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Make a counter height Craft Table (from 2 shelves, a table top, and 8 legs)

I have been squirreled away down in my basement for several days, opening up boxes, purging junk, and finding new homes for all my craft/sewing stuff.  I haven’t been able to find my interfacing for weeks, or my white felt, or ugggh… serger thread.  So, I finally forced myself to actually open up and clean out the 11 or so boxes that were just sitting in my craft room.  They had all been opened and I was able to find a few things as I needed them………but I’ve felt suffocated in my craft room since we moved into our new home (well, rental home), 3 months ago.


However, YAY, it’s all cleaned out.


But something that I didn’t have…..but really wanted, was a craft table.  No, not just a regular ol’ table to sit at.  I wanted something tall that I could walk around and not hunch over while cutting/gluing/designing.  And I wanted some storage.  And a white surface.  Oh, and by the way, I didn’t want to have to spend very much.  ;)  So, I looked online.  Holy smokes!!   What I found (that filled all those requirements) was going to cost me between $500-$800.  ((gulp))  Yeah, not in the budget.  However, I was willing to spend a little bit to make it work.



So, I bought 2 cube shelves, a plain table top, and some legs.  And lucky me, they all fit together (almost) perfectly!!!!  (The table top is about 1/4 inch wider than the shelves…..but you can’t even tell.)


And now I have my own little makeshift Craft Table.

Make a counter height craft table (from 2 shelves, a table top, and 8 legs)

 **The finished table ends up measuring about 38 inches tall and the table top space measures about 31 x 47 inches.  




It’s nice to have a tall/large place to cut fabric on, spread patterns out, or make paper crafts, etc.

Make a counter height craft table (from 2 shelves, a table top, and 8 legs)




I can either walk around it while working on things, or pull up my counter height stool and have a seat.  It’s perfect.

Make a counter height craft table (from 2 shelves, a table top, and 8 legs)

**In case you’re wondering, I bought the chair here, and just re-covered the seat with a punch of yellow fabric.  It’s the perfect height for my 38 inch high craft table.  Also, the baskets are from Ikea (I couldn’t find them online though).




Want to know the price?  And where I got all the parts to my new craft table?  Yep, Ikea.

Make a counter height craft table (from 2 shelves, a table top, and 8 legs)




Not bad.  Considering I could only find something similar for about 3 times that total price. 


Need some links?  Here’s the tabletop, the shelves, and the legs.  The baskets are from Ikea too….but not online.  And remember, the legs are optional……and only necessary if you wanted to add a little height to the table.

***The link for the tabletop says $80 but that includes the frame. I’m pretty sure I paid $50 for the table top without the frame….but they don’t list that option online.  But you can for sure buy it separately at the store.  Also, the legs come in size 4 inch, 6 inch, and 8 inch.  I purchased 6 inch and they’re perfect.




HOWEVER, if you don’t have an Ikea nearby……here’s something similar you could buy at Home Depot…..(or another home improvement type store in your area).


How about purchasing 2 of these cube storage shelves ($45 each) and this hollow door ($37).  And then just spray paint the door white if you want everything white.  By the way, this door is 36 inches wide and so are the shelves.  Perfect fit. However, the door is 80 inches tall so your table will be bigger then the one I made above……but if you have more room for a larger table, this would be great.  Oh, and the table would end up being 37 inches tall… you wouldn’t need legs in case you were wanting them. :)

Make a counter height craft table (from 2 shelves, a table top, and 8 legs)    Make a counter height craft table (from 2 shelves, a table top, and 8 legs)





Want to see how I put it all together??



Okay, first of all, remember, I’m 5’11”.  So I wanted my Craft Table extra tall….so I screwed some legs right into the bottom.  And that added another 6 inches.  YES!  But you shorty-pants can leave them off if you need to.  (And I only say “shorty pants” out of love…..because sometime I wish I could whack a good 6 inches off my height! ;) )

 Make a counter height craft table (from 2 shelves, a table top, and 8 legs)



I also spray painted some baskets and slid those into each of those slots……but you could also do without and stack fabric in those slots, line up threads, pile up scrapbook paper, etc.  OR, you could make your very own fabric baskets, using the tutorial here.

