As a crafter, it gets hectic to organize work items before and after an experiment. That’s when I thought – why not set up a DIY large craft table that’s easy, cheap, and saves time?
I am excited to show you my next project which is my studio DIY large craft table. Let’s be honest, this thing is large, coming in at nearly 40 square feet. I think I shall call it my DIY craft island.
Before I get started on showing you how I made my huge craft table here are a few options you can purchase if you don’t want to spend the time building it yourself. There are some great options here that can give you a similar look.
How To Build Your Own Craft Table
If you’re a crafter, you’d certainly need a multipurpose, multifunctional craft table for you too. Follow the instructions here to set up one for your craft island!
I really wanted a project area as large as possible. An area where, while still being able to have plenty of room to access the cabinets, had as well a decent walkway.
Step 1 – SETUP BASES
So to start… you need the Kreg Jig. I love mine and used it to build the whole thing which makes is sooooo much easier.
Building drawers was a huge dream but after building my studio cabinets I opted for simple and utilized baskets and open shelves instead. I tweaked Ana White’s Modern craft table plan to make three oversized bases with a laminate countertop.
On Ana’s plan there was 3 sets of cubbies on one side. I tweaked her plan to include the same set of cubbies on the other side so it was symmetrical.
That allowed each of my bases to measure 50 1/2″ wide instead of 38″. I made three bases and spaced them evenly apart and then added the laminate countertop.
- For each base I cut 2 (1″ x 12″) pieces at 32″ and two to 49 1/8″ and four 34 1/4″.
- I made pocketholes and attached the shelves to the sides.
- Then I added my long 49 1/8″ piece onto the top.
- Next I added the sides, then I added the bottom.
- Lastly I added two shelves on both sides of the cubbies and added face frames to everything.
- Then I patched, sanded, primed and painted them Liquid Jade by Valspar.
Step 2 – SETUP STOOLS
Since I made three bases I could have made the table bigger or smaller by making the space between the bases longer or shorter.
I opted for 36″ between each base.
Step 3 – SETUP TABLETOP SURFACE
I opted for a white laminate top. Hoping I don’t regret the decision of going white. The reason I decided to go white was so when I take all of my pictures it would be on a nice white background.
The measurements are 53″ x 114″. This is not just a regular countertop width so you might have to work with a contractor or maybe a big box store you can order wider laminate.
Note: Feel free to change colors based on the requirement and the room’s theme.
The challenge, obviously, is trying to keep it clean. So far, so good, but it definitely takes more upkeep to stay clean than a darker surface.
I have a roll of paper towels, magic erasers, and some Shaklee cleaner on hand at all times.
Here’s the challenge I faced:
The laminate was oversized (did you know you can get it in 5″ x 12″ sheets???) so a friend of mine who specializes in working with laminate fabricated it for me.
He cut strips of plywood for the countertop to rest on and then we lugged (Holy crap it is heavy!) the laminate piece upstairs and it set perfectly on top. Then the top was screwed onto the plywood pieces from underneath.
Total cost of supplies for the DIY large craft island was $407.35 (including all materials I purchased).
But in the end I splurged and bought these barstools. It was late at night. I was near the end of my DIY capacity and still under budget and I was tired. But I do love them and they were exactly what I was looking for and I was done DIYing.
Decorating The DIY Large Craft Table
I grabbed a bunch of the Byholma Baskets from IKEA ($7.99) as well as some glass jars that I had in my previous studio to organize.
On the kids side of the table I opted for Dollar Tree baskets and old pencil boxes from my days as a teacher.
Many of you are thinking… How do you utilize that middle base? Aren’t those shelves under the table? Do you really crawl under there to get your stuff?
Nope. That is the kids shelves and they think it is the coolest thing ever to crawl under the table to grab their coloring or construction paper. In fact, I have found my son under there reading. HA!
The kids and I have already spent lots of time up here together creating, which helps me accomplish one of my goals of creating with my kiddos.
- You can feel free to play with colors but ensure that it’s not harsh. Otherwise, it can affect the mood of the crafting island.
- Crafters need tables that are tall to help them with drafting outlines and progressing further. Hence, increase the height based on your height. 36” is ideal for countertop crafting.
- Allow the room between middle drawers for kids to crawl and have a fun time.
What Height Should A Craft Table Be?
The ideal height is 36” for a countertop craft table. If you prefer sitting while crafting, you can reduce up to 6 inches.
It has worked well for me with 36” as the height. I’d recommend the same to you too.
How Big Is A Sewing Table?
A sewing table is height – 29.4-30.5 inches. As the person sits at a lesser height, it’s ideal for fixing it to 29 inches for height.
As I’m more of a crafter, I’d suggest a number less than 30 inches as it works well to suit your height.
I love it, I love it, I love it? So who wants to come over for a ladies craft night?