Easy step-by-step instructions for how to build a LEGO table at a fraction of the cost of retail! Keep your kid’s LEGOs organized with this simple DIY LEGO table.
Welcome back to the second week of our $100 Room Challenge where we’re making over my son’s bedroom!
Just joining us? Be sure to check out the before pictures and read up on the plans for his room in last week’s post. 😊
If you’re new to the $100 Room Challenge (like I am – this is my first time participating) let me give you a little back story!
Erin of Lemons, Lavender & Laundry started the challenge on her own as a way of showing her audience that you don’t need thousands of dollars to create a lovely home.
In the recent years, she’s opened it up for other bloggers (like me!) to participate and share our transformations too!
I love the concept of the challenge – we’re asked to transform one space in our home over the course of one month with just a $100 budget.
Don’t forget to read last week’s post before this one!
Today, I’m going to give you an update on where we’re at in the room (we’ve done a few things…) and simple instructions for building a DIY LEGO table like the one we built for his room.
We actually built this LEGO table for his birthday last year, but I hadn’t put the instructions on the blog yet and figured this would be a good time to share them!
So let’s start with that update, shall we?
Here’s a look at our mini-project list as of today:
Paint the green wall Remove the loft bed
- Build and install a new bed
- Organize the closet (which includes sorting through his clothes and all their books)
- Sort through and purge the non-LEGO toys and stuffed animals
- Install the cork wall
- Organize the LEGOs
- Final decorating!
You may have seen in my Instagram Stories, but most of this last weekend was actually spent working on installing and painting shiplap in our entryway….
Thus, all we did in Andrew’s room was paint the green wall to match the rest of the walls and take out the loft bed.
Prior to Christmas we did a lot of LEGO organizing (in the way of sorting them all by color and putting mini-figures or accessory pieces in designated bins) so I’d say we’re well on our way to finishing #7.
We also pulled most of the non-LEGO toys and stuffed animals out of the room when we took out the loft bed, so #5 (organizing/purging them) should be easy.
Here’s how the room looks currently:
It’s amazing to me how much bigger the room feels without that loft bed in there!
His twin bed will go under the window where the mattress is sitting now.
The only money we spent this week was $36 on the lumber for his twin bed frame.
I’m excited to get his new bed built and start getting a feel for the space with the new furniture!
Over the next week, our goals are to build and stain (or paint?) the bed frame and at least purchase the cork for his cork wall.
I hope you’ll continue to follow along with us as we makeover his room over the next few weeks!
And if your kids like LEGOs, this table is a MUST. 👇
How to Build a LEGO Table
For a printable copy of the materials and instructions, scroll down.
- Three 1″ x 3″ x 8′ Trim Board Finger Jointed
- Two 1″ x 2″ x 8′ Trim Board Finger Jointed
- One 2″ x 2″ x 8′ Furring Strip Board
- 2′ x 4′ x 3/4″ Melamine Board
- Two Clear Plastic Bins
- Furniture Sliders
- Wood Glue
- White Paint
DIY LEGO Table Instructions:
Step 1: Cut the Table to size
Either cut down the melamine board to the desired size or leave the stock dimensions.
Step 2: Build the Frame
Measure the melamine board and cut the 1″ x 3″ board to frame it out.
We mitered all the corners for a cleaner look.
Glue and nail the outer frame together.
Now, cut the 1″ x 2″ to fit inside the 1″ x 3″ frame you just created.
These joints don’t need to be mitered since these will be used as the melamine supports.
Install these pieces inside the 1″ x 3″ frame flushing up the bottom edges.
Add a little glue and nail together.
Then cut two more 1″ x 2″ boards to go the short ways and install them as middle supports. (Be sure to think about the size of clear bins you got so you don’t install them too wide where they’ll interfere with them later.)
While the glue is drying set the melamine board inside the frame to ensure all the corners are squared up.
Then remove it for now – you’ll install it after the base is painted.
Step 3: Attached Legs and Lower Supports
We are now going to use the 2″ x 2″ for our legs.
Cut to 18.5″ long, glue and nail into the inside corner of the 1″ x 2″ frame.
Measure from the outside of one leg to the outside of the other leg on the short side of your table.
Cut a 1″ x 3″ to this dimension.
Glue and nail to the legs.
We centered ours at 7.25″ from the bottom.
Your finished base (without the melamine top) should look like this:
Step 4: Caulk and Finish
For the entire base (not including the melamine board) caulk the seams and fill the holes.
Allow the spackle to dry and then sand down the entire table and paint the desired color.
We used white because we had some left over from other projects but customize as you desire.
Step 5: Install the Melamine & Bins
To install the clear storage bins, measure your bins and cut two holes into the melamine top using a jig saw.
Make sure your cut out is large enough to fit the base of the bin but narrow enough that it allows the bins to rest on the top of the melamine without falling through.
We chose to install large bins that would fit on either side of our son’s previously built LEGO tray.
After the holes for your bins are cut, set your melamine board in the base frame and nail it in from the side of the 1″ x 3″ in a few places to secure.
The last step is to build the LEGO board or tray to sit on top! Click here for my tutorial for that.
Of course, you could always install the LEGO bases directly on the table top, but I love that having them on the tray gives the option of making it removable!
We also chose to store many of the colored LEGOs in cheap, color-designated bins underneath the table.
Oh, and we added the simple carpet slider feet underneath the legs to make it easier to slide around in his room. 🙂
Nothing quite like an organized LEGO area!
What do you think?
As promised, here are the printable instructions:
- Cut the melamine board to the desired size for your table.
- Cut and nail together a frame for the melamine board out of 1x3 boards on-edge with mitered corners.
- Make a frame of 1x2 boards to fit inside the 1x3 frame you just build and nail it in at the base of your 1x3 frame.
- Cut and install two 1x2 supports in the middle of that 1x2 frame you just built.
- Cut for 18.5" long 2x2 pieces for the legs and nail them in the inside corner of the 1x2 frame underneath.
- Cut two leg supports out of 1x3 material at your smaller width and nail them 7.25" from the ground between the legs on either side.
- Caulk all the seams and spackle all the nail holes. Let dry.
- Paint the entire base your desired color.
- Cut holes in the melamine top to fit your clear plastic storage bins.
- Set the melamine top on the base and nail in place from the side in a few places.
- Set your clear bins in the top holes.
- Build a removable LEGO board to set on top.
- Add carpet slider feet underneath the legs and small color designated storage bins underneath the table for more organization.
Let me know if you have any questions as you go to build this DIY LEGO table with storage!
And be sure to check out all these other fun projects happening as a part of this challenge:
I’ll see you next Wednesday with another $100 Room Challenge update.