Make a counter height craft table (from 2 shelves, a table top, and 8 legs)



Oh, and because we tend to move around (yeah, we’re still renting), I didn’t want to glue the table top on and then not be able to get this sucker apart and move it wherever we go from here.  So I made my table top removable. 

Make a counter height craft table (from 2 shelves, a table top, and 8 legs)




And that’s because I added sticky dots to the underside of the table top and matched them up with the top side of each shelf.  They are super sticky and haven’t given me any trouble.  I lean up against this table, move things around, bump the base, etc……and haven’t had any problems at all with shifting.  The table top never moves……unless I pull it straight up to separate the velcro.  Plus, it sure makes transporting this thing a lot easier. :)

Make a counter height craft table (from 2 shelves, a table top, and 8 legs)



However, if you aren’t worried about transporting a craft table, glue it together.  With some super strong epoxy glue.



And that’s it.


Now, I have a little Craft Table in my craft room. 

Make a counter height craft table (from 2 shelves, a table top, and 8 legs)



 So happy I didn’t fork over a fortune for some crummy one online. :)





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Make a counter height craft table (from 2 shelves, a table top, and 8 legs)



  1. Inventory Clerks London says:

    Wow, how do you come up with these ideas? This table is amazing – great job!

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  3. Leigh says:

    My wife thanks you for her Birthday present :-) I made a variant of this using 4 x EXPEDIT shelves to provide more storage. It all fits perfectly!

    1. Ashley says:

      Love it! So glad it worked out for you…….and then some! :)

  4. Becca says:

    I love it!! You did a great job! It’s so, so nice to have a home for all things crafty. And to have one that is so beautiful to look upon is not so bad, either! Great work!!

  5. Jen says:

    SWEET! I have been wanting to redo my craft area, thanks for the idea!

  6. Karie says:

    You’re a genius Ashley! I absolutely LOVE your craft table! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  7. Jen says:

    Wondering if you recall the name of your green curtain fabric in photos. It looks similar to one I’d picked out at But I think I prefer it in your craft room to my living room! Thanks.

    1. Ashley says:

      Hey Jen, the curtains are Waverly Home Classics brand (purchased at Lowe’s but I’m sure they’re available other places) and the style is Lovely Lattice Citron. Hope that helps! :)


  8. Christine says:

    I love your site! I wandered to it accidentally and immediately loved it. You create things that are practical and useful. Thank you for your clear and precise instructions that even I can follow. I have had a partially finished sewing table for -um- too many years to remember. My husband created the framework and that’s as far as we got. Yeah! I can finally finish it!! My sewing machine and serger will finally have a real home. As usual with your blog, it gave be extra ideas. I had just been looking for “toy” holders for my grandchildrens’ belongings that seem to migrate to (and seem to remain) at my house. I too have lots of unused plastic needlepoint canvas in my stash just waiting to be used. Did I tell you how much I love your blog?!!

    1. Ashley says:

      Awww, thanks Christine! How sweet of you! Best of luck finishing your table! :)

  9. ks sunflower says:

    What a fantastic post!

    I am exactly your height and will be soon facing a big move. For the first time ever, I will have space for a library and craft room, and have been fretting about what to do for a table because with all the moving expenses, I may not have much left to customize my space. How sad it would have been to have space and be able to use it comfortably or effectively.

    However, thanks to you, I will and it will be perfect! If I could give you a hug, I would. You completely solved my dilemma, lowered my anxiety (and probably blood pressure) and gave me a stylish and cost-effective way to make my space mine. You also ensured I never, ever have to bend and ache again – how nice to have a tabletop at the height I need at a price I need.

    If found your blog at craftgawker, and have bookmarked it for future inspiration. Thanks, again!

  10. robin says:

    Well done, Ashley! This is just in time for my craft room redo! Such inspiration! I was wondering where you found your dress form? Love it!


    1. Ashley says:

      Oh gosh, I’m pretty sure I bought it on Amazon. Just search dress forms on amazon, and I’m sure it’ll come up there.

  11. Kristen says:

    so super cute! Love it

  12. Sami says:

    What a lovely idea, I´ve been waiting for my son to move out (which he plans to do in a couple of months) so I can update my study and add a crafts table, and this would be ideal. Great job!!

