You know that little LEGO lover in your life? The one who gives you the puppy dog eyes as you walk down the LEGO aisle of your favourite toy store. Well, I’m about to turn you into their favourite person in the whole wide world… without buying another box of LEGO. Check out the tutorial below to learn how to make your little LEGO lover their very own LEGO table.
This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read the full disclosure. This was not my original idea. I found my inspiration on The Handyman’s Daughter via Pinterest.
My son, the bright 3 year old I talk about, he’s our Lego lover. He’s been a Lego enthusiast from the very beginning. It all started with some hand-me-down DUPLO LEGO that we found in our basement and before we knew it our play area was covered in DUPLO.
Our son’s enthusiasm for LEGO is real! For a good year of his life he would wake up in the morning, head straight to the play area and start building. He was more than happy to sit and build independently while we prepared breakfast. Ahh, those were the days!
And then my husband brought home a classic LEGO set for him. Game changer!
He was so excited to have his very own ‘big kid’ LEGO!
And I was NOT!
I was slightly panicked about bringing teeny tiny LEGO in to our home with a baby hanging around. Time to set some ground rules.
Ok, the ‘big kid’ LEGO only gets played with at the table. Deal? Deal.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? But…
That deal didn’t stop pieces from falling to the floor and disappearing until… you step on them in the middle of the night while getting up to feed the baby.
That deal didn’t stop our son from getting the stool and climbing said stool to try and get his ‘big kid’ LEGO down while I was nursing the baby.
We needed a better solution!
Not only to save my feet, but to keep our son and our soon-to-be on-the-move daughter safe.
I am so excited to share our solution with you! A quick, inexpensive and super simple DIY LEGO Table! And when I say super simple, I mean it… there are minimal supplies and absolutely no previous DIY-ing experience needed for this DIY.
Are you ready to make your little LEGO lover’s day? Check out the tutorial below.
DIY LEGO TABLE TUTORIAL
- Tape Measure
- No More Nails Adhesive
- LEGO Bricks
- IKEA Lack Side Table
- LEGO 10” x 10” Baseplates (4)
1. Assemble IKEA side table.
2. Sand the top of the table.
Tip: Do not sand right to the edge. Why? The baseplates are 10 inches x 10 inches, so when you put four together they will measure 20 inches x 20 inches. The table top is approximately 22 inches x 22 inches. You will want leave 1 inche of the outside perimeter as is.
3. Clean table top.
Tip: Make sure you remove all the dust from sanding. The table top needs to be as clean as possible so the adhesive can do its job.
4. Measure the centre of the table and mark with a pencil.
Tip: Check out this awesome tutorial on ‘How to Quickly Determine the Midpoint, Fraction Free’. Those fractions get me every time.
4. Confirm measurements by lining up each baseplate with your centre mark.
5. Once you have confirmed your measurements, apply adhesive to the back of the baseplates and loosely place on the table top.
Tip: Do one baseplate at a time. Loosely place your first baseplate, then apply adhesive to the back of your second baseplate and loosely place on the table top.
6. Once you have two baseplates loosely placed on the table top, connect baseplates with LEGO bricks and firmly press down.
Tip: Connecting the baseplates with LEGO bricks ensures you will be able to use the table top as one cohesive play area instead of four quarters. You will see what I mean when connect the LEGO bricks to the baseplates.
7. Continue until you have all the baseplates connecting and firmly placed on the table top.
8. Allow table to dry.
Tip: Refer to adhesive instructions for drying time.
That’s it. That’s all. See, I told you it was quick, inexpensive, and super simple.
In an hour’s work, you have a brand new inexpensive LEGO table for that little LEGO lover of yours!
Our son was sooo excited to find this under beside the Christmas tree on Christmas morning (as you can see below)! And I even more excited that he had his very own place to build! We keep the table in his room and the LEGO in his closet, away from his sister! This solution works fantastic for us!
What do you think of this inexpensive LEGO table? Is it something that could work for you and your family? Let me know in the comments below.
Oh, and if you want to save this tutorial for nap time, be sure to pin it!