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Easy tutorial for making a DIY activity table for kids. Perfect for art projects, LEGOs and road sets!
If you are in need of a play table for your kids, then this post is for you! A few pieces of lumbar and screw in table legs make this project a cinch to complete. You will save so much money making this yourself.
We have a big room above our garage that we designated for the kids playroom. It’s a large room so it can be a bit tricky to layout with furniture.
When you have a large open room, one of the easiest ways to furnish it is to set up “zones.”
My goal with their playroom was to set aside a zone for TV watching and lounging, and another for crafting, playing legos, and tracks.
I wanted a LARGE low play table to accomplish this. Mainly, I wanted a LEGO table and a track table, since that’s what my kids seem to be doing a lot of these days.
There is not much to these floor tables and making one yourself is easy. Plus, after all the materials used, I spent under $100 and made it the exact size I wanted.
I’m excited to show you guys how to make your own DIY play table. I also made a DIY wooden stool to go around it!
things You’ll Need
- Birch Plywood Project Panel 4×4 feet
- 4 pre-made table legs (15 inches or lower)
- 4 top plates for attaching legs
- wood glue
- table saw
- painter’s caulk
- 16 feet of stop molding (optional)
- brad nailer
- Paint and Paint Roller (optional)
Where to find Lumbar: You can pick up everything for this project from Home Depot (and Lowe’s I’m assuming). Home Depot has a small section in Lumbar called Project Panels. This is where I found the top of my table. It’s a pre-sanded birch plywood panel. I also found the table legs and top plates back in the molding sections.
You can have Home Depot cut your lumbar right in the store. I had a 4×4 foot plywood panel cut down to 3×4. Save the excess panel because you will need it for the legs.
Kids Activity Table Sizing
Most kids floor tables seem to be around 32 inches wide by 48 inches long. I wanted mine slightly larger at 36 inches x 48 inches long.
About the Stop Molding
This is optional. The plywood panels don’t have a pretty side to them, and I didn’t want my kids LEGOs, cars and trains to keep rolling off the table. This stop molding goes around the edge of the table and gives it nice a finished look. Plus – it’s super practical and doesn’t get in the way of them playing.
DIY activity table
How to build a DIY activity table from start to finish. We are starting this project assuming you had your plywood cut down and you’re at home with all your materials.
Time to Make it: 2 days
cut plywood squares for legs
attach plywood squares to the table
attach top plates and table legs
attach stop moulding (if using)
If you are attaching stop molding, you will need to cut them down to size using your circular saw. You want them to overlap slightly in each corner so the two pieces meet and there are no gaps. To achieve this, make sure to either cut the end pieces or side pieces slightly longer than the table to overlap.
Use wood glue to attach the molding to the sides of the plywood board, then carefully brad nail them in a few spots. You want to make sure that your nails didn’t go through the bottom of the plywood. Double-check this at the end and pull out any poking nails.
Use a bit of painter’s caulk around the molding to hide and seal up any gaps. Then, give it all a fresh coat of paint. You can also give your table a coat of Polycrylic to protect the wood and seal it. That’s it!
I found these play table mats which lay on top and are perfect for protecting the table underneath.
This table is not super fancy, but I saved money and made it the exact size I wanted. My kids love their new floor table!
And the nice thing is, I can shove their LEGO bin underneath and the large table size hides it. How’s that for a DIY LEGO table!? 🙂 It’s the perfect place for them to do crafts, LEGOs, and play with their train tracks. They can even eat snacks and lunch on it.
The size ended up being perfect too. My husband commented that it is very large, but that was my goal. I wanted them to each have space to play on it at the same time.
Now I just need to make some cute wood stools to go around it.
Let me know if you have any questions and good luck! It really is a fun project.