  13. Nikki @ Tikkido says:

    Fabulous!! Now if only I had a place to put such a thing. At least my kitchen island fills a similar need, and has a nice view of the TV for those late night crafting sessions, too!

  14. Aliyah says:

    I’m in love!! :o) I’ve been searching for a craft table as well, and found nothing within my budget. I have an Ikea 15 minutes away, and I will be going ASAP. Thanks for sharing and your craft room looks gawjus, dahling!! :o)

  15. auna says:

    I made pretty much the same thing for my website a while back. If you purchase in-store at Ikea, you can get the table top for $10 in white or dark brown :)

  16. Kristina Noall says:

    You. Are. Brilliant.

    As usual.

    *sigh* oh, to have anywhere to craft besides our “dining room” table in a small apartment, having to clean it all up and put it away every night! Someday…but if anyone deserves an awesome craft room, it’s you! GREAT job!

  17. DeedraMartinez says:

    This is a great idea, I wish I had my own mom room to do this in. Thank you for the great idea.

  18. Brooke says:

    Love it! I am missing my craft space :( we moved and just don’t have the space right now, but am loving this. I absolutely love the curtains. I know you said you found them at Lowe’s, but could you give me the color and name of them? Thanks. I am in the market for new curtains and just love the color and print.

    1. Ashley says:

      Hey Brooke, the curtains are Waverly Home Classics brand and the style is Lovely Lattice Citron. Hope that helps! :)


  19. Jaclyn B. says:

    Ok, that is such an awesome idea! I LOVE it.

  20. Brittani says:

    Oh, I’m drooling! I just got into sewing recently, don’t even have my own machine yet (but thank goodness for gracious mothers). I have a room that I can take over for crafting, but right now I don’t have enough of anything to fill it and so I’m using an old trunk!! I wish I had that much fabric in my stash and that it was organized so well!! One day, though.

    Also I love the table. I’m pinning this so I remember … for when I do get my room. :D

  21. Delight says:

    Wow! Looks SO great. What a great idea, thank you for sharing!

    Idea: you should spray paint your bar stool white to match :)

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks Delight! And yeah, I thought about painting it but the whole room is really white and so I decided I liked the contrast of the stool. I should post other pictures of the room…..white table, shelves, fabric shelves…..white, white, white. haha! :)

  22. tasha says:

    Every time I think I can’t love you more, you surprise me. I am sure we are twins separated at birth. I love this project like hot chocolate on a snowy day. It just warms my soul.

    1. Ashley says:

      Haha… cute are you! Now I’m dreaming of winter. And hot chocolate. Haha! :)

  23. Stephanie J says:

    Looks great, Ashley! I put together something similar a couple of years ago when I re-did my craft room, but I used the JetMax cubes from Michaels + a shelf intended for those bracket shelving systems. To keep my ‘tabletop’ (which is a perfect match color-wise to the cubes) in place, I put that shelf liner that you use to make grippy hair clips under the tabletop. It doesn’t move at all! Also, you can get those shelves in all sorts of lengths & widths, and it would be easy to put two together to make a wider table (I can’t remember the maximum width they come in)… and they’re SUPER cheap – like, I’m pretty sure it was about $10 for the one I have, which was 8′ long and 2′ wide; I wound up cutting it in half, so I had two 4’x2′ pieces, which became a ‘tabletop’ for my ‘desk’ and a ‘countertop’ for the other section of cubes in the back of my space.

  24. sarah says:

    I have always wanted a large workspace to spread out my crafts, but had been thinking when i make one of putting in a notch on top of the table like they have at the craft stores so when cutting material it will stay flat on not raised. would that have been possible on that table top?

    1. Ashley says:

      Hmmm, I’m not sure it would be easy to get a nice and neat cut through the veneer top. The edges would probably end up jagged. But if you were making your own slab of wood for the table top, that would be an awesome idea! :)

  25. Emma says:

    This would be so much better than using my kitchen table to craft on, so clever using the velcro dots to make it portable.

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh my word, I have used my kitchen table for years. So I totally understand! Just add it to your “maybe one day” list……and you’ll love it! :)

  26. Missy says:

    Does IKEA also sell the baskets? They are the perfect size! The table is so cute and functional. I love it!

