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.
Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
I absolutley love this! And it would totally my match my backyard decor. Your site is amazing. I especially like the thrifting posts. It's nice to read about another bloggers passion for scouring odds and ends.
DIY Show Off
Gail, you amaze me. You are so talented and make your creations look so easy! Love this!
Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
What a sweet little set and another great tutorial! You are amazing!
What a cute perfect set for the kids! Great projects!
I Play Outside The Box
I declare Gail...you could sell pieces of your drop cloth...looks like modern day art to me. lol
Love that little set!!! Ü
This set is just too adorable to not go quickly. I have no doubts that someone will be there to give it the love it deserves.
Have a GREAT day!
Full Circle Creations
Great job on the table! I think it will sell quickly. You don't find something like that everywhere! Nicely done!
Corn in my Coffee-Pot
Cute table and corner bench!
Like the bright color too...
catching up on some reading, I've been out a couple of weeks.
So adorable! I must convince you to come up here to the cooler weather and make me one in adult size ;o).
Have a sweet rest of the week!
Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking
That is just adorable. Kids just love their own size furniture!
Lovely little bench and table set. The design of the table is perfect! I just love you projects, you always get me thinking.
Beautiful project! This would be great for an activity corner in a play room. Love the simple design of the table! Thanks for sharing.
Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic
I love the design of that table! Wonderful job on the whole project, it'll go quick for sure.
Gail, you amaze me! I love, love the bench and the table just added more to it. Nice job as always.
I cannot imagine this will take long to sell...it would be perfect in someone's big family room, for sure. Fantastic job on the table as well as the bench...LOVE it!
Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
coach cassie's got your back! 😉 i love this little set- it's a great fit for those tight spaces for kids.