Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Ikea Side Table to Lego Table



(This is the last of the playroom diy projects.)

When we decided to redo the playroom, I knew that we would need a Lego table for Mr. No.  He is Lego obsessed.  He can spend hours building and creating and his projects would end up every where.  I found the idea for this diy table at here at ikea hackers and made a couple of tiny changes. The most time consuming part of this project was twisting the table legs on.  It was completed in under 30 minutes (those table legs took forever!)

We really wanted the red table(Mr. No's favorite color) but they didn't have one in stock.   Since our ikea is over an hour away,  we went with black to match the curtains and shelving unit.


Instead of matching base plates, I used alternating blue and green.  I wanted it to be like land and sea for him.  I placed them down where I wanted them first and marked on the table with a  pencil so I would end up with an even border around the edge.


Instead of the putty they used, I used heavy duty double sided table. We already had it and it holds strong.  I'm not too concerned with reusing the table for something else when he's done with it so I didn't need them to be removable.  This is how I placed the tape to make sure it wouldn't come up while pulling off lego after lego.  The corner tape is key to keeping it properly in place.  I made our table about a year ago and the base plates are all still firmly in place.


To make sure the plates lined up, I used some 1x4 Legos.  It made for uniform lines on the plates and helped stick them down.  Last thing I wanted was for him to try to build and the legos wouldn't attach across the plates because they weren't in the right spot. 


It took all of 10 seconds after I told him it was finished for Mr. No to start playing.


We did get a little stool for him to sit on and I made a cushion for it but we usually all end up sitting on the floor around it instead.


I have to add that the rack of bins is a must have for the legos!  We had drawers for them.  They were a pain in the rear! A pain to find the bricks you wanted, a pain to clean up and a pain to get back in. Now we just start tossing legos into the proper bins for easy clean up and we use that large red bin on the top for all the creations that he wants to keep together but doesn't want on the table.  I did take an afternoon to separate them into bins by size and type. A little time consuming but it's so easy to find the bricks you want.   So there it is.  Simple, quick and easy lego table for half the price. 



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18 comments:

  1. Looks great! Thanks for the idea! What size Lego plates did you use? 15x15?

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    1. Thanks! The plates that fit the ikea table are the 10x10 ones. I bought ours at Toys R Us.

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  2. Hello,
    May I ask what size base plates did you use?

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  3. Sorry should have read the above comments!

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  4. Can you link which IKEA table you bought? I'm going to head there tomorrow to pick one up :)

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    1. it was this lack side table: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50272376/#/20011408
      it is surprisingly sturdy.

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  5. Hi great post! I will be naking this for my son's birthday. I was stuck on whether to make it all blue or green. This is made up my mind though, sea and land it is. I just wondered did you use medium sized 3m to stick down the plates? X

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  6. It was in our box of tape so I'm not sure. It was the thin kind and not foam and was under 1 inch wide. As long as it's permanent bond and for plastic, you should be fine. Ours gets constant use and the squares have not budged in the year since it was made.

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  7. Oh ok thanks for the advice. I bought the foam strips but they won't be enough. So I will buy the roll of 3m instead xxx

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  8. Awesome idea and great instructions! Is that rack of bins an Ikea product? I've seen them around but just can't place where...now that I see another awesome idea for storing Legos!

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    1. We picked up the rack at Walmart. I liked the fact that you could toss the legos in rather than having to open boxes or pull out drawers.

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  9. Is the tape from a roll? I'm going to buy tape but I only found foam one in a roll. Is this one clear plastic looking?

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  10. Shrewdly worked by the creator and Stunningly delightful usage of words.lego nesting tables

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  11. Love this idea! I also love the picture collage of all the animal pictures! Where did you get that?

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    1. Thanks! Actually I made it. It is just 4x4 photos of zoo and farm animals that we have taken and I mod podged them onto a black foam board.

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