How to make own DIY kids table, make your own so you can customize the size!
Have you see the cute red banquette (bench) I made for the kiddos? Once I made the bench, I thought it needed a table. I didn’t have a table, so I built one from scratch. I’m going to show you how I put this diy kids table together.
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Determine the size of your kids table
I measured the empty space on the bench to determine the size my table should be. I cut some 1x6’s to length, then drilled some pocket holes with my Kreg Jig, attaching all the pieces together with pocket hole screws.
Why a pedestal table is better than a table with legs
I had originally thought I would do a table with 4 4x4 posts for legs. However, thinking things through, I realized that the kiddos would “knock their knees” on the legs as they scooted into the corner bench. Therefore I went with a pedestal type table. I used a 1x6 and a 1x4 for the base of the legs.
Routing edges gives a more finished look
I just guessed at how big they should be, cut them to length and then used my router on the edges.
After I did that I sort of laid them on the back side of the table to get an idea of where I wanted to place them.
Wood glue and screws combine for a secure joint
I used Gorilla Wood Glue to attach the top board to the bottom board of the base.
Mark table base for pedestal legs
I marked the placement of the 4x4 post on the bottom of the base, then drilled pilot holes.
I used 2 ½ inch drywall screws and gorilla wood glue to attach the 4x4’s to the base of the diy kids table.
Pocket hole screws secure pedestal legs
To attach the 4x4 post to the top of the table, I drilled pocket hole screws with my Kreg Jig Jr.
Frame table top for more strength
The pocket holes didn’t make the table top sturdy enough, so I added some 1x4’s to the bottom of the table. I mitered the corners to get a nice look/fit.
Pilot holes were drilled and the board was attached with Gorilla Wood glue and drywall screws.
The 1x4 pine is soft, so it was easy to countersink the screw heads. Doing this “frame” around the table really added stability to the table.
DIY kids corner bench and table
Testing it out!
Add primer and paint
Primed it with some gray oops paint and primer in one. I of course used my Finish Max to apply primer . . .
. . . and paint. I chose to paint the top of this table with a brush to get a really nice thick, protective top coat.
Cassie @ Primitive & Proper was my coach on this color. I sent her an “after” picture to ask her opinion of the color choice. She suggested red. (thanks Cassie!)
I have to say I LOVE it! No one will “knock their knees” on this. The only bad thing about this bench is it’s size. It’s nearly impossible for me to move alone. I must use a furniture dolly, and lay the bench down on its back.
DIY Red Corner Bench and Table for Playroom
As I said in the corner bench post, this would be great for a dining room, think homework and snacks. It would also be fabulous in a large bedroom or playroom.
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.