Building a Versatile Drop Leaf Craft Table for Your Craft Room

Crafting enthusiasts know the importance of having a dedicated space where they can let their creativity flow. If you’re looking to enhance your craft room organization and create a functional work area that can also accommodate guests, a drop leaf craft table on casters might be the perfect solution. In this article, we’ll explore how you can transform two IKEA KALLAX shelf units into a versatile craft table that can be easily rolled away when needed.

And the final product - the new drop leaf craft table on casters

Designing a Craft Table to Fit Your Needs

When designing a drop leaf craft table, it’s essential to consider your specific requirements. The dimensions of the table can be customized to suit your space and work surface needs. In this example, we’ll create a craft table that is 3-feet by 6-feet when the leaves are extended. The height of the table is set at 3-feet, which is an ideal work height for most crafters. The large casters allow for easy mobility on carpeted surfaces and can be locked to prevent rolling.

Crafting Materials and Supplies

To build your drop leaf craft table, you’ll need the following materials and supplies:

  • 2 IKEA KALLAX Shelf Units (2×2 cubes)
  • 4′ x 8′ sheet of cabinet-grade plywood
  • Piano hinges and screws
  • 24 2-1/2″ wood screws
  • 2x4s for frame support
  • 4 wood shims
  • Thin panel for the gap floor between the KALLAX units
  • Casters and screws
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Sandpaper
  • Pencil and tape measure
  • Primer and paint
  • Wood filler (if not using a top surface layer)
  • Wood glue
  • Straight edge and carpenter’s square
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Cut pieces and hardware laid out for the drop-leaf roll-away craft table

Building Your Drop Leaf Craft Table

Step 1: Prepare the Wood Pieces

Before assembly, it’s essential to sand all cut edges of the wood to ensure a smooth surface. You may also need to sand the faces of the wood, depending on the quality of the materials. A primer should be applied to one surface of the plywood, followed by two coats of paint on various components, such as drop-leaf support wings and 2×4 pieces.

Step 2: Create the Foundation Frame

Start by arranging the two KALLAX units in the middle of your workspace, leaving a five-inch gap between them. Place the 2×4 pieces on top of the units, aligning them to create the bottom frame for support and casters. Secure the frame to the units using wood screws, then attach the casters to the frame. For added stability, insert a support piece between the two KALLAX units.

Step 3: Adding the Top Work Surface

Flip over the table assembly, positioning it with the long 2x4s on the bottom. Place the table top and one drop leaf, bottom sides down, on the KALLAX units. Align them and attach the piano hinges to secure them together. Flip the table top over and center it on the KALLAX units, attaching it securely with screws. Fill any screw holes with wood putty, sand, prime, and paint if no top surface layer is added.

Step 4: Drop Leaf Supports

Attach piano hinges to the drop leaf support wings. Position the support wings against the outer edges of the KALLAX units and mark the screw-hole positions. Pre-drill the marked holes and secure the support wings using screws. Adjust the height of the drop leaves by placing shims between the wings and the leaves for a level work surface.

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Step 5: Optional Table Top Surface

If desired, cover the wood surface with a layer of PVC or a plastic covering with a printed grid system. Cut the PVC sheet to fit the table top and drop leaves, then adhere it using contact cement for a smooth and functional work surface.

Step 6: Mind the Gap

Utilize the gap between the two KALLAX units for storing large, flat items. Cut a piece of suitable material to fit as the “floor” of the gap and slide it into place.

The finished drop leaf craft table

Enjoy Your New Craft Table

Congratulations! With your drop leaf craft table complete, you now have a spacious and versatile workspace for your crafting endeavors. The table can be easily rolled out of the way when guests visit or when you need more floor space. Enhance your organization by adding storage bins to the KALLAX units, keeping your crafting supplies neat and easily accessible.

Remember, the dimensions and design of your drop leaf craft table can be customized based on your preferences and available space. Enjoy the process of building your own functional and stylish craft table, and let your creativity shine in your newly organized craft room.

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Learn how you can make this drop leaf craft table on casters for your craft room - made from two IKEA KALLAX shelves

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