    1. Ashley says:

      Yes, they’re from Ikea. I added that info into the post. Thanks!!

  27. Colleen says:

    What a great idea! I might try this myself that is when I can find the space for it! I would love a nice sewing space with a table like this for cutting out patterns and for my sewing machine!

  28. Amanda says:

    And, if you go to the as-is section, you can probably find a display table top even cheaper! Especially if it’s going to be used for crafting, they usually put them in as-is once they have a bump or scratch or two, but it’s never too bad. :) When I lived near Ikea I would go once a month and just check what was in as-is.

    1. Ashley says:

      Ooh, YES! Love the as-is section!

  29. Candace says:

    Beautiful job! I love your bright, happy craft space.

  30. leah says:

    GE-O-NI !!!!

    that’s means in hebrew : genius!

    I definitely want one just like this.

    Given the fact I don’t have any place to put it there. I think I have no other choice than moving :-)

  31. Charity says:

    Using the velcro dots is really clever! I may have to borrow that trick. =)

  32. Amy says:

    Oh, how clever you are!! This is fabulous! Your craft room looks so sunny and clean! LOVE!

  33. Michele N says:

    I love this! Something like this might show up in my best friend’s craft room. Unfortunately I don’t have my own craft room & no space for one. Pinning this, we are hoping to make a trip to Ikea for her craft room but if not thanks for sharing the Home Depot options.

  34. Sarah says:

    I am incredibly jealous! Now I need to re think my quilting space / office.

    However I have a lot of cleanup to do before I can justify buying anything new.

  35. HokieKate says:

    As a 5’10” IKEA fanatic, I love this post. Nearly everyday I bemoan the fact that my nearest IKEA is 380 miles away.

  36. Nicole says:

    That is so awesomely clever!! Thrifty fabulous!

  37. Vicki says:

    Looks fantastic, I would love to make one of these for my school room!

  38. Lindsay says:

    I love the table, I want one when we have the space. But can I ask, where did you get the curtains? I’ve been looking for some similar ones for our dining room.

    1. Ashley says:

      The curtains are from Lowe’s. I was going to make some but saw that fabric (while there for paint) and had to get them! :)

    2. Ashley says:

      I LOVE all of it! We may be moving into a new rental house soon, and I’m already arranging it all in my mind. :) I may just have to make this table. Now, do you have ANY recolection of what those curtains were called? I cannot seem to find them on the Lowe’s website. THanks!

  39. Erin's Creative Energy says:

    That turned out great! You have given me some ideas for when I redo my craft room after my kids start up school.

  40. Belinda says:

    Brilliant! In a similar situation, I’ve used a non slip rug pad, cut to size, or even a non slip shelf paper between a table top and a dresser or other table to keep the top from slipping around while I work.

  41. Sharon Thomas says:

    Years ago, I bought a cutting table at a sewing store 60″ X 36″. The center is where all the support is, and the it folds down for storage. BUT, do I ever fold it down? Not any more. Do I have storage underneath? Not until my hubby made a thread cabinet to my specs and a small shelving unit to hold long narrow necessities like my sleeve board.

    You, however, have come up with a MUCH better solution. You have the surface space as well as some great storage as well a movability.

    Great job!!

  42. LinhC says:

    Your post came at the perfect time for me, as I search the web for ideas on crafting spaces. I love your ideas, and thank you for the links as well as other options (Home Depot). Definitely adding this post to pinterest/bookmarks!

  43. Kerry says:

    Where did you hot he baskets that fit perfectly?

    1. Ashley says:

      The baskets are from Ikea. They have lots there to choose from……just not very many online. :)

  44. Valerie Nelson says:


  45. Michelle says:

    Wow! What an awesome idea! Love your craft room.

  46. Kia says:

    I love it

  47. Roxanne says:

    It’s beautiful! Where did you take you curtains? I love the color!

    1. Ashley says:

      Roxanne, the curtains are from Lowe’s. I was going to make some but saw that fabric (while there for paint) and had to get them! :)

    2. Jenni/Life from the Roof says:

      I got the same curtains in blue – the fabric retails for much more per yard than the curtains cost – I love mine too :).

  48. Sarah says:

    you are a genious!
    this is a great table and should serve you well for years & years!!

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