How to make a custom craft table using Ikea Kallax shelves and a tabletop. This is a DIY table that you can make for your craft room. An easy DIY craft tutorial idea.
Is your craft your escape too? My craft room is my favorite room in our house! It is where I spend a lot of my time creating projects and writing tutorials for you.
Since I spend so much time there, I wanted a table that was functional and of course, pretty!
A while ago I posted about My Craft Room because I was doing some major cleaning and organizing.
The room was better, but still seemed cluttered those folding tables are just ugly!
I have been eying this craft table from IkeaHackers.net for a very long time.
Over Christmas break my husband was asking me what I wanted for my Birthday (December 30th) and I went straight to this table and said "this". Later that day we were at Ikea, and before I knew it 3 Kallax boxes were on our cart. Yay!
Supplies Used to Make a Custom Craft Table
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Assembling the Kallax Ikea Bookcases
The shelves are really the easy part, the Kallax Bookcases are pretty easy to put together. That is one of the things I love about Ikea is they make their assembly simple.
The Wood Table Top
After the shelves were all built we did some measuring so we would know exactly how big we wanted the top to be.
We decided on 32 x 72 inches. That made the top just a little bit bigger so there would be a touch of an overhang and then we wouldn't have to worry about being perfect.
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!
For the stain, I decided on English Chestnut by Minwax. For the polyurethane sealer, I chose the Fast-Drying Clear Semi-Gloss by Minwax.
When we got home we laid the board on top of the Kallax units and started by sanding the piece of wood. It was a good piece of wood so it didn't need a lot of prep.
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!
Attaching the Table Top to the Kallex Shelves
When the tabletop 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 Kallax units to each other and used 4 L brackets to secure the top to the units.
The top was pretty secure, but we wanted to make sure that it wouldn't move at all so we took 4, 2 ½ 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 Custom Craft Table is Finished!
Look at all of that storage! I was able to remove the large paper rack I using that was taking a ton of space!
Now, my room doesn't feel cluttered and I can even walk all the way around my table. I love it!
Would this table work for you as a craft table, or will you make it for something else? Share and leave a comment below.
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