Tutorial: Make Your Own Custom Craft Table

Make your own custom craft table using Ikea Expedit shelves and a table top. You will love it!
I love my craft room.  It is where I spend a lot of my time creating projects and going over my tutorials.
Awhile ago I posted about My Craft Room because I was doing some major cleaning and organizing. 
Custom Craft table out of Ikea Expedit shelves
It was better, but it still seemed cluttered and didn’t have a lot of space. 

I had been eying this craft table from IkeaHackers.net for a very long time.  I pinned it and would drool and dream about it every time I came across it.

Make your own custom craft table using Ikea Expedit shelves and a table top. You will love it!
Over Christmas break my husband was asking me what I wanted for my Birthday (December 30th) and for whatever reason I remembered this table and showed it to him.  Later that day we ended up at Ikea and before I knew it 3 Expedit boxes were on our cart.  Yay!
The Shelves
Custom Craft table out of Ikea Expedit shelves
What you will need for this project is:
  • 3 Expedit Ikea bookcases 
  • Oak Board
  • Stain
  • Polyurethane (sealer)
The shelves are really the easy part, they are pretty easy to put together.  That is one of the things I love about Ikea is they make their assembly simple.
Custom Craft table out of Ikea Expedit shelves
After the shelves were all built we did some measuring so we would know exactly how big we wanted the top to be. 
Custom Craft table out of Ikea Expedit shelves
We decided on 32 x 72 inches.  That made the top just a little bit bigger so there would be a touch of an over hang and then we wouldn’t have to worry about being perfect.
The Top
We went to Lowe’s to pick out the board and decided on Oak.  Vern was very helpful and even cut the board to the size that we needed.  I love that they do that!
Custom Craft table out of Ikea Expedit shelves
And we picked out our Stain and Polyurethane Sealer
Custom Craft table out of Ikea Expedit shelves
When we got home we laid the board on top of the Expedit units and started by sanding the piece of wood.  It was a good piece of wood so it didn’t need a lot.  Then we applied 2 coats of stain and 2 coats of sealer.  The hardest part was waiting for it to dry between each coat.  I was so excited for my table that I wanted it to be done!
Custom Craft table out of Ikea Expedit shelves
The Assembly
When the table top was FINALLY dry we started putting it all together.  My husband got a drill and impact driver set for Christmas and was very excited to put it to use!
We used 2 flat brackets to secure the 2 Expedit units to each other and used 4 L brackets to secure the top to the units.
Custom Craft table out of Ikea Expedit shelves
The top was pretty secure but we wanted to make sure that it wouldn’t move at all so we took 4, 2 1/2 screws and screwed up through the top of the shelf into the bottom of the table in the 4 corners to make it good and secure. (Sorry, I am a slacker and didn’t take any pictures of this step)
YAY! My table is finished!
Custom Craft table out of Ikea Expedit shelves
I love all of the storage!  It allowed me to remove the big paper rack I had before that was taking up so much room.
Custom Craft table out of Ikea Expedit shelves
And now my room doesn’t feel cluttered at all and I can even walk all the way around my table.  I love it!
Custom Craft table out of Ikea Expedit shelves


  1. says

    Wonderful! I am contemplating something similar to replace the gateleg base under my cutting table so I will have better storage and a more stable top. I like how you have these fastened -will have to keep this bookmarked! I just wish we had an IKEA closer than 4 hours and a passport checkpoint away.

  2. says

    This is so awesome! I’ve been dreaming of one of these! I love the idea of using bookcases. There’s nothing like being organized and having a space to work. Yay for you!

  3. says

    What I would do to have a table like that in my craft room! Thank you for linking up with us on Whimsy Wednesday! We LOVE seeing you and your pretty projects every week.

    Happy New Year,
    Kelly from Smart! School {House}

  4. says

    That is awesome! I was thinking about doing something shorter for my little guy! Now I am super jealous and want one for myself…of course, I have to get a craft room first :)

  5. says

    I love your ‘birthday present’. and what great storage you have now :) I think one of the most important things to remember is to place it in the center of the room so you have access all around. Great job you and your hubby did.

  6. says

    What a great hubby you’ve got there! The table turned out great :) Don’t you just feel more inspired to create things when you have such a great place for it? I put together a sewing/craft room over Thanksgiving and it’s been wonderful :) Thanks for sharing this with us!

  7. says

    Oh my goodness! This is an amazing craft room table, my craft room has been pushed into the basement, and I have just this tiny round table to work on, I need to build one of these, lots of storage and work space! Love it!

  8. says

    Genius! I so wish I had a craft room so I could put one of these together. Yours turned out fabulous!!

    Thanks so much for linking up at Artsy Corner. You were featured this week, so stop by and grab a button! Hope to see you again this week :)

  9. says

    Love this table, I found it on pinterest.

    Now you’ve used it a few months would you please tell me whether its a comfortable height to work on standing up? I like to sew and my current table is far too low and I get a sore back but I’m a shorty so want to be able to reach!

    • says

      I do think it is comfortable to stand and work at. but if it did end up being too short for you, you could always add some legs to the shelves to give you a couple more inches.

      I hope that helps!

  10. says

    I saw your thumbnail on Freedom Friday and had to check this out! That desk is totally awesome – I’m so jealous! Do you mind saying what the total cost of the project was?
    Ang, Juggling Act Mama

  11. says

    I drew a picture very recently of my dream craft table that looked very similar to this. Thanks for blazing the trail. It looks fabulous and extremely functional! I just found you through Our Delightful Home. I’m your latest follower. You can find me at crazythriftycrafts.blogspot.com.

  12. says

    Hi Katie, I am in LOVE with this table. You did such an awesome job on it too, This would make my life so much easier and more organized if I had one in my craft room. I’m defiantly adding this to my wants for that room. Thanks so much for sharing how to do it and Happy New Years :)

  13. says

    Oh, love your craft table! I hope we get a chance to make one too. I’ve pinned a few myself. I love how yours turned out. Happy Crafting!! & 2014! Theresa @DearCreatives

  14. says

    Wow! What a Great project! I love your craft table!
    One question, where did you get those ink holders?
    That’s a great idea too!

    • Katie says

      They are called media stix. They are meant for for dvds or cds. I got mine at Target but you can also find them online.

  15. jIMMY SPIER says

    How is the tables durability? I am is worried that the screws will not hold up in the Ikea bookcases since they are card board base.

    • Katie says

      I have had this table for over a year and I still absolutely love it! I even had to take it apart and put it back together when I moved, and it is still super sturdy.

    • Katie says

      Of course it could. The top could be any material you would like. You may just have to find a different way to attach it.

      • Genie says

        This is great!! I’ve seen similar pins on Pinterest but yours looks even simpler.
        I’m wondering though…..couldn’t you use one of the IKEA desktops or table tops? Or was it even cheaper to buy and stain the oak board? I’m frugal but also lazy since I don’t have a hubster to help with projects.

        Just thinking of other options……but I’d do the board if I had to. I love this for even a regular home office desk!

        • Katie says

          You could totally use a premade IKEA tabletop and not have to worry about staining. I wanted to stain so that is why I went with that.


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