Our boys have discovered the wonderful world of Legos. They will play for hours! Something I thought I’d never see. In my effort to find a way to keep the little buggers (the Legos) contained in one space, and not on my coffee table, I searched Pinterest for a DIY Lego table. It’s amazing what people have come up with! So much creativity out there.
Once I had an idea of the layout I wanted, I started to look at the big box stores for the best prices for my pieces. In this case, I wanted to use the melamine cube system that holds the fabric drawers. We use them in the boys’ play room to store toys, books and games, so this would make the table match the other storage in the room. Next, we hit Menards to gather up the items we’d need to make the table. Then it was home to start assembling!
I’m really happy with how it turned out! I’m proud that we built it ourselves, and that the boys are using it every day.
What you’ll need:
- 2 6-cube storage organizers
- 1 4×4 melamine board, 1/2″ thick
- 4 1/2″x1/2″x8′ prefinished outer corner moldings, or your preferred trim
- 3/4″ finishing nails
- 3/4″ wood screws
- 10×10 building baseplates, optional
How to assemble:
- Assemble your bases, according to the directions included in the organizers. Ensure that all screws are tight and the organizers are sturdy.
- Cut your top to your desired length and width. In our case, we chose to make it 41″ x 48″, requiring only a 7″ cut. We did this so that we could easily lay 4 Lego baseplates across the top, giving the boys an even surface to work on. In hindsight, we should have made it 42″, because of the trim we used. If you were to use a standard 3/4″ x 1″ piece of lumber to create the border, the top cut to 41″ would be perfect.
- Once the top is cut, miter cut your trim. By far, this is the most difficult step in creating the table. First, we had never done miter cuts on wood before. Second, the trim we used was a right angle that fit over the end of the top. This mean we had to cut the portion that rested on the table top at a 45 degree angle, but the portion that rested along the outside of the top needed a 90 degree angle. That’s why I’ve said you need 4 pieces of molding, you may ruin the first one. To make the cuts, we measure each edge, and made the cuts for that side.
- Once a piece of molding was cut, we applied it right away, using 3/4″ finishing nails. We then went to the next piece, so we could measure from the miter cut edge of the previous piece to ensure we got the corners as close as possible. I’ll say this: we weren’t perfect. They’re not tight, but they’re not 1/4″ apart either. If I feel like the edge is too sharp as the boys use the table, I will fill the corner gaps in with silicone.
- Once all of the trim is on the table, it’s time to assemble it. We took the two organizers into the room and decided on the layout in the room. Once we were happy, we measured to make sure the top was sitting on the organizers squarely. Using the 3/4″ wood screws, fasten the top to the organizers, going through the organizer up into the top. Because our top and the wood of the organizers were each 1/2″ thick, we used 3/4″ screws. This allowed for a tight grip, but we didn’t need to worry that we would pierce the top. So, rule of thumb is, measure your pieces and add the thickness together, and subtract a 1/4″ (1/2+1/2=1, 1-1/4=3/4)
- To completely cover the top of the table, you can purchase baseplates. Lego makes their own, which are 10×10. You can also look online and find others that are less expensive and will work perfectly. Be careful though. They are available in different thicknesses, so you’ll want to make sure that whatever you get for the top are all exactly the same thickness. At this point, you can either just lay the base plates on top, or secure them to the top using glue. We chose to just set them on top so that we could reconfigure them easily. We are thinking the boys may want road plates at some point.
That’s it! In all, it took us about 3 hours to make, most of the time on those miter cuts. And the cost was well under $100. The boys are really enjoying it, and I’m happy to have my coffee table back!