Instead of buying a kids’ table, how about saving a few bucks and making your own DIY version of a kid table that is bigger and badder – all for less than $20!
This project took only four steps and probably less than an hour to complete. And now we’re done, I really wish it was something I had done years ago instead of making do with a smaller, more expensive kids’ table, that hasn’t held up very well.
Here’s what you need for this project:
- the Linnmon pre-made desk top from Ikea (the 39x23ish version) – $5.99
- an eight foot 2×2 – $2.07
- 11′ of 1 1/2″ wide primed mdf (like this) – $7.02 for two 8′ boards
- eight tiny corner brackets (like these) – $4.54
- paint (optional)
Here’s how to build it in four simple steps:
- Cut your 2×2 into four equal lengths for the legs. Pick the height that works for you, but I went with about 22″. Sand those legs smooth, if necessary.
- Attach the legs to the table top with the corner braces (and screws provided) - two per leg. The braces should be as far away from the table edge as possible to leave room for the mdf trim.
- Cut your mdf to length to fit between each leg for more support and a nice, finished look. I used my nail gun to attach each piece, which worked great.
- Paint the legs and mdf. I used Behr’s Swiss Coffee (off the shelf) and it matches the table top really well.
And that’s how you get a really nice sized kid table for less than $20. Mine was even less because I already had a 2×2 and the primed mdf on hand (we pretty much have our own hardware store on the other side of our basement) so I only needed the table top and braces.
Don’t you just love projects that are quick, inexpensive, and really useful? Now we’ve got both kids using this table all the time for art, lego-building, and other crazy kid stuff. I really like that you can shove it against the wall and still fit two chairs along the long side of the table. Or you can pull it away from the wall and have lots of room for lots of kids. Kid art party anyone?
So, anyone else do a little Ikea hack to build something lately? Or make your own kid table? Happy DIY-ing!