut, add your grommet that you can find off of Amazon.

Here’s a video of the process:

Craft room table top with Ikea Linnmon table - how to cut through linnmon table top without damaging it. Create a hole for the electrical wires